Getting the Klay Thompson 2011 Draft Right

It usually takes four to six seasons to finally understand everything a player can do. Can he score? Rebound? Can he absorb pressure? Is he a contact player, tough at the rim? Can he take physical punishment and still score? How is he built mentally? Does he shy away from moments of consequence or attack…

Adam Morrison Was Here….No, Really He Was

(Part Three in a series on failed lottery picks) If you are counting, and very few care enough to do so, it was six years after Adam Morrison walked off the Staples Center court that he walked back on. The night of his return was not an Adam Morrison hallmark. His homecoming of sorts was…

Brandon Ingram, not Ben Simmons

In the last couple of drafts, there have been two clear-cut top prospects that have stirred up debate. Last year, it was Karl-Anthony Towns v. Jahlil Okafor; the previous year it was Andrew Wiggins  and Jabari Parker. This year’s upcoming draft resonates this trend with the likes of Ben Simmons of LSU and Brandon Ingram…

Mock Draft 2016: A Look at the Lottery

1. Philadelphia- Ben Simmons (LSU) It has become trendy to point out his flaws, but Simmons was arguably the best player in college last year.  After the departure of former GM Sam Hinkie, it’s less likely that the Sixers will make an unexpected pick.  The native of Australia scored 19 per game at LSU and…

Ben Simmons: Yes or No?

The Philadelphia 76ers are on the clock.Within a couple of weeks they have to answer the question: is the upside of Ben Simmons worth it? Or, should they select the more polished scorer Brandon Ingram, who just completed a workout for the Sixers? For the 76ers, after three years of abject misery, they are finally…

In a Ben Simmons World, the 76ers Fail Up

The Philadelphia 76ers are headed towards a Ben Simmons marriage much to the dismay of Simmons who was hoping the Lakers would be gifted with the top prize. That would have added millions to Simmons shoe deal and force Nike into a new ceiling for the soon to be rookie. But more than likely, Simmons…

Furkan Korkmaz in Denver?

Furkan Korkmaz is just 18 years of age, but he has already displayed offensive gifts impressive enough to label him a future NBA starter.  The 6’8” guard from Turkey was a standout in the 2015 Under-19 European championships despite being a year younger than much of the competition at the time.  He also won gold…

If the Draft Lottery Were Today, These Are the 14

The NBA Draft Lottery is part beauty pageant, part hopeful dreaming, with a little bit of knowledge thrown in. For the most part, league executives are guessing, based on information they have been able to gather in a shortened window. Coming to conclusions based on individual workouts has its ups and downs. Either you get…