Here is the complete list of early entrants for 2013 NBA Draft

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The early entrant list for the NBA Draft — also known as the list of guys NBA teams want to draft — is now official. The league released it on Wednesday.

What follows is the complete list. Said list contains the guys who are going to go high and who you know — Nerlens Noel, Trey Burke, Ben McLemore, etc. — and a bunch of guys who threw their name in but are as likely to be drafted as you and me.

On the bottom is the list of international players who have thrown their hat in the ring this year, and you want to get to know guys like Dennis Schroder and Sergey Karasev because they will be picked in the first round.

Here is the list of college underclassmen who declared (in alphabetical order, followed by their college and height):

Steven Adams (Pittsburgh,7-0)
C.J. Aiken (St. Joseph’s, 6-9)
Anthony Bennett (UNLV, 6-8)
Vander Blue (Marquette, 6-4)
Lorenzo Brown (North Carolina State, 6-5)
Reggie Bullock (North Carolina, 6-7)
Trey Burke (Michigan, 6-0)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Georgia, 6-5)
Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse, 6-5)
Adrien Coleman (Bethune-Cookman, 6-5)
Allen Crabbe (California, 6-6)
Dewayne Dedmon (Southern California, 7-0)
Gorgui Dieng (Louisville, 6-11)
Jamaal Franklin (San Diego State, 6-5)
Archie Goodwin, (Kentucky, 6-4)
Tim Hardaway Jr. (Michigan, 6-6)
Grant Jerrett (Arizona, 6-10)
Christian Kabongo (New Mexico State, 6-4)
Myck Kabongo (Texas, 6-1)
Shane Larkin (Miami, 5-11)
Ricky Ledo (Providence, 6-7)
Alex Len (Maryland, 7-1)
C.J. Leslie (North Carolina State, 6-9)
Nurideen Lindsey (Rider, 6-3)
Amath M’Baye (Oklahoma, 6-9)
Ray McCallum (Detroit, 6-3)
Ben McLemore (Kansas, 6-5)
Tony Mitchell (North Texas, 6-8)
Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA, 6-6)
Nerlens Noel (Kentucky, 6-10)
Victor Oladipo (Indiana, 6-5)
Kelly Olynyk (Gonzaga, 7-0)
Norvel Pelle (Los Angeles College Prep. Acad. 6-9)
Otto Porter Jr. (Georgetown, 6-8)
Marshawn Powell (Arkansas, 6-7)
Phil Pressey (Missouri, 5-11)
Andre Roberson (Colorado, 6-7)
Joshua Simmons (Spartanburg Methodist JC, 6-4)
Trevis Simpson (North Carolina-Greensboro, 6-4)
Tony Snell (New Mexico, 6-7)
Tahj Tate (Delaware State, 6-4)
John Taylor (Fresno Pacific, 6-1)
Adonis Thomas (Memphis, 6-7)
Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State, 6-7)
B.J. Young (Arkansas, 6-3)
Cody Zeller (Indiana, 6-11)

Here are the international players who declared (with the team and country they play for currently)

Alejandro Abrines , Barcelona (Spain)
Giannis Adetokunbo, Filathlitikos (Greece)
Francois Affia Ambadiang, Geoplin Slovan (Slovenia)
Nemanja Besovic, Partizan (Serbia)
Bogdan Bogdanovic, Partizan (Serbia)
Matias Bortolin, Arkadia (Austria)
Linos Chrysikopoulos, PAOK (Greece)
Laszlo Dobos, Zaragoza (Spain)
Dorde Drenovac, Biancoblu (Italy)
Viktor Gaddefors, Oknoplast Bologna (Italy)
Rudy Gobert, Cholet (France)
Mouhammadou Jaiteh, Boulogne (France)
Livio Jean-Charles, ASVEL (France)
Sergey Karasev, Triumph (Russia)
Louis Labeyrie, Paris-Levallois (France)
Raul Neto, Lagun Aro GBC (Spain)
Philipp Neumann, Brose Baskets (Germany)
Lucas Riva Nogueira, Estudiantes (Spain)
Alexandre Paranhos, Flamengo (Brazil)
Artem Pustovyi, Khimik (Ukraine)
Bogdan Radosavljevic, Bayern Muenchen (Germany)
Marko Ramljak , Zadar (Croatia)
Dario Saric, Cibona (Croatia)B
Dennis Schroder, New Yorker Phantoms (Germany)
Strahinja Stojacic, Smederevo (Serbia)
Walter Tavares, Gran Canaria (Spain)
Daniel Theis, Ratiopharm (Germany)
Janis Timma, Ventspils (Latvia)

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek: “We can use some more defensive players”

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For all the flipping between the triangle and a more modern offense, despite ball stopping by Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony, the New York Knicks offense is 17th in the NBA for the season. Not good, but the middle of the pack, right around Oklahoma City, Miami, and Memphis — all playoff teams (or potential ones in Miami’s case).

The reason the Knicks season ends in seven games is their defense — 25th in the NBA. Put the triangle in (and get players who fit the system) or don’t, but that’s not the end of the court where the Knicks need to improve. And while system matters on defense, the fact of the matter the Knicks roster is loaded with poor and/or indifferent individual defenders.

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek emphasized all this speaking to ESPN’s Ian Begley.

“I think if you look at our defense this year, we can use some more defensive players,” Hornacek said. “[Management] will look at that. [General manager] Steve [Mills] and [president] Phil [Jackson] and those guys will look at whatever can help us out. We know we need some help there.”

Admitting you have a problem is the first step. Now comes the time for action.

The Knicks are going to have a Top 10 draft pick (currently sixth) plus max-player money in free agency. Also, they are looking to move Anthony this summer (he has a no-trade clause so he will have to agree to it). All of which is to say they have a chance to reshape this roster into one that will have more of a defensive focus. Or any defensive focus for that matter.

It will be interesting to see if the Knicks target more defensive minded free agents this summer, ones who might fit the triangle offense such as Thabo Sefolosha, or to a lesser extent Tony Allen. It’s going to be a fascinating summer in New York.

Master P says Pelicans should hire him as assistant coach: ‘I’m serious’

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Did you know Master P had two NBA contracts?

Percy Miller was with the Hornets before the 1999 season and the Raptors before the 1999-00 season. But he was cut in the preseason both times.

These were mostly publicity stunts. Still, the rapper could actually play a bit. NBA quality? He long insisted yes, though his music career provided a convenient and lucrative excuse for sidetracking his basketball ambitions.

Yet, now, the New Orleans native says he wants back in the NBA with the Pelicans — in a different role.

Master P, via TMZ:

I think they need me to be an assistant coach.

I’m serious about coaching.

I don’t think he’s actually serious.

But if he is, would it be a good idea? Probably not. The Pelicans have real issues integrating Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, and they need devoted coaches, not passing entertainers, to solve this.

Would it be fun? Heck yeah.

Pistons’ D-League team wins on buzzer-beater unlike any you’ve ever seen (video)

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Sending an inbound pass through the rim is, of course, a turnover.

But sending an inbound pass off the rim to a teammate who converts the shot? Sure, that counts.

Ray McCallum and Ramon Harris gave the Pistons-affiliated Grand Rapids Drive a win over the Pacers-affiliated Fort Wayne Mad Ants on a play the D-League amusingly dubbed a “put-back.”

Duke’s Harry Giles, once a potential No. 1 pick, declares for NBA draft

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About a year ago, Harry Giles looked like he could be the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA draft.

But multiple knee injuries have added up and contributed to a lackluster freshman year at Duke, especially considering Giles started the season late due to his latest knee surgery.

Where does this leave him with the NBA?

We’ll find out.

Duke release:

Duke freshman forward Harry Giles has announced that he will enter his name in the 2017 NBA Draft.

At his best, Giles is an athletic power forward who plays with skill and energy. But we didn’t see much, if any, of that player during 11.5 minutes per game in just 26 contests at Duke.

Medical testing will define everything for Giles. He’s projected to go somewhere in the middle of the first round, but that’s a wide range with so much uncertainty about his knees.

Helping Giles: Joel Embiid‘s success after entering the NBA with major red flags about his health. Even though Embiid is again injured, he was so good while on the court for the 76ers. That’s a favorable recent comparison for Giles.