Marshall v Kentucky

John Calipari: Cavaliers’ GM scouted Kentucky more than any other GM


There’s a big risk that comes with draft Nerlens Noel.

And not just his torn ACL.

Noel played only 24 games last season, and although that’s more than twice as many as Kyrie Irving did his lone season at Duke, it’s still a pretty small sample. I think Noel proved enough to justify becoming the No. 1 pick if his injury checks out OK, but I’d be more confident if he had played more.

NBA teams typically have access to college practices, so they should have more info than the rest of us. It’s sound like that’s especially true of the Cavaliers with Noel.

John Calipari, via Mary Schmitt Boyer of The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer:

“Chris Grant has been in our building more than any other GM. That’s no disrespect to any other GM. That’s just a fact. He and his staff are very thorough in what they’ve done.

If Noel (again, assuming there are no additional red flags with his injury) impressed Grant in the moments the rest of us couldn’t see, Cleveland will will probably draft the Kentucky center. If Noel didn’t, the Cavaliers might pass.

Either way, this means the Cavaliers should get this pick right – if they can correctly diagnose his injury future, which is another matter entirely. But this is a first step before tackling that larger issue.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.