Shabazz Muhammad

SI’s Chris Mannix takes look at NBA Draft’s most undervalued

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Some interesting thoughts here from Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated and the NBC Sports Network, talking about the guys he thinks are most undervalued in this draft.

I can see Bucknell’s Mike Muscala, who might be more of a stretch four in the NBA but has skills and polish. He likes Ricky Ledo and so do a lot of scouts, to me his is a Lance Stephenson type — could be great or could just bust.

We will agree to disagree about Shabazz Muhammad. The guy certainly can score but I have questions about the diversity of his game and there are questions about his attitude. We shall see.

PBT Extra bold prediction previews: Clippers ready to win West?

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With our PBT Extra videos, we are previewing the entire NBA by using bold predictions, starting in the Pacific Division (we already did the Warriors).

Some of those predictions come from fans on Twitter where I had sent out a request, including the bold prediction for the Clippers.

It could happen, they are certainly contenders. But two things need to happen.

The big one is their defense, which was middle of the pack last season, needs to move into the top 10 (and DeAndre Jordan needs to play consistently like a guy who is third in Defensive Player of the Year voting).

Second is the new and improved bench unit of Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, and Jamal Crawford (he’s not new) need to mesh into a unit. Those are three guys who like to create for themselves and make questionable shot choices, getting them play well with others could be a bumpy road.

Stephen Curry gives high five while his shot is in air (video)

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Stephen Curry said the defending-champion Warriors would have no problem picking up where they left off.

His swagger certainly remains intact.