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N.C. State’s T.J. Warren makes it official, entering NBA Draft

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This had been expected for almost a week, but Tuesday it became official:

North Carolina State’s T.J. Warren is declaring for the NBA Draft. The announcement was made through the university.

“It’s been a fun ride the last few years. I’ve had some great experiences and now I feel I’m ready to play at the next level,” Warren said in a released statement. “Playing in the NBA has been a lifelong dream of mine and playing at NC State has prepared me well to achieve my dream.”

Warren is projected as a mid first-round pick, reports PBT’s draft expert Ed Isaacson of

The 6’8” forward can put up points, he was third in the nation at 24.9 per game. He did that scoring in transition with a good midrange shooting game. Which is what makes him interesting as an NBA level prospect — NBA teams are moving away from the midrange game. If you’re shooting from there you better create your own shot then hit a high percentage from there (Dirk Nowitzki is the model here).

Warren is not great at creating his own shot and he knocked down just 27 percent of his threes last season — NBA teams are going to work on him to improve that. You can’t play the three or be a small four in the NBA unless you can shoot with real range and space the floor.

That said he can defend and can become an interesting rotation player in the NBA. He’s going to give that a shot starting next year.

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.