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Report: Possible lottery pick Gary Harris of Michigan State to declare for draft


I don’t have a lot of rules I like to see teams follow in the draft, but there is one I do like:

Take the guys that can shoot the rock. They almost always can find a place in the league.

Which means teams should take Gary Harris on Michigan State, who as expected is going to declare the for draft, reports Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

This past season he carried an injury riddled Spartan team scoring 16.7 points a game and shooting 35 percent from three (it was 42 percent from three as a freshman when defenses were not focused on him, he can shoot). He’s got good size for an NBA two guard — 6’5” and 210 pounds, plus he’s a good athlete.

PBT’s draft expert Ed Isaacoson of and Rotoworld added that Harris has a great feel for the game on both ends — he’s a good defender now with the potential to become great.

There had been questions about how he would adapt to the NBA level but he seemed to answer those this season.

He’s expected to be picked in the teens, late lottery or just after. In the right situation he could make a real impact as a rookie.

Stan Van Gundy rips ‘selfish’ Pistons

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The Pistons had just 19 assists – to 22 turnovers – in their 93-83 loss to the Nets last night.

Stan Van Gundy was none too pleased.

On offensive problems:

I told them in there – that was the first thing – we’re not playing together at all. I thought it was a very selfish performance, and guys wouldn’t just pass the ball to open men. They wanted to see if they could take one more dribble to get their own shot, so the passing angles were gone. I just thought we forced play after play after play. We’re not willing to move the ball

On Reggie Jackson, who scored seven points on 3-of-10 shooting with six assists and six turnovers, and was coming off Achilles soreness:

He was not good at all. He was forcing everything.

On injuries to point guards – Jackson, Brandon Jennings and Steve Blake – hindering the team’s flow in practice and that carrying over to the game:

We could probably make a lot of excuses for our guys, but we were selfish.

Van Gundy is clearly trying to send a message, and the preseason is the best time to do it.

But it’s somewhat troubling he had to do it after this game.

Eight of the 10 Pistons who played against Brooklyn project to make the regular-season rotation. Joel Anthony played over Aron Baynes, and once healthy, Blake could challenge Spencer Dinwiddie to become back up point guard – at least until Jennings is ready. Otherwise, Detroit – with Jackson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Marcus Morris, Ersan Ilyasova, Andre Drummond, Jodie Meeks, Stanley Johnson and Anthony Tolliver – looked similar to its opening-night lineup.

Van Gundy is blunt, but he doesn’t tell the media things he hasn’t already directly told his players. They appreciate that.

He’d appreciate them getting this message.

Report: Dwight Howard didn’t have offseason surgery

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Dwight Howard said he played with a torn MCL and meniscus in the Western Conference finals – pretty shocking news that few knew what to make of.

So, um, did he have offseason surgery?

Calvin Watkins of ESPN:

Howard obviously feels great about his health now, so maybe this was the right course.

We’ll never how Howard would have performed if fully healthy, but he averaged 14.4 points and 14.4 rebounds in 35.1 minutes per game against the Warriors during the conference finals. How bad could the injuries have been?