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 NBADraftblog.com 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.
The Nets’ signed Rockets restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas to an offer sheet. Houston elected to match.
Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:
Houston has a right to demand Motiejunas undergo a physical within two days of exercising its matching rights, which it did yesterday. Motiejunas is requires to answer questions truthfully and supply requested medical information.
If Motiejunas fails to meet those requirements, he hangs in limbo until the Rockets decide his fate.
At any time between now and March 1, they could elect to undo their offer-sheet match. That would invalidate Motiejunas’ offer sheet and make him a restricted free agent again, and the Nets couldn’t sign him for a year. On March 2, the same effect will become automatic.
I don’t see what Motiejunas gains by not reporting. If he fails his Houston physical, he’d go to Brooklyn on the terms of the offer sheet.
By not undergoing the physical, he goes nowhere.
Klay Thompson might have had the huge game for the Warriors, but Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant teamed up for the Warriors’ most spectacular play against the Pacers.
Once Green released his long outlet pass, the ball travelled three-quarters of the court and into the basket without a player touching it and the floor simultaneously.
Here’s another angle:
Andrew Bogut patting Cody Zeller on the head, even if unintentional, was the perfect response to Dwight Powell dunking on the Hornets center.
There, there, Cody. It’ll be OK.
At least Charlotte got a 109-101 win over the Mavericks.
Klay Thompson scored an incredible 60 points in 29 minutes.
So, what did Stephen Curry do? Dump ice on his Warriors teammate during the post-game interview, of course.
That didn’t cool down Thompson, who’s probably still hot this morning.