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Kentucky’s James Young, Duke’s Rodney Hood declare for NBA draft

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Two swingmen likely taken in the first round will be entering the NBA Draft.

Kentucky’s James Young made it official, declaring through the university he is going to enter the draft.

Duke’s Rodney Hood will join him in this draft class, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Young has good NBA size, 6’7” with a 6’11” wingspan, and he is extremely athletic. Those kind of things get you drafted and why he is considered a pick in the teens by some. But PBT’s draft expert, Ed Isaacson of NBADraftBlog.com and Rotoworld, sees a couple red flags. While he shot 34 percent from three this season and can be a good long-range shooter he is not consistent right now, Isaacson said.

“He needs serious work on ball handling and defense,” Isaacson added.

Hood was expected to go pro, Mike Krzyzewski even hinted at it after Duke was eliminated from the tournament.

Hood, who spent just one year at Duke after transferring from Mississippi State, is 6’8” and has the athleticism and movements of an NBA wing. He also can shoot the rock — 42 percent from three with a sweet looking stroke — who can put the ball on the floor and get to the rim. Those things will get him a look by NBA teams. His defense was in question, but Isaacson said his defense has improved this season.

“He needs to watch a tendency to force things or on flip side, disappear for long stretches,” Isaacson said. “I would expect him to be picked 12-18.”

DraftExpress has Young going 15 and Hood 22. Mocks shift some after the lottery. The middle of the draft becomes pretty fluid after the combine and workouts give teams ideas of whom they really want in those slots.

All Chandler Parsons wants for Christmas is healthy knees

Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons poses for a picture on NBA basketball media day Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. Parsons signed with the Grizzlies in July. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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It almost fits the song: “All I wants for Christmas is healthy knees, healthy knees, healthy knees.”

Chandler Parsons took to Twitter to answer questions from fans, and there were a few good answers in there but my favorite was this one:

Parsons has played in just six games for the Grizzlies this season, missing the start of the season to recover from off-season knee surgery, then now he has missed the last eight games with a knee bone bruise. The banged up Grizzlies could really use his shot creation back in the lineup.

As for other good questions/answers there was this combo, with a little help from ESPN’s Zach Lowe:

And then there’s this for the haters.

Sit back and watch the top 10 dunks from the first five weeks of NBA season

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Who doesn’t love a good dunk compilation?

Well, somebody probably just said “bah, humbug” but is that the person you really want to hang out with?

The fine folks at NBA.com put together the Top 10 dunks of October and November, and when Rudy Gobert dunking over Kristaps Porzingis is all the way down at 10, you know it’s a good list. Put off starting your Christmas shopping, at least for another 2:44, and watch the video.

Want to watch Chance the Rapper throw dodgeballs at mascots? Here you go.

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Want to watch Chance the Rapper throw dodgeballs at mascots? Of course you do. How is that even a question?

Above you can see just that from Chicago Friday night (where Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler and the Bulls knocked off the Cavaliers). Benny the Bull is on his side as well, while the Cubs’ mascot and others try and stay out of the way.

I’ll take this over another kids’ dribbling contest any day.

LaMarcus Aldridge, Manu Ginobili hustling saves lead to Spurs bucket (VIDEO)

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That’s about the most Spurs play ever.

During the third quarter of San Antonio’s win over Washington Friday night, LaMarcus Aldridge saved the ball from going out-of-bounds on the baseline, he threw it out high to Manu Ginobili, who had to leap and save it from going into the backcourt. Two hustle plays. From there the Spurs whipped the ball around the perimeter, and it ended up back to Aldridge on the baseline, where he nailed the 12-foot jumper.

Eventually, the Spurs would get a Kawhi Leonard jumper to give them the victory.