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.
Ryan Anderson‘s girlfriend, Gia Allemand, committed suicide in 2014. I can’t even imagine having to handle that.
But it seems Anderson has found happiness.
Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:
Carmelo Anthony said he’d consider waiving his no-trade clause if the Knicks want to rebuild, which could be welcome news considering that’s what Phil Jackson reportedly wants to do.
But, after letting the trade deadline pass without a move, New York must convince Anthony of a plan — any plan — before getting him onboard.
Ian Begley of ESPN:
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony said he doesn’t understand management’s vision for the future after the club’s inactivity at Thursday’s trade deadline.
“No, not now. No, to be honest with you,” Anthony said late Thursday night. “I think they were kind of planning on the trade deadline, whether they were trying to make moves. I think that was one plan. Now they’ve got to get back to the drawing board and come up with another plan about the future of this team.”
It seems the Knicks want to rebuild around Kristaps Porzingis, but they’re already down another road with long-term money tied to Anthony (32), Joakim Noah (31), Courtney Lee (31) and Lance Thomas (28). There’s no simple way to pivot into a new direction — especially with Anthony possessing a no-trade clause.
Maybe Anthony will never waive it, but appears the Knicks continue to approach this the worst way possible.
Of all the players the Knicks could have shed at the trade deadline — including Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Courtney Lee, Brandon Jennings and Kyle O'Quinn — New York is losing the one it values most.
Kristaps Porzingis sprained his ankle in the Knicks’ loss to the Cavaliers last night, but at least it doesn’t sound too serious.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
The Knicks — 23-35, five games and four teams out of playoff position — were already going nowhere. Now, they’ll be a little less watchable while going nowhere.
As long as there are no lasting effects or indications of Porzingis being especially susceptible to injury, this is no big deal.
JaVale McGee hasn’t liked Shaquille O’Neal targeting him, and the Warriors center sure disliked the above video.
Due to the All-Star break, there was no fresh content for Shaqtin’ A Fool. So, TNT ran that spoof video with Shaq mocking McGee lowlights.
After Golden State beat the Clippers, McGee and Shaq engaged on Twitter:
And attention was received by all.