The two top 2017 draft prospects on lousy college teams are turning pro.
First, reportedly, North Carolina State point guard Dennis Smith Jr. And, now, Washington point guard Markelle Fultz.
Fultz is the most complete prospect in this draft. He scores inside and out, sets up teammates and defends — with size and athleticism that instill faith in his ability to translate to the pros.
That well-rounded game has Fultz in the running to be the No. 1 pick, though a late knee injury raises concern. Fultz’s main competition: UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball, who’s even taller and has more tantalizing athleticism.
Fultz’s season is over, Washington finishing 9-22. His case for the top pick is strong, and he’s probably favored right now. But Ball can keep building through the NCAA tournament and maybe set up an intriguing battle for the No. 1 pick during the pre-draft process.
The Grizzlies lost for the 15th time in their last 16 games, a 25-point drubbing at home against the Heat, last night.
But it wasn’t all doom and gloom in Memphis.
This young fan – while playing in the halftime scrimmage – stopped his dribble, stepped on the ball, whipped off his youth jersey to reveal a Marc Gasol jersey, flexed, re-started his dribbled then drove for a basket.
Matt Ellentuck of SB Nation:
The Grizzlies don’t deserve this hero.
For better or worse, DeMarcus Cousins is moody.
Just after getting dunked on by Clint Capela, Cousins showed his frustration by pushing Trevor Ariza after a whistle. The Pelicans center got his NBA-leading ninth technical foul – automatic suspension triggered at No. 16 – but I’m surprised this didn’t escalate beyond just that.
The Thunder suffered a rough home loss to the Hornets, but at least Oklahoma City produced a couple fun highlights.
Not only did Russell Westbrook have this powerful dunk, Paul George put the moves on Jeremy Lamb.
David West is 37 years old.