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Cody Zeller says he has no idea where he’s getting drafted either


This is about as fluid an NBA Draft as we have seen. There are a lot of role player potential picks in this draft but no likely breakout stars, which means teams aren’t “in love” with guys so much and are willing to move out or down looking for any kind of value.

Which means guys such as Indiana’s Cody Zeller have no idea where he’s going to be drafted. Zeller swung by the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday and talked workouts — he’s had 10, but teams pretty much knew his game from college they just wanted to know more about him — and who is the best of the Zeller brothers. Who do you think he would pick?

DraftExpress has Zeller going No. 11 right now, but anywhere between 8 and 15 seems possible. Good news is if he goes to the Sixers at No. 11 he will play better this coming season than Andrew Bynum did for them last season.

PBT NBA Draft Preview: Has Shabazz Muhammad slid into a real value pick?

Shabazz Muhammad

For the next five weeks PBT will be profiling likely first-round draft picks in the upcoming NBA Draft. Tonight we look at UCLA’s star from last season.

If you looked at the early 2013 NBA draft projections that came out right after the 2012 draft, Shabazz Muhammad was in everybody’s top three. He was the college recruit that was going to save Ben Howland at UCLA and go on to be a big-time NBA player.

Things look very different a year later.

In college the weaknesses in Muhammad’s game were exposed and he couldn’t just be a bully scorer anymore. Then came the revelation in a Los Angeles Times piece that he is 20 years old, not 19. (When you play a physical game, being a high schooler a year older than everyone is a big advantage.) Right now DraftExpress has him going at No. 10.

I got to see a fair amount of him in college and Muhammad can still ball — he can score a variety of ways and he can defend, he’s high energy — but he’s seen as a rotation player on the wing (he’s 6’6”). Sometimes players like this that slide can slide too far — they go from being overvalued to undervalued. We’ll see if that’s the case here.


He can score. He’s physically strong and knows how to use that to get the shots he wants — he’s what you’d call a bully scorer in a lot of ways. He made a living in college just dominating smaller defenders and he can do that in the pros. He also runs the floor really well and can score in transition.

If he goes to a team with a strong point guard already he can be very dangerous — he can catch and shoot threes, he can cut and slash, and with that strength he finishes around the rim.

But really the best thing about him is the effort — when things are going his way (he can slack when shots don’t fall). When he’s on he doesn’t take plays off at either end. He will work hard on defense, he’s physical and he can grind. He wants to get better. He has the mentality Tom Thibodeau would love. Which is a good sign.


He’s very one-handed — he’s all left hand. That makes him easier to defend and that was already a bit of an issue. While he knows how to score he’s not a guy who can really create his own shot at the NBA level. He could be a guy taking a lot of contested runners. Again, this becomes about fit, in the right system his style of scoring would have value. But he’s not a guy you want to get in a lot of isolation situations in the NBA.

The other concern is that he’s not that athletic (solid but not explosive by NBA standards) and he’s an inch or two shorter than a handful of the threes he likely guards at the NBA. While he has the effort, is he ripe to get abused in mismatches?

There also were a number of red flags for teams — academic issues, an overbearing father, questions about how good a teammate he was. Interviews at the draft combine and at workouts will matter a lot for him; he needs to dispel all that.


Probably between five and 10 (DraftExpress says 10). Again, this is a guy I think could really thrive in the right system with the right point guard next to him. Teams such as the Wizards, the Timberwolves and the Trail Blazers (with guards who can create for him) could put Muhammad in the rotation and get some value right away.

Also remember to look at the guys who have come out of Ben Howland’s UCLA in recent years (Jrue Holiday, for example) — they look a lot better in the pros than they did in his system.

Here is the complete list of early entrants for 2013 NBA Draft

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The early entrant list for the NBA Draft — also known as the list of guys NBA teams want to draft — is now official. The league released it on Wednesday.

What follows is the complete list. Said list contains the guys who are going to go high and who you know — Nerlens Noel, Trey Burke, Ben McLemore, etc. — and a bunch of guys who threw their name in but are as likely to be drafted as you and me.

On the bottom is the list of international players who have thrown their hat in the ring this year, and you want to get to know guys like Dennis Schroder and Sergey Karasev because they will be picked in the first round.

Here is the list of college underclassmen who declared (in alphabetical order, followed by their college and height):

Steven Adams (Pittsburgh,7-0)
C.J. Aiken (St. Joseph’s, 6-9)
Anthony Bennett (UNLV, 6-8)
Vander Blue (Marquette, 6-4)
Lorenzo Brown (North Carolina State, 6-5)
Reggie Bullock (North Carolina, 6-7)
Trey Burke (Michigan, 6-0)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Georgia, 6-5)
Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse, 6-5)
Adrien Coleman (Bethune-Cookman, 6-5)
Allen Crabbe (California, 6-6)
Dewayne Dedmon (Southern California, 7-0)
Gorgui Dieng (Louisville, 6-11)
Jamaal Franklin (San Diego State, 6-5)
Archie Goodwin, (Kentucky, 6-4)
Tim Hardaway Jr. (Michigan, 6-6)
Grant Jerrett (Arizona, 6-10)
Christian Kabongo (New Mexico State, 6-4)
Myck Kabongo (Texas, 6-1)
Shane Larkin (Miami, 5-11)
Ricky Ledo (Providence, 6-7)
Alex Len (Maryland, 7-1)
C.J. Leslie (North Carolina State, 6-9)
Nurideen Lindsey (Rider, 6-3)
Amath M’Baye (Oklahoma, 6-9)
Ray McCallum (Detroit, 6-3)
Ben McLemore (Kansas, 6-5)
Tony Mitchell (North Texas, 6-8)
Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA, 6-6)
Nerlens Noel (Kentucky, 6-10)
Victor Oladipo (Indiana, 6-5)
Kelly Olynyk (Gonzaga, 7-0)
Norvel Pelle (Los Angeles College Prep. Acad. 6-9)
Otto Porter Jr. (Georgetown, 6-8)
Marshawn Powell (Arkansas, 6-7)
Phil Pressey (Missouri, 5-11)
Andre Roberson (Colorado, 6-7)
Joshua Simmons (Spartanburg Methodist JC, 6-4)
Trevis Simpson (North Carolina-Greensboro, 6-4)
Tony Snell (New Mexico, 6-7)
Tahj Tate (Delaware State, 6-4)
John Taylor (Fresno Pacific, 6-1)
Adonis Thomas (Memphis, 6-7)
Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State, 6-7)
B.J. Young (Arkansas, 6-3)
Cody Zeller (Indiana, 6-11)

Here are the international players who declared (with the team and country they play for currently)

Alejandro Abrines , Barcelona (Spain)
Giannis Adetokunbo, Filathlitikos (Greece)
Francois Affia Ambadiang, Geoplin Slovan (Slovenia)
Nemanja Besovic, Partizan (Serbia)
Bogdan Bogdanovic, Partizan (Serbia)
Matias Bortolin, Arkadia (Austria)
Linos Chrysikopoulos, PAOK (Greece)
Laszlo Dobos, Zaragoza (Spain)
Dorde Drenovac, Biancoblu (Italy)
Viktor Gaddefors, Oknoplast Bologna (Italy)
Rudy Gobert, Cholet (France)
Mouhammadou Jaiteh, Boulogne (France)
Livio Jean-Charles, ASVEL (France)
Sergey Karasev, Triumph (Russia)
Louis Labeyrie, Paris-Levallois (France)
Raul Neto, Lagun Aro GBC (Spain)
Philipp Neumann, Brose Baskets (Germany)
Lucas Riva Nogueira, Estudiantes (Spain)
Alexandre Paranhos, Flamengo (Brazil)
Artem Pustovyi, Khimik (Ukraine)
Bogdan Radosavljevic, Bayern Muenchen (Germany)
Marko Ramljak , Zadar (Croatia)
Dario Saric, Cibona (Croatia)B
Dennis Schroder, New Yorker Phantoms (Germany)
Strahinja Stojacic, Smederevo (Serbia)
Walter Tavares, Gran Canaria (Spain)
Daniel Theis, Ratiopharm (Germany)
Janis Timma, Ventspils (Latvia)

As expected, UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad declares for draft

Shabazz Muhammad

While his stock has fallen in the last few months — he’s gone from a guy considered in the top three to a guy DraftExpress has going No. 9 overall right now — this was still expected.

UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad has declared for the NBA draft, the school announced on Tuesday.

“I am so thankful for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play at UCLA and will always be proud to be a Bruin,” Muhammad said in a released statement. “From a young age, I have dreamed of playing in the NBA, and I believe that this is the right time for me to move to the next level.”

Muhammad is a 20-year-old, 6’6” swingman with a strong 220-pound frame and a crazy 6’11” wingspan. That length and a real intensity on the court make him a good defender on the wing and that is going to help him in the NBA (although his defensive focus could waiver when his offense struggled).

On the other end of the court, he’s a scorer, pure and simple. He led the Bruins with 17.9 points a game. But there are questions about how his game translates to the NBA.

First, he gets very little of his offense in isolation or in the pick-and-roll (less than 6 percent at UCLA, according to DraftExpress), which is something he’s going to have to do a lot more of at the NBA level.

Muhammad is what you would call a “bully scorer” — he used his superior strength to muscle his way into position to get buckets. He scored from the post a lot, he got to the line a lot, he ran curls to get the ball at the free throw line and made one-dribble moves a lot. There are some guys who can be successful using their strength to score in the NBA — LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony get points that way — but Muhammad is going to struggle to do that against the men of the NBA, his physical advantages dissipate. He isn’t big or strong enough to be able to post up a lot of NBA threes. He’s not such an athlete that he will dominate on the wing.

Also, he’s left hand dominant to a ridiculous degree and needs to develop a better right hand.

Scouts are picking apart his game right now and so he falls down the board (a year ago he was thought to be the No. 1 pick in this draft). There were recruiting questions. The fact that his father was heavy-handed in his development and had listed him as 19 for years when an L.A. Times investigation found he was 20 doesn’t help (it’s easier to use your strength to score as a teenager when you’re a year older than the competition). There are questions.

But he’s long and can defend, and he has a scorer’s mentality. He can fit in the NBA. He’s going to have to work and adjust, but he can become a good rotation player. And he’s going to go in the lottery, so this was a smart move for him (even if Steve Alford would have loved to have him for a year).

Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel declares for draft, could go No. 1

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We didn’t get to see Nerlens Noel in the NCAA Tournament because: 1) Kentucky sucked this year and didn’t make it (they were bounced in the first round of the NIT); 2) He had already blown out his ACL and was done for the season.

Yet he shows enough potential, and this is a down enough draft year, he could still go No. 1 overall. DraftExpress and other draft watchers currently have him there.

So it’s no shock that he announced Monday he would declare for the NBA draft.

“I have loved my time at Kentucky, but I feel that I’m ready to take the next step to the NBA,” Noel said in a released statement. “I’ve learned so much here at UK and am thankful for Coach (John) Calipari, the staff and my teammates for all of their support. I especially appreciate the Big Blue Nation and all of the support, prayers and well-wishes I’ve received from them during my rehab and decision-making process.”

Noel averaged 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, plus he led the SEC in blocked shots. Why he goes No. 1 is that he is a physical specimen with a lot of potential — he measured 6’10” without shoes, has a 7’4” wing span and runs the floor like a gazelle. He can be an impact defender early on in his career.

The drawback is he needs to get a lot stronger and needs to get a lot more polished on offense. His footwork is not going to remind you of Tim Duncan. He’s okay near the basket but has no midrange game.

Then there is the knee surgery in February — he tore his ACL on a chase-down block. He’s still going to be on the comeback trail as the season starts.

But you don’t draft a guy for what he can do his rookie year, you draft him for what he can do three years from now.

In a draft where there is not believed to be a franchise player, no lock No. 1, a draft where you gamble a little with the top pick, wouldn’t you gamble on a very athletic big man? Most likely a team will in the top spot.