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Here are all 108 early entrants for the 2020 NBA Draft

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The 2020 NBA Draft is coming… eventually. While it is scheduled for Oct. 16, there is a growing chance it — along with free agency and the start of the next NBA season — could be pushed back again. NBA owners discussed just that in a call on Friday, but there is no decision yet.

The process for the draft continues, however.

There are 60 draft slots but 108 early entrants who have declared —  a list not including NCAA seniors — according to the NBA’s latest update. That includes 72 college players and 38 international players.

Here is the full list of players with their names still in the draft:

College Players

Precious Achiuwa (Memphis, 6-9 Freshman)
Milan Acquaah (California Baptist, 6-3 Junior)
Ty-Shon Alexander (Creighton, 6-4 Junior)
Cole Anthony (North Carolina, 6-3 Freshman)
Brendan Bailey (Marquette, 6-8 Sophomore)
Saddiq Bey (Villanova, 6-8 Sophomore)
Tyler Bey (Colorado, 6-7 Junior)
Jermaine Bishop (Norfolk State, 6-1 Junior)
Dachon Burke Jr. (Nebraska, 6-4 Junior)
Vernon Carey Jr. (Duke, 6-10 Freshman)
Nate Darling (Deleware, 6-5 Junior)
Lamine Diane (CSUN, 6-7 Sophomore)
Devon Dotson (Kansas, 6-2 Sophomore)
Anthony Edwards (Georgia, 6-5 Freshman)
CJ Elleby (Washington State, 6-6 Sophomore)
Malik Fitts (St. Mary’s, 6-8 Junior)
Malachi Flynn (San Diego State, 6-1 Junior)
Tony Goodwin II (Redemption Academy, 6-6 Post-Grad)
Josh Green (Arizona, 6-6 Freshman)
Ashton Hagans (Kentucky, 6-3 Sophomore)
Tyrese Haliburton (Iowa State, 6-5 Sophomore)
Josh Hall (Moravian Prep, 6-8 Post Grad)
Rayshaun Hammonds (Georgia, 6-9 Junior)
Jalen Harris (Nevada, 6-5 Junior)
Niven Hart (Fresno State, 6-5 Freshman)
Nate Hinton (Houston, 6-5 Sophomore)
Elijah Hughes (Syracuse, 6-6 Junior)
Isaiah Joe (Arkansas, 6-5 Sophomore)
Dakari Johnson (Cape Fear CC, 6-0 Freshman)
C.J. Jones (MTSU, 6-5 Junior)
Mason Jones (Arkansas, 6-5 Junior)
Tre Jones (Duke, 6-3 Sophomore)
Saben Lee (Vanderbilt, 6-2 Junior)
Micheal Lenoir (Creating Young Minds Academy, 5-9 Post Grad)
Kira Lewis Jr. (Alabama, 6-3 Sophomore)
Nico Mannion (Arizona, 6-3 Freshman)
Naji Marshall (Xavier, 6-7 Junior)
Kenyon Martin Jr. (IMG Academy, 6-7 Post Grad)
Tyrese Maxey (Kentucky, 6-3 Freshman)
Jaden McDaniels (Washington, 6-9 Freshman)
Isiaha Mike (SMU, 6-8 Junior)
EJ Montgomery (Kentucky, 6-10 Sophomore)
Aaron Nesmith (Vanderbilt, 6-6 Sophmore)
Zeke Nnaji (Arizona, 6-11 Freshman)
Jordan Nwora (Louisville, 6-7 Junior)
Onyeka Okongwu (USC, 6-9 Freshman)
Isaac Okoro (Auburn, 6-6 Freshman)
Daniel Oturu (Minnesota, 6-10 Sophomore)
Reggie Perry (Mississippi State, 6-10 Sophomore)
Filip Petrusev (Georgia, 6-11 Sophomore)
Nate Pierre-Louis (Temple, 6-4 Junior)
Immanuel Quickley (Kentucky, 6-3 Sophomore)
Jahmi'us Ramsey (Texas Tech, 6-4 Freshman)
Paul Reed Jr. (DePaul, 6-9 Junior)
Nick Richards (Kentucky, 6-11 Junior)
Jayden Scrubb (John A. Logan College, 6-6 Sophomore)
Jalen Smith (Maryland, 6-10 Sophomore)
Cassius Stanley (Duke, 6-6 Freshman)
Isaiah Stewart (Washington, 6-9 Freshman)
Tyrell Terry (Stanford, 6-1 Freshman)
Xavier Tillman Sr. (Michigan State, 6-8 Junior)
Obi Toppin (Dayton, 6-9 Sophomore)
Jordan Tucker (Butler, 6-7 Junior)
Devin Vassell (Florida State, 6-6 Sophomore)
Nick Weatherspoon (Mississippi State, 6-2 Junior)
Kaleb Wesson (Ohio State, 6-9 Junior)
Kahlil Whitney (Kentucky, 6-6 Freshman)
Emmitt Williams (LSU, 6-6 Sophomore)
Patrick Williams (Florida State, 6-8 Freshman)
James Wiseman (Memphis, 7-1 Freshman)
Robert Woodard II (Mississippi State, 6-7 Sophomore)
Omer Yurtseven (Georgetown, 7-0 Junior)

International Players

(Note: Nation listed is where they played last season, not necessarily nation of birth)

Deni Avdija (Israel, 6-8, 2001)
Brancou Badio (Spain, 6-3, 1999)
Darko Bajo (Croatia, 6-10,1999)
Marek Blazevic (Lithuania, 6-10, 2001)
Adrian Bogucki (Poland, 7-1, 1999)
Leandro Bolmaro (Spain, 6-6, 2000)
Henri Drell (Italy, 6-9, 2000)
Imru Duke (Spain, 6-8, 1999)
Michele Ebeling (Italy, 6-9, 1999)
Paul Eboua (Italy, 6-8, 2000)
Osas Ehigiator (Spain, 6-10, 1999)
Joel Ekamba (France, 6-5, 2001)
Miguel Gonzalez (Spain, 6-7, 1999)
Killian Hayes (Germany, 6-5, 2001)
Sehmus Hazer (Turkey, 6-3, 1999)
Rokas Jokubaitis (Lithuania, 6-4, 2000)
Georgios Kalaitzakis (Lithuania, 6-8, 1999)
Vit Krejci (Spain, 6-8, 2000)
Arturs Kurucs (6-3, Latvia, 2000)
Yam Madar (Israel, 6-2, 2000)
Theo Maledon (France, 6-4, 2001)
Karim Mane (Canada, 6-5, 2000)
Sergi Martinez (Spain, 6-8, 1999)
Nikola Miskovic (Serbia, 6-10, 1999)
Aristide Mouaha (Italy, 6-3, 2000)
Caio Pacheco (Argentina, 6-3, 1999)
Joel Parra (Spain, 6-8, 2000)
Aleksej Pokusevski (Greece, 7-0, 2001)
Sander Raieste (Estonia, 6-9, 1999)
Nikolaos Rogkavopoulos (Greece, 6-8, 2001)
Njegos Sikiras (Spain, 6-9, 1999)
Marko Simonovic (Serbia, 6-11, 1999)
Mouhamed Thiam (France, 6-9, 2001)
Aboubacar Traore (Canada, 6-4, 2001)
Uros Trifunovic (Serbia, 6-7, 2000)
Arnas Velicka (Lithuania, 6-4, 1999)

NBA playoffs schedule 2020: Date, time, matchup for every game

NBA playoff schedule 2020
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And there were four.

The NBA is down to the conference finals — and the bubble has provided us with upsets galore. There are some unexpected teams in the NBA’s Final Four, but of course LeBron James is still there. The Lakers are the heavy favorites at this point.

Here are a few notes on the NBA playoffs schedule 2020:

• The NBA is continuing to push the pace with games every other day — except in the East, when ESPN wants a break not to clash with the NFL, and to let the West catch up. The fast pace of games will return with the NBA Finals.
Families for the players, and with the final four now the coaches, are in the bubble.
• The NBA Finals will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 30, if Miami closes the Easter Conference Finals out in six games. If the series goes seven games the Finals will start on Friday, Oct. 2.

Here is the NBA playoffs schedule 2020 (all times are Eastern):

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

No. 3 Boston Celtics vs. No. 5 Miami Heat

Game 1: Heat 117, Celtics 114, OT
Game 2: Heat 106, Celtics 101
Game 3: Celtics 117, Heat 106
Game 4: Heat 112, Celtics 109
Game 5: Celtics 121, Heat 108 (Miami leads series 3-2)
Game 6: Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 7: Sept. 30, 8:30 p.n. (ESPN)*
*If necessary

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

No. 1 Los Angeles Lakers vs. No. 3 Denver Nuggets

Game 1: Lakers 126, Nuggets 114
Game 2: Lakers 105, Nuggets 103
Game 3: Nuggets 114, Lakers 106
Game 4: Lakers 114, Nuggets 108
Game 5: Lakers 117, Nuggets 107 (Lakers win series 4-1)

NBA playoffs schedule 2020: Second Round results

Eastern Conference

No. 3 Boston beat No. 2 Toronto 4-3

No. 5 Miami beat No. 1 Milwaukee 4-1

Western Conference

No. 1 Los Angeles Lakers beat Houston 4-1

No. 3 Denver beat No. 2 Los Angeles Clippers 4-3

NBA playoffs schedule 2020: First Round results

Western Conference

No. 1 Los Angeles Lakers beat No. 8 Portland 4-1

No. 2 L.A. Clippers beat No. 7 Dallas 4-2

No. 3 Denver beat No. 6 Utah 4-3

No. 4 Houston beat No. 5 Oklahoma City 4-3

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Milwaukee beat No. 8 Orlando 4-1

No. 2 Toronto beat No. 7 Brooklyn 4-0

No. 3 Boston beat No. 6 Philadelphia 4-0

No. 5 Miami beat No. 4 Indiana 4-0

LeBron James takes over, leads Lakers back to NBA Finals with win

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The Denver Nuggets had come back from 3-1 down twice in these playoffs.

The Denver Nuggets had never run into LeBron James.

LeBron dominated this close-out game. He scored 16 points in the fourth quarter. He put up a triple-double of 38 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists. Defensively he shut down Jamal Murray (who was slowed due to a bone bruise on his foot) and made smart plays.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever witnessed a guy take over a game the way he did in the fourth quarter tonight, in person,” Lakers’ coach Frank Vogel said of LeBron.

LeBron did what the Jazz and Clippers had failed to do — he and the Los Angeles Lakers closed out the Nuggets in five games with a 117-107 win.

“He’s had a chip on his shoulder all year long,” Vogel said about LeBron. “Everybody has doubters. To be in the Eastern Conference and get there as much as he had and to come over to the Western Conference, it’s an enormous accomplishment to [reach the Finals] with a third team.”

The Lakers advance to the NBA Finals, which will begin Wednesday (if Miami closes the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday) or Friday (if there is a Game 7 in the East).

LeBron James made history with the win, becoming the third player in NBA history to make it to 10 NBA Finals, joining Sam Jones (11) and Bill Russell (12) of the 1950s-60s Boston Celtics.

The Lakers pulled ahead in the first half of Game 5 because of Nikola Jokic‘s foul trouble — he played just eight minutes in the first half after picking up three quick ones. The Nuggets were +3 in those eight minutes and -13 in the other minutes of the first half, which had Dever down 10 at the break.

The Nuggets fought back in the third quarter, in part thanks to a monster game from Jeremi Grant who had 20 points on the night (tied with Jokic for a team high). Despite a hobbling Murray, the Nuggets did what they had done all playoffs long and refused to fold.

“What more could you ask from a group?” Denver coach Michael Malone said after the loss. “What more commitment, sacrifice, just everything in the last 82 days that our team has gone through. The history that we’ve made. The adversity that we faced and never ran from, embraced it… I couldn’t be more proud.”

Anthony Davis had 27 points for L.A. The Lakers also had role players stepping up. Alex Caruso had 11 points and was 5-of-7 from the floor. Danny Green also scored 11.

However, in the end, it was LeBron James looking like the best player on the planet.

Now he is headed to the Finals with the chance to make history and win a title with three different teams.

 

Lakers’ Anthony Davis ‘good to go’ for Game 5 despite sprained ankle

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This was expected, but when the Lakers officially listed Anthony Davis as questionable for Game 5 with a sprained ankle, it raised a few eyebrows.

Davis will play in Game 5 Saturday night, coach Frank Vogel said pregame.

Anthony Davis sprained his ankle in the fourth quarter of Game 4, and while he stayed in the game there were questions about how it would respond the next day.

The Lakers are up 3-1 on a Denver team they know will not be easy to close out.

To do that, Los Angeles needs Davis: When AD has been on the court in the Western Conference Finals, the Lakers have outscored the Nuggets by 9.4 points per 100 possessions, but when he sits, the Lakers are -21.3 (stats via NBA.com).

The Lakers want to close out in five games to get some added rest. The NBA Finals are expected to start next Wednesday, Sept. 30 (unless one conference finals series goes seven games, then it is likely Friday, Oct. 2). If the Lakers lose Saturday but win Game 6 Monday it would be a short turnaround (as it would be after a Game 7).

Denver, however, has played its best basketball whenever it has faced the prospect of packing its bags and going home.

New York congressman insults Knicks, James Dolan funds opponent

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Things are changing with the Knicks. Leon Rose is in the front office, Tom Thibodeau is the coach, and together they are talking about developing players and having a plan moving forward. It’s a reason for hope…

Then there’s James Dolan.

Max Rose, a Democratic congressman from Staten Island, echoed the voice for a lot of Knicks fans when he said: “I’m a Knicks fan to the day I die, but Dolan’s gotta sell. Right now, this is an absolute disgrace.”

We have seen how Dolan reacts to fans saying he should sell the team. In the case of Rose, he is fundraising for the Republican running against him. It would be easy to say “Dolan is a big President Donald Trump supporter and donates to GOP causes all the time” and this isn’t personal, except Dolan sent out an email to help raise funds for Republican candidate Nicole Malliotakis and the New York Post got a hold of it.

“Max Rose thinks he can make our team and my ownership his political platform,” Dolan wrote in a personal email to friends last week that was obtained by The Post. “I need to let him know that we will not stand for this. The best way to do this is to help his opponent. He is in a tight race for the US Congress in Staten Island. … Please join me in helping Nicole defeat Max Rose for Congress.

“It will help send a strong message to all NY politicians that the Knicks will not be their political ticket to reelection.

That’s personal. Dolan isn’t just asking other people to donate.

A $50,000 check from MSG Sports was cut Tuesday to “The Governing Majority Fund,” a PAC run by former Reps. John Faso and Jeff Denham, Dolan confirmed. The PAC’s mission is to help Republicans take back the House.

Rose represents New York’s 11th District, a solid Republican district until the 2018 midterms when it became one of 30 districts nationally that flipped blue. The GOP is trying to turn a number of those back, including Rose’s district.

Whatever you think of Rose’s politics (he’s a former Army Ranger, which helped him in a more conservative district), what he said about wanting Dolan to sell the franchise is what many Knicks fans are thinking. Dolan just doesn’t like to hear it. Maybe Rose and Thibodeau can turn the Knicks around — they certainly deserve a chance — but the team has struggled since Dolan became the owner and that’s not a coincidence.

Whatever Rose and Knicks fans want, it’s also highly unlikely Dolan sells the team, there are no rumblings about that around the league (and he certainly has had chances).