Rookie Rankings, Week 22: Not the Worst Draft Ever. Not Yet, Anyway

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Anthony BennettThere’s been some talk lately that the 2013 draft could be the worst in NBA history.

We could wait more than a year before jumping into the adjoining worlds of shortsightedness and hyperbole, couldn’t we?

Yes, this was a bad draft. We’ve said it ourselves several times. For the first time since 2001, the top pick is going to average less than five points per game. For the first time since 1988, the Rookie of the Year is probably going to be a double-digit selection.

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SH Blog: Jackson likely to accept position with Knicks; Embiid could be done for season; Bynum makes Pacers debut

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Phil_Jackson_3The narrative is only slightly different today, but that much more impactful.

According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the New York Knicks are expected to finalize a deal with Phil Jackson to bring the legendary head coach into the organization in a major front office role:

“Everything is pretty much done,” the source said. “There are just some little things here and there that need to be worked out, but the Knicks are very confident that this is essentially done.” 

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SH Blog: Phil Jackson may be interested in Knicks’ front office job, Lillard and Beverley take shots at each other

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Phil JacksonPhil Jackson to the New York Knicks?

That has been the talk for much of the day, and with good reason. Although Jackson doesn’t really have any experience in a front office position, he does, obviously, have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the game of basketball. It certainly would create quite an intrigue around the league to see if he has what it takes to help right the ship for this struggling Knicks organization with so many movable parts.

According to Chris Broussard of ESPN, Jackson is all but ready to give it a go for the franchise he once played for:

All indications are that Phil Jackson will accept the New York Knicks’ offer to join the club’s front office, according to a league source.

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May: Change the NBA Draft? Why?

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nofixThe general manager of the Houston Rockets wants an overhaul of the NBA draft. The Celtics’ assistant general manager has a proposal to do away with the whole shebang. Even new commish Adam Silver is open to changes.

Why?

The NBA draft is fine the way it is. Don’t change it. It’s working just fine. If you’re going to change anything, eliminate the ridiculous incentives that prompts kids – most of them not close to being NBA-ready – to enter the draft after only one year of college.

Rookie Rankings, Week 15: Bennett’s Big Game No Surprise

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Anthony BennettMany people were surprised by Anthony Bennett’s first career double-double on Tuesday.

Bennett’s struggles as the top overall pick in the draft have been well-documented. So when he broke out for 19 points and 10 rebounds in Cleveland’s home win over Sacramento, there was somewhat of a collective gasp across the NBA.

Yes, Bennett established season highs in both points and rebounds in the same game. And yes, it appeared to come out of nowhere. But the truth is that Bennett has been playing much better for about two weeks.

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