PHILADELPHIA – Let’s begin with a question. In the three-plus decades since David Stern took the reins as NBA commissioner from Larry O’Brien and handed them to Adam Silver, what do these franchises – the Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards, New Orleans Pelicans, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers – have in common? Answer: None has gone to the NBA Finals. Furthermore, among that group only Denver, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Sacramento and
When it comes to trades, the 2014 NBA draft hasn’t been quite as nuts as last year. Nevertheless, there have been a handful of deals. Here’s a breakdown: Philadelphia 76ers trade Elfrid Payton to Orlando Magic for Dario Saric, 2015 second-round pick and 2017 first-round pick. Philadelphia didn’t need another point guard with Michael Carter-Williams entrenched at the position, and the Sixers are all about assets. Injured Joel Embiid went third and now Dario Saric will be in Turkey for the next two seasons.
With the 2014 NBA draft merely a few hours away, teams are gearing up for all of their possible choices as the clock is winding down. In what should be one of the stronger drafts in recent years, despite being significantly weaker than the famous 1984, 1996 and 2003 drafts, there is a very strong crop of international prospects going into the draft. This year there are three prospects who could be picked in the lottery (Dante Exum, Dario Saric, Jusuf
We can be fairly certain that Dario Saric and Jusuf Nurkic did not watch the Cleveland Cavaliers win the draft lottery. Yes, they have a vested interest in knowing who is picking where. But business comes first, and both players were sound asleep, resting up for the final round of the Croatian League before their domestic Final Four. The 6-10 Saric, a 20-year-old forward for Cibona Zagreb, has been having fantastic season, averaging 16.2 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists in the Adriatic League,
As the All-Star break and Feb. 20 trade deadline draw near, it’s becoming increasingly clear to the neutral observer which teams are going to compete for the remainder of the regular season, and which teams are content on limping to the finish line. Their hopes will then rest on securing a high lottery pick in this, the much hyped 2014 NBA draft. It’s been a while between mock drafts here at SheridanHoops since Joe Kotoch’s ‘Very Early Mock Lottery‘ was published, and
Group C Likely To Advance 1. Spain Known as the most powerful basketball country outside of the United States, the winners of the past two Eurobaskets will once again be the favorites to win gold in Slovenia this summer. What is really crazy is that Spain is the favorite to win the tournament, but their list of players absent this year, which includes Pau Gasol, Serge Ibaka, future Chicago Bull and Spanish league MVP Nikola Mirotic, Juan Carlos Navarro, Victor Sada and Felipe
Dario Saric of Croatia withdrew from the NBA draft today, along with 15 other international prospects. Saric was the biggest name of the bunch, the second-best small forward prospect behind Otto Porter of Georgetown, according to our draft guru, Joe Kotoch, who had Saric going No. 15 to the Milwaukee Bucks in Mock Draft 5.0.
Not long ago, Jason Kidd still had two seasons left on his contract with the Knicks. Now it looks like he’ll still be in New York, but not with the Knicks, and not as a player. News came seemingly non-stop over the last 48 hours with Kidd going from a long-shot pipe dream to a potential candidate to an actual candidate to a clear-frontrunner. That’s the way things go in the NBA sometimes. If you take a day off, you could miss