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

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There’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

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Five Things To Watch: Memphis Grizzlies

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The more things change, the more they stay the same. Everyone is familiar with that old cliché. It’s one the Grizzlies understand well after the 2012-13 season. Over the past year, there has been a complete changing of the guard in the Bluff City. An ownership swap was the first domino to fall when Michael Heisley officially completed the sale of the team to tech mogul Robert Pera right before the regular season began. From there, the rest of the hierarchy was

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NBA Draft Profile: Jamaal Franklin

JAMAAL FRANKLIN 6-5, 205 lbs. School: San Diego St. Class: Junior Selected with 41st pick by Memphis Grizzlies STRENGTHS: Besides being one of the only players in history to rock the long sleeve shirt under his uniform, Franklin is known for his versatility and productivity in every facet of the game. (The long sleeves are awesome though). Though San Diego State played with a four-guard lineup, Franklin led the Aztecs with 9.5 rebounds per game last season. He also led the team in scoring (17

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Mock Draft 7.0: Noel rises to No. 2; Porter at No. 4; Oladipo drops to No. 7

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As the NBA Draft approaches, the Cavs are still actively trying to trade the 1st overall pick, Washington seems determined to take Anthony Bennett of UNLV at No. 3  – which has led Charlotte to shop Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to make room for Otto Porter. Also, Kevin Love is once again being discussed as a trade candidate — to Cleveland, just as we reported in Mock 3.0.1 on May 29.

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Bauman: Three Projected First-Round Picks Who Need The Right Situation

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When it comes to the NBA draft, sometimes it’s the team, not the player. Take Thomas Robinson, for example. He was a consensus All-American as a junior and led Kansas to the national title game. By virtually all accounts, he was projected as a solid NBA player. But Robinson, a power forward, was drafted by the Sacramento Kings, who already had DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson and Chuck Hayes manning their big positions. So Robinson languished on the bench for half a season before

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Kotoch: Mock Draft 2.0.1: SDSU’s Jamaal Franklin on the Rise

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Between the NBA Combine and the upcoming lottery, this is the time of year where there is a lot of movement in projections for the NBA draft. And no one is moving more than Jamaal Franklin. Franklin entered the NBA draft after an impressive junior season at San Diego State in which he averaged 17.0 points and 9.5 rebounds. He is a long, explosive athlete who is at his best slashing and attacking the rim and locking up opponents on the perimeter. Franklin

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Sheridan: Is Oladipo next Tony Allen, or next Hasheem Thabeet?

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Generally, NBA teams do not use high picks to draft defensive-minded players unless those players are 7 feet tall. Everybody seems willing to take a major risk to get the next Dikembe Mutombo, but few want to gamble that they might find the next Tony Allen. Which brings us to Victor Oladipo of Indiana, whose draft stick is rising according to our own Joe Kotoch because of his defensive versatility and Indiana’s success.  And at the next level, he may be a

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