Scotto: NCAA Tournament NBA Draft Stock Watch

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As it does virtually every year, the NCAA Tournament has produced numerous upsets, brackets ripped to shreds across the country and glimpses of new NBA talent on the horizon. The upcoming talent pool consists of a guard with the range of Jimmer Fredette and the flair of Stephen Curry, a second generation Sabonis big man and three seniors ready to make an immediate impact. With the Final Four upon us, several league executives and scouts spoke to SheridanHoops about those five prospects

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Scotto: Big East Tournament NBA Draft Stock Watch

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NEW YORK – The Big East tournament featured two lottery picks, a local high school phenom, a breakout draft candidate and the latest Georgetown center with NBA potential. Kris Dunn and Henry Ellenson headlined the event as the top draft prospects, but it was former Lincoln High School star Isaiah Whitehead who stole the show. Whitehead made a runner off the backboard while being fouled against Villanova and then made the free throw to give Seton Hall the Big East tournament

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PODCAST: Gonzo talks NBA Mock Draft on Miami radio

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The Miami Heat could very well be in the draft lottery this season, which really wasn’t what they were thinking going into the season, eh? But Chris Bosh’s reported blot clot problem, along with a general problem with underperforming, has left the Heat in the fight for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East as we head into the final six weeks of the season. What exactly has gone wrong in Miami? How can it be fixed? And if Pat

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Towns, Porzingis, Okafor lead most impactful rookie class in 5 years

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If you’ve noticed that this year’s rookie class is being talked about and praised around the league and in the media, there’s good reason for that.  This year’s top five picks— Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns, the Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell, Philadelphia’s Jahlil Okafor, New York’s Kristaps Porzingis and Orlando’s Mario Hezonja— are making a larger early impact than any top-five group in at least a half decade. A detailed statistical analysis of top five picks over the last five years shows that over the first two

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Scotto: All Eyes on Kentucky’s Skal Labissiere and Jamal Murray at CBS Sports Classic

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BROOKLYN – Several teams in the NBA cellar had representatives on hand to watch Kentucky’s Skal Labissiere and Jamal Murray at the CBS Sports Classic. Suffice to say it was Murray whose stock rose the most despite Kentucky’s loss to Ohio State. 76ers GM Sam Hinkie, Pelicans GM Dell Demps and other NBA personnel were on hand at Barclays Center for the event. Murray lit the scoreboard up like Times Square on New Year’s with 33 points. Murray was efficient from the

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NBA Rebuilding Rankings: Which Teams Have The Best Plan?

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On Tuesday night, Kobe Bryant played his final game before his hometown crowd in Philadelphia. A rare sellout crowd at the Wells Fargo Center got everything it could’ve hoped for: a flurry of early threes from Bryant that touched off off a hard-fought game and ended in a standing ovation and a rare 76ers victory. The Philadelphia faithful – who had booed Bryant in many past visits – continued to chant “Ko-Be!” after the final buzzer sounded, praising him for a

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Sprung: Seven Top Moments From The 2015 NBA Draft

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BROOKLYN — It’s incredible how a building’s mood can change so drastically every five minutes. From the roaring approval for Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell to the acidic, vitriol for the Knicks’ pick of Kristaps Porzingis, nothing satisfies a sports fan’s need for instant gratification like reacting to an NBA draft pick. But there were great moments behind the scenes that you could not see. A proud multi-generational basketball family sharing a special moment in a back room. A fashion statement that added to

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PODCAST: Scotto on the 2015 NBA Draft

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The NBA draft is Thursday and the rumor mill is churning faster than ever. Expect that trend to continue in the coming days. I’ve outlined the top rising draft stocks and the fallout for the New York Knicks after landing the fourth overall pick. I’ve also written profile stories on Kristaps Porzingis and Myles Turner. With that in mind, I joined Atlanta’s “The Game” on 92.9 FM with host John Fricke to discuss the top of the draft, sleepers, top foreign players, which player the

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