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

Nerls NBA Draft Combine

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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May: Two Words of Caution Regarding NCAA Tournament: Tyrus Thomas

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I always get a kick at this time of year when a team when a deadbolt lock lottery pick is bounced early in the NCAA Tournament. We already saw Duke (Jabari Parker) upset in the first round. And yes, it was the first round, despite what the NCAA wants you to believe. Kansas (Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid) went down in the second round. Duke and Kansas had been both expected to play into this weekend. Neither did. So, the breathless question after

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Five Things To Watch: Charlotte Bobcats

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

This offseason was an eventful one for the Bobcats and their fans. It started the same as the previous one: looking for a new coach. This time, the search did not last quite as long as they snapped up long-time Jeff Van Gundy assistant Steve Clifford. Then they stunned analysts and fans alike at the draft by selecting Cody Zeller over Nerlens Noel, Ben McLemore and Alex Len at fourth overall. With newfound financial flexibility because of DeSagana Diop’s expiring contract, the

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SH Blog: Warriors trying to clear salary cap to sign Howard, Evans to Pelicans in three-team deal

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It had been widely believed throughout the league that the only realistic teams in the Howard sweepstakes were the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks, with the Los Angeles Lakers being a hopeful third option. Howard also met with the Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors, but no one really believed that they would be realistic candidates, despite various reports that the Warriors had made an enticing case for the coveted center.

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Bernucca: Money for nothing, checks for free

Lamar Odom

Now that we are about a month into the NBA season, are you disappointed in the performance of a player or two on your favorite team? Take a number and get in line. There are dozens of players who are not coming close to meeting expectations this season. And when you factor in their salaries and how much they limit their team’s financial flexibility, it can be downright infuriating.

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SH Blog: Kyrie Irving out four weeks with finger injury, Marcin Gortat blasts everyone on the Suns

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Some days are simply filled with bad news, and Monday turned out to be that day. A number of players around the league got news about the status of their respective injuries, and it was all bad, starting with the unexpected extent of Kyrie Irving’s finger injury sustained during Saturday’s game against the Mavericks. See which players will miss an extended period of time, along with some very interesting quotes from Dwight Howard and Marcin Gortat below:Kyrie Irving will miss four weeks

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SH Blog: Kobe says current Lakers are the best talent he’s been around, James Harden confident about contract situation

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Much like Monday, media day was full of players and teams that felt great about their chances of achieving great things for the upcoming season. Even the players that we’ve come to expect less from have shown up to training camp with notably improved figures in hopes to revive their careers. See who had the most impressive summer and what interesting things were said on Tuesday by a number of players such as Paul George, Rajon Rondo, Luis Scola and

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