The 2014 NBA Draft class featured one of the most disappointing classes in the history of the league; Joel Embiid is arguably the only player selected in the first round who managed to live up to the hype, and the group of guys who went in the second round would have been entirely forgettable if not for the lone bright spot the Nuggets scooped up with the 41st pick. The pick in question was used to secure the talents of Nikola Jokic, who was an absolute steal for a Denver team that’s managed to turn things around thanks to the talents of the four-time All-Star who got an awesome surprise when some of the team’s executives flew to Serbia to surprise him with the Most Valuable Player trophy he recently earned for the second season in a row. You can watch the Rugby World Cup 2023 online on NBC Sports which is the official broadcaster of the RWC 2019 in the US.
After nearly nine months after hibernation due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19, it seems like eyes of the G League bear is ready to start opening. While there hasn’t yet been an official restart announcement from the league itself, the reports have been starting to come in over the last few weeks.
Former Michigan State star and NBA first-round pick Adreian Payne, a key part of the Spartans' 2014 Elite Eight run who made 94 starts in four seasons with the program from 2010-14, died Monday morning after being shot, authorities in Orlando, Florida, said. He was 31 years old. The Orange County Sheriff's department arrested Lawrence Dority on a warrant for First Degree murder in connection to the shooting of Payne. Payne was transported to the hospital after being shot, where he was pronounced dead.
A boatload of extremely talented players have declared for the 2022 NBA Draft, and many are going to get some valuable intel in the next month. Players will get real feedback from teams that details where they should expect to be drafted. That is obviously the most important piece of information that NBA Draft prospects are looking for. But it's not the only thing they will get. Plenty of the early entrees will not stay in the 2022 NBA Draft, and instead will return to school. But they will get an in-depth breakdown of their strengths, weaknesses and what they need to add to their games if they want to improve their stock for the 2023 NBA Draft.
Former Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko, in a conversation with a SE correspondent, reacted to the league’s decision to remove the Russian flag when introducing Vadim Nemkov before the Bellator 277 fight .
MVP: Logan: One of the highest PERs of all time. 400+ three pointers. Winningest season in NBA history. Improved on every aspect of his game, including on the defensive end. It difficult to truly fathom how Curry exponentially expanded his game. We all witnessed one of the, if not the sole, best offensive seasons in NBA history. Critics will say he doesn’t reach a level on the defensive end like Leonard, and that the Warriors system fits his game perfectly, but Curry is the reason the system works. Give him the awards, give him all the awards. Stephen Curry
Beyond the top four picks, the 2012 NBA Draft ended up being an extremely shallow class and the bottom of the lottery was filled with role players at best. Essentially the Anthony Davis sweepstakes, the rest of the teams having to pick and choose amongst the rest of his talented Kentucky class. However, there were more than a few late first round, and second round, picks that have turned out to be extremely talented and fell for various reasons on draft night. The clearest and most glaring of omission from the lottery being Draymond Green. Other players, like Andre Drummond, Khris Middleton, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist have been massive projects that are just recently paying dividends. Let’s take a look at where teams went wrong and re-draft the 2012 lottery:
As Adam Silver and the NBA have continued to clash with the NBPA over the minimum age limit, it seems like a common ground cannot be reached. The current influx of 19 year olds year after year who obviously still need more college experience to develop their skills, bodies, and minds to adapt to the difficulty of the pro game does not help either the NBA or NCAA product. Not only does this dilute the pro game, as 1st round picks with guaranteed contracts take the jobs of veterans who always seem to round out NBA rosters, it hurts the college game because very few great players stay and build legacies for themselves and the schools program.
The second year team out of Grand Rapids, MI released their 2015-16 Intro video.
The Brooklyn Nets are set to announce their new DLeague team, the Long Island Nets, tomorrow. The team will play one season in Barclays Center before moving to the renovated Nassau Coliseum for the 2017/18 season.