NBA Draft 2011
The 2012 NBA Draft has come and gone and, really, there weren't a lot of surprises as far as undrafted prospects were concerned on Thursday night. Of course there were plenty of semi-prominent American players that didn't hear their names called, but that's to be expected when the latter half of the second round is filled with European prospects.
The NBA Development League is still in the local tryouts stage of the offseason. The next step was decided on Tuesday night at the D-League coaches meetings in Denver, Colo. when the 2011 D-League Draft order was determined (by random drawing) for the annual conference call scheduled to take place on Nov. 3.
Could the NBA Draft add a third round? It sounds like it, according to Chris Sheridan.
Greg Smith will play in Mexico this season after going undrafted out of Fresno State in the 2011 NBA Draft.
Nikola Vucevic will begin his career in the Euroleague, becoming the first first-round NBA Draft pick to head overseas.
NBA Lockout: Justin Harper And Keith Benson Sign In Europe, Making It Six Second Round Picks To Sign Overseas
The NBA lockout has already caused its share of casualties, but one group that is probably a bit overlooked is the incoming rookies. The rookies perhaps need more guidance than most considering that they are heading into their first professional seasons, but with lockout rules prohibiting teams from talking to players, a handful of rookies will instead get their first lessons in professional basketball while playing in Europe.
While plenty of NBA players are rumored to be interested in taking their talents to Europe during the NBA lockout, it's become the undrafted free agents actually following through with this plan. The latest, as the title should have led my lovely readers to believe, is Penn State scorer Talor Battle joining Cholet for Euroleague competition next season.
Ohio State's Dallas Lauderdale, a 6-foot-8 forward, has signed with PGE Turow in Poland for their upcoming Euroleague Qualifying Rounds, according the league's website.
Matt Howard seemed like he had just enough grit and determination to sneak onto an NBA roster next season despite his not being selected in the 2011 NBA Draft. That won't be the case, however, as the Butler big man has decided to begin career playing in the Euroleague next season.
E'Twaun Moore was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 55th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, but the former Purdue guard has apparently decided to start his career in Europe after signing in Italy.
One of the topics that are currently available to talk about, however, is how the new Collective Bargaining Agreement could help the NBA's Development League. SB Nation Philly's Kevin Owens raised a point I'd suggested before that didn't make it into either of the preceding links: Should the NBA expand its draft?
Malcolm Thomas was one of the best players to go undrafted in the 2011 NBA Draft, but that hasn't stopped the San Diego State forward from earning good money to play basketball for the upcoming season.
Jacob Pullen was not selected in the 2011 NBA Draft. That wasn't exactly surprising to anyone but Kansas State basketball coach Frank Martin, however, who was shocked that his undersized scoring guard went undrafted.
There really isn't much to talk about these days with the NBA lockout underway. There isn't an NBA Summer League in Orlando or Vegas, the free agent workouts have been put in hold and Kurt Rambis still hasn't been fired so that I am allowed to suggest Eric Musselman, Bryan Gates, Scott Roth or Dave Joerger as his replacement.
ESPN's Fran Fraschilla took to Twitter on Monday night, writing that the Los Angeles Lakers selection of Chukwudiebere Maduabum's selection with the 56th pick was "disrespectful."
The 2011 NBA Draft is unarguably the best day of the year so it makes sense that Ridiculous Upside didn't sleep the entire day to soak it all up. This is good for the readers, too, because that means we've got you covered on everything you missed while sleeping.
The 2011 NBA Draft has come and gone and, despite this year's draft being considered low on talent, there were a number of talented players that didn't hear their name within the 60 picks mentioned on Thursday night. Unfortunately they don't have Summer League to look forward to, leaving them in a bit of pinch heading into next season with the lockout looming.
Chukwudiebere Maduabum, better known as Chu Chu to the few people familiar with him before Adam Silver read his name on the ESPN broadcast of the 2011 NBA Draft, was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 56th overall pick. Maduabum will be sent to the Denver Nuggets in a trade, which makes sense as general manager Masai Ujiri originally discovered him.
2011 NBA Draft Start Time Is Soon So Talk About It Here!
The 2011 NBA Draft is just a couple of hours away, but there are still plenty of prospects not familiar to the casual viewer. Fortunately, Ridiculous Upside is here to fix that by giving a bit of a brief rundown of the D-League's draft-eligible Jamine Peterson.
The 2011 NBA Draft is less than 12 hours away and the rumors today are getting more interesting by the minute, but instead of looking at that, it seems pertinent that this gets off my chest while there is still time: I'm not sure Jeremy Tyler is more ready for the NBA than Michael Dunigan.
Kevin Anderson averaged 16.6 points and made 41 percent of his three-point shots as a six-foot senior scoring point guard for the Richmond Spiders this past season on their way to a Sweet 16 berth in the NCAA Tournament.
The 2011 NBA Draft is here and that means everyone should be really, really excited. The rumors for the next 12 hours are probably going to include plenty of smokescreens, trade proposals only one of the teams know about and tidbits that seem completely implausible until the second they happen (Long live Pape Sy!).
It's come to that point in time leading up to the 2011 NBA Draft that the morning posting of NBA rumors simply isn't enough. Stories are breaking, sources are talking and trades are a-brewin' all over the internet.
It seems like just last week that 2011 NBA Draft prospect Jeremy Tyler asked "which college is that?" regarding a question about Portland Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillian. Unfortunately, a similar situation happened with Alec Burks on Monday while working out for the Utah Jazz.
The 2011 NBA Draft is officially one day away, meaning all of the mainstream media members are producing their Greatest Hits. Rumors of which players are rising and falling, which teams are trading up and down and which players may or may not have promises are all heating up like Karl Welzein's thighs.
The 2011 NBA Draft is just 48 hours away, which is crazy. It also means that even since Ridiculous Upside posted rumors early Tuesday morning, there are enough for another batch just 12 hours later following a new batch of mock drafts and rumor posts from the big dogs.
The 2011 NBA Draft is just two sleeps away -- as the cool girls on my Facebook say -- which means the rumors, smokescreens and speculation regarding random trades are coming to a head.
We are just a few days away from the 2011 NBA Draft so everyone better be excited for all of the last minute trade rumors, smokescreens and everything else that comes along with this time of the year. People will also be excited about Jimmer Fredette, too, but I'll do my best to mention only the most important Jimmer news in this beautiful section of the internet.
The 2011 NBA Draft is now officially less than a week away which means the rumors are getting hotter and heavier than things that are really hot and heavy. The Ridiculous Upside headquarters are buzzing with anticipation -- and that's not even a rumor!