AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – NOVEMBER 30: LaMelo Ball of the Hawks and RJ Hampton of the Breakers during the round 9 NBL match between the New Zealand Breakers and the Illawarra Hawks at Spark Arena on November 30, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images) With an official timetable for the 2020
The NBA has a plan and a schedule for the draft and out latest NBA Mock Draft looks at player fits and high risers like Obi Toppin. The NBA Draft was supposed to be conducted last night, June. 25, but the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has pushed back the 2019-20 season and all the dominos that
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 06: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) RJ Barrett #9 of the New York Knicks in action against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Madison Square Garden on March 06, 2020 in New York City. The Thunder defeated the Knicks 126-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading
Welcome back to Basketball Insiders’ “Looking Back” series! We’ve already gone over how the first and second overall pick have fared since 2009, so naturally, the next pick up is the third overall pick. Like with the first two, we categorize these players by if they are hits, misses, in the middle, or role players.
The 2020 NBA Draft is full of uncertainty but Florida State’s Devin Vassell doesn’t have much mystery to him. Devin Vassell has been one of the draft’s biggest risers throughout this season. Starting on most boards in the late first or early second round at the beginning of the year, Vassell projected early on as
2021 NBA Draft prospect Jalen Green will be heading into the G League next season as the NBA unveils its new pro pathway to the league. What was supposed to be a pivotal day in college recruiting has been hijacked by the NBA, as top 2021 draft prospect Jalen Green has decided to forgo the
Cole Anthony’s NBA draft stock plummeted with a difficult season at UNC. However, a different role in the NBA could let him thrive. When scouting prospects, one of the more difficult tasks to decipher is scalability. Most prospects receive more touches in college than in the NBA, and as a result, see a dip in
Keyontae Johnson hasn’t gotten much attention but he has the tools to be one of the most impactful wings in the NBA Draft 2020 class. The absence of buzz surrounding Keyontae Johnson is strange. The NBA and the mainstream scouting consensus adores athletic tools, so much so that a prospect like James Wiseman is slated
With an injury-shortened season in Australia’s NBL, R.J. Hampton has been mostly out-of-sight, out-of-mind as an NBA Draft prospect. He’s worth another look. R.J. Hampton is enshrouded in shadows — the shadow of LaMelo Ball and his status not only as a prospect but as a basketball celebrity, the shadow of other high profile international
Tre Jones has decided to go pro after his sophomore season, leaving some big shoes to fill at the point guard spot for Duke. In news that shouldn’t come as much of a shock to anyone who has followed college basketball this season, Duke will be losing a key player to the NBA Draft. Point
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – NOVEMBER 30: LaMelo Ball of the Hawks in action during the round 9 NBL match between the New Zealand Breakers and the Illawarra Hawks at Spark Arena on November 30, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images) The top of the 2020 NBA Draft class is murky but
Patrick Williams is only just now getting traction as a first-round NBA Draft prospect, but he’s been playing like one for a while. It has been well established by now that the 2020 NBA Draft appears to be nearly completely devoid of major difference makers. Unlike 2018, which had a bevy of obvious future NBA
Thanks in part to versatile pick-and-roll defense, rim protecting upside and high-level finishing ability, USC center Onyeka Okongwu looks the part of a top-three prospect Let’s start with a simple premise and progress from there. To be a very good NBA player, you likely need to be a very good college player. Checks out, right?
The top of the draft is as murky as ever, and there are seven players who could make lay claim to being the best player in the 2020 NBA Draft. Tier 1 The 2020 NBA Draft class is not your typical class. That has been reiterated at the top of every board you’ll read this
Isaac Okoro is easily the best defensive wing in the 2020 NBA Draft class. But how good does his offense have to get for him to be impactful? One-way NBA players are difficult to build around. It’s obviously easier to count on players who can give you reliable production on offense and defense, and for
Anthony Edwards has asserted himself as a true No. 1 pick prospect on the back of his elite scoring profile. How does he find so much success, and can it translate to elite NBA scoring? Georgia’s Anthony Edwards has been the star of the college basketball season so far. While other names like Myles Powell
LaMelo Ball and RJ Hampton, two highly touted NBA prospects, each suffered injuries over the last week that will sideline them for at least a month. One of the main storylines that has developed over the course of the first 20 games of the 2019-20 NBA season is the uptick of injuries. According to Jeff
Arizona freshman guard Nico Mannion isn’t the flashiest of players, but his well-rounded offensive arsenal should be a clear plus in the NBA. Head coach Sean Miller arrived at Arizona in the fall of 2009. Over the past 10 years, he’s welcomed seven top-10 recruits to Tucson. Prior to this season, all five were forwards
Why do NBA Draft prospects fail? Our four-part series looks at the 2011-2015 NBA Drafts and why the prospects who busted didn’t make it. Part one looked at functional strength. Part two looked at skill development. Part three looked at intelligence and decision-making. Part four wraps up by looking at some unique cases that we can
Why do NBA Draft prospects fail? Our four-part series looks at the 2011-2015 NBA Drafts and why they didn’t make it. Part one looked at functional strength. Part two looked at skill development. Part three focuses on the mental game: awareness and decision-making. In parts one and two of this series, we addressed tangible reasons for
Why do modern NBA Draft prospects not stick around in the league? Our four-part series on the 2011-15 NBA Drafts attempts to answer this question. Part one looked at functional strength. Today, we tackle skill development. Skill level can be tough to evaluate with NBA Draft prospects. A player may show the ability to perform
Why do modern NBA Draft prospects not stick around in the league? Our four-part series, looking back at the 2011-2015 NBA Drafts attempts to answer this question. Part one focuses on strength, and what exactly that means. Over the past few years, it’s become vogue in the draft scouting sphere to not just attempt to
Breaking down the players who turned heads and improved their future NBA Draft stock at the FIBA U19 World Championships last week. The 2019 NBA Draft just ended, but the 2020 and 2021 NBA Draft scouting calendar is already underway, with the 2019 FIBA U19 World Championships taking place last week in Greece. The tournament
Team Context is incredibly important for the success or failure of draft prospects, so here is our re-ranked 2019 NBA Draft big board, accounting for who will have the best opportunities to maximize their potential. Big boards are easy ways for draft scouts and writers to convey their thoughts on a draft class. It’s a
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – MAY 21: President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas of the Minnesota Timberwolves introduces Ryan Saunders as the new head coach during a press conference on May 21, 2019 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting
Our 2020 NBA Mock Draft surveys the 2020 class to see how much stronger it might be than the 2019 class that just produced a chaotic draft. Our draft order is based upon NBA futures odds from the FanDuel sports book, courtesy of Lineups. Tiebreakers for teams with even odds were determined by our gut.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 20: Coby White poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being drafted with the eighth overall pick by the Chicago Bulls during the 2019 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 20, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and
No one but Karl-Anthony Towns was safe on draft night. The Timberwolves spent much of Thursday discussing trade options for the No. 11 overall pick with the Pelicans. Robert Covington was rumored to be a part of the package for the No. 4 pick. When that fell through, the Timberwolves found a new swing partner.
If it wasn’t clear before, it is now – the NBA is a year-round sport. Even though the season lasts up to nine months, we never seem to get a break from professional basketball. Honestly though, that’s probably because we don’t want one. The offseason gives us so much drama that it’s almost impossible to
BROOKLYN, NY – JUNE 20: Coby White drafted by the Chicago Bulls is interviewed by Dennis Scott during the 2019 NBA Draft on June 20, 2019 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms