Meet Your New Dallas Mavericks

30 06 2013


No. 17 Pick (from Atlanta): Shane Larkin

(a.k.a. “The Next J.J. Barea”)

Draft Express Analysis:

“Shane Larkin’s value proposition at the next level is simple, he created more combined points on the pick and roll for himself and his teammates last season than any prospect in the country at 14.3 points per-game. Playing in a pick and roll heavy, pro-style offense, Larkin kept defenses honest with his jump shot, which ranks second most efficient in this group at 1.137 points per-shot, and showed excellent command of the ball, turning the ball over on just 11.3% of his possessions creating in the two-man game. While scouts will scrutinize his size, his efficiency as a scorer and prolific shot creating ability seem tailor made for the NBA game.”




No. 43 Pick (from Milwaukee via Philadelphia): Ricky Ledo

Draft Express Analysis:

“Ledo was inconsistent in Chicago [The NBA Combine], looking very good on the first day and then coming down to earth a bit in the second. His shooting was hit or miss, but his talent-level with the ball in his hands was unmistakable in terms of his able to create shots smoothly for himself and others at 6-7. He’s clearly a good athlete and ball-handler, mixing in crossovers nicely and finishing above the rim on a couple of occasions. Defensively, Ledo has a ways to go and is probably a long-term project considering how little experience he brings to the table, but his upside is significantly higher than most of the prospects outside of the top-20 or 25, which could convince a team to roll the dice on him, despite the character concerns.”



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Fun Fact Friday (NBA Draft Bonus Edition)

28 06 2013

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On a hectic night that consisted of at least 24 trades, the NBA Draft started right away with a surprise. The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Anthony Bennett with their top pick. Bennett is the first Canadian No. 1 overall pick in league history.

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2013 NBA Draft: My Starting Five

24 06 2013


In anticipation of the NBA Draft on Thursday, this is my starting lineup of the players I like most from each position.



PG – Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse)

2012-13 season: 11.9 ppg, 7.3 apg, 4.9 rpg, 2.8 spg



SG – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Georgia)

2012-13 season: 18.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.0 spg, 80.0 FT%



SF – Anthony Bennett (UNLV)

2012-13 season: 16.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.2 bpg, 53.3 FG%



PF – Tony Mitchell (North Texas)

2012-13 season: 13.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.7 bpg



C – Gorgui Dieng (Lousiville)

2012-13 season: 9.8 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 2.5 bpg, 2.0 apg, 53.4 FG%




PG/SG – Erick Green (Virginia Tech)

2012-13 season: 25.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.3 spg, 81.6 FT%



PG/SG – C.J. McCollum (Lehigh)

2012-13 season: 23.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.4 spg, 51.6 3P%, 84.9 FT%



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Who is a Future MVP?

10 06 2013


Determining which NBA draft prospects have MVP potential is not an easy task. Teams pay millions of dollars to scouts and evaluators every year in hopes of finding the next Tim Duncan, Michael Jordan, or LeBron James. Even the evaluation gurus have trouble finding the next big thing; only 10 players taken with the No. 1 overall pick in the entire history of the NBA Draft have gone on to win an MVP award. In the 1996 draft, 14 players were picked before Steve Nash, who went on to win back-to-back MVP awards.

By looking at the entire history of MVP winners and their statistics, broken down by position, you can see a template of sorts. You begin to see that for any given position, a player must meet a minimum threshold of numbers. By comparing draft prospects’ stats to that template, a clearer picture of MVP potential unfolds.

Take a look at this infographic to see which players in this year’s draft have a good chance to go on to win an MVP award during their NBA careers.




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First SLAM Article

6 06 2013

Check out my first official article I put together for my New York internship with SLAM. Click here.

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Welcome to Your New Dallas Home

30 06 2012


Instead of discussing what the three new Mavericks could possibly bring to their new team, listen as they each open up about themselves.


Pick No. 24 – Jared Cunningham (Oregon State)


Pick No. 33 – Bernard James (Florida State)


Pick No. 34 – Jae Crowder (Marquette)


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2012 NBA Draft Twitter Rundown

28 06 2012


In order to cover the many story lines that took place Thursday night in New Jersey, here are the main tweets from my Twitter account pertaining to the 2012 NBA Draft



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