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Friday, December 2, 2016

Worldwide Transactions - December 1, 2016

A look at some of the notable moves around the world of basketball today.

  • Ahmad Nivins to be released by Orleans (French Pro A)
After being named Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, Nivins was drafted 56th overall in the 2009 draft by the Dallas Mavericks. His draft rights were moved to the Knicks in the 2011 trade that brought Tyson Chandler to New York.  The Jersey City product suited up for the Knicks summer league team in 2012 before his draft rights were renounced before the 2014 season.  The now 29 year old forward has spent his entire pro career in Europe including the last 5 seasons playing for various teams in the France.  He was part of the Asvel Villeurbanne team that won the Pro A Championship last season before signing with Orleans this offseason.  Nivins has had a down year while battling knee issues and will be released following this Saturday's game against Le Mans.  Source

  • Shandong (Chinese CBA) sign A.J. Price, release Norris Cole
Price was another 2009 draft pick going 52nd overall to the Indiana Pacers.  He played in 261 career NBA games over parts of 6 seasons with his last action coming during the 2014-15 season with the Suns.  He returns to China after averaging 30.3 points per game for Shanghai last season.  Cole, a 2011 1st round pick, was putting up 19.1 ppg for the 6-6 Flaming Bulls.  He has played in 347 NBA games over the last 5 seasons before moving to China this year.  It is rumored that he might be leaving to join the Grizzlies as an injury replacement for Mike Conley.  Cole spent last year in New Orleans scoring 10.6 points over 45 games including 23 starts.  Source

  • Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League) acquire Jeff Ayres as returning player
Sticking with the 2009 draft theme, the 31st overall pick heads back to the D-League after gaining some Euroleague experience with Russian powerhouse CSKA.  The 6 year vet has played in 237 NBA games including 17 last season with the Clippers.  He was averaging 16.2 pts & 9.2 reb with the Idaho Stampede before being called up in late January.  Ayres was then dealt to the D-Fenders upon his D-League return but played in just 2 games before being called up again by the Clippers.  The D-Fenders retained his rights and he now returns in hopes of another NBA shot.  Source

  • Texas Legends (D-League) claim Tony Wroten off waivers, trade Andre Dawkins
At just 23 years old and already with 4 years & 145 games of NBA experience, Wroten begins his journey back to the league with the Legends.  After seeing his most successful season in 2014-15 with the 76ers, Wroten lasted just 5 games last year in Philadelphia before being waived.  He was subsequently signed by the Knicks before the end of the year while still injured with an eye toward this season.  New York, however, waived him this summer and Memphis claimed him.  The Grizzlies then let him go as well before re-signing & re-waiving him 2 more times.  Dawkins heads to the Windy City Bulls to make room for Wroten's acquisition.  Undrafted in 2014, Dawkins spent time with both Miami & Boston during his rookie year in which he netted just 22 minutes of NBA game time.  He has since been bouncing around the D-League while also gaining some valuable experience in Italy with Torino last year season before joining the Legends.  He'll now head to Bulls affiliate in hopes of another NBA look.  Source

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Envisioning the Future of the NBA Pt. 3: The Draft, Re-Alignment & The Playoffs


THE DRAFT
           
Another recent hot-button issue has been figuring out a way to re-do the draft lottery process. Adam Silver has maintained that he is “studying it. I'm listening to everyone, from media to players who have a point of view.” The first real potential solution came in the form of ‘The Wheel’ which was submitted by a Boston Celtics’ front office member. In that proposal, each team gets one of each pick, from 1 to 30, only once over a 30-year period. There are plenty of other nuggets as well but that’s the gist of it. I, myself, took a look at the 3-year cumulative wins based lottery proposal earlier in the year. The newest proposal talks about adjusting the weighted percentages that lottery team’s get. Regardless of which plan the NBA chooses, the idea is to prevent out and out tanking for high draft picks.


None of the proposals are perfect but it’s obvious that some sort of change is going to be implemented in the near future. Along with that, Silver is on record as wanting to increase the draft age limit to 20 once the new union director is in place. Well that just happened. The age limit issue is a tough one. Proponents for raising the age limit talk about the league getting more NBA-ready players and less projects. Retractors point out the exploitative nature of the NCAA system and allowing players to earn a living whenever that opportunity presents itself and not when they are told it’s okay. It’s very likely that NCAA players will have to wait until after their sophomore season to enter the draft & I believe that will lead to some interesting situations. We’ve already seen Brandon Jennings, in the past, and Emmanuel Mudiay, just recently, skip college to earn immediate paydays overseas. That trend would likely continue and perhaps grow with an even stricter age limit.


The flip side of that is if the NBA will continue to allow draft-ineligible players the option to enter the D-League. We just saw P.J. Hairston & the Greek Freak’s brother go from D-League to NBA draft pick but those were one year situations. If high school players have to play 2 seasons of minimum-wage ball in the D-League before being draft eligible it seems infinitely more likely that they would choose the overseas route. China offers huge paydays to big name players and the major European teams provide ample financial & competitive situations. Yes there are plenty of examples of teams with financial issues overseas, even storied franchises like Montepaschi Siena, and a very long list of players claiming they didn’t get paid but good agents know where to steer their clients to have the best chances of avoiding that type of situation. It’s a tough transition for such young men to go from high school to a new country and some won’t want to but, without a D-League plan in place by the NBA, it will likely happen.



RE-ALIGNMENT & THE PLAYOFFS

Realignment is honestly one of the easiest fixes for the NBA. There’s no multi-year long build up as with many of the other issues facing the league. It is simply a matter of deciding which teams are going to be in which conference, divisions yes or no, how many aaaand done! Expansion to 32 teams would allow a jump from 3 divisions per conference to 4. Drastic changes include eliminating the conference designations of Eastern & Western and completely mix up teams like the NFL does. More subtle changes like going back to 2 divisions per conference or no divisions at all could also be on the table. It’s really a simple way to add excitement and create new rivalries instantly.


Say we went with a 4 team divisions while including our top 2 expansion teams, Seattle and Las Vegas. We would separate teams by general map location. Below is a quick breakdown of how that might look. 



If you wanted, you could easily keep the Eastern & Western conference designations by moving Minnesota to the East and adding Seattle and Vegas to the West. More fun would be to go with an NFL-style setup and put each odd numbered division into one conference and every even numbered division into another. It might be too drastic a change for traditionalists but it could be quite interesting. More than likely the NBA will lean more towards eliminating divisions but keep conferences intact, as they've previously hinted towards.


Getting rid of divisions stops the problem of champions of bad divisions from automatically receiving higher playoff seeds. Eliminating conferences all together, the international model if you will, would allow the very best 16 teams to make the playoffs every year.  This is what that would've look like in the last 5 seasons.

















There are a lot of different ways to go with it and, as I mentioned before, it's not something that has to wait.  Obviously, changes with expansion teams has to wait but that's just one example.  The elimination of divisions is a simple plan that could be rolled out right away with almost no problem.  Eliminating conferences could be seen as a more drastic measure but the immediate benefits can be seen in the 2013-14 column above, Phoenix makes the playoffs as the 13th best team instead of being left out.  A lot of people have pointed to the weakened Eastern Conference as a reason to change the way we decide who makes the playoffs.  

People who complain that we would never see classic Finals matchups like Lakers-Celtics but wouldn't it be great to see that as a 2nd or 3rd round matchup.  I think that it would only strengthen rivalries when teams have more realistic opportunities to play meaningful games and series against each other.  It also allows the two best teams overall to play for the title.  Isn't it time that we move towards rewarding teams for being the best and not penalizing them for playing in a tougher conference.  

Again, all of these ideas could not only be beneficial to the league but also bring a new air of excitement.  I believe the NBA has the best product in sports and a little progressive thinking could ensure the future of the game continues to improve in all aspects.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Envisioning the Future of the NBA Pt. 2: Expansion



It has been 10 years since the NBA added an expansion team and Seattle has been in countless rumors since they were moved to become the next in line. The NBA currently has 30 teams with varying degrees of profits, depending on who you ask. That led to 2011 strike and the owners standing firm on reducing the players’ share of revenue from 57% down to 50%. Now, with Steve Ballmer’s 2 billion dollar bid to buy the Clippers and the impending TV rights deal expected to more than double what each team receives annually, people have continued to broach the subject.  Adam Silver has been firm thus far on the issue as noted in a February ESPN article"Ultimately I'm responsible for the financial and competitive health of a 30-team league, and while we made tremendous strides in the last collective bargaining agreement, we're still not there yet. We don't have 30 profitable teams in the NBA, and while we've made progress, there are still teams that aren't competitive enough."


Based on that statement there are a number of problems that have to be addressed before Silver would even consider adding another expansion franchise. Kevin Pelton showed that coming up with enough talented players will not be a problem and anyone who even remotely follows the Euroleague knows that there are plenty of NBA-level players overseas. The talent pool could easily support 2 new teams and likely more so I don’t think teams being competitive has anything to do with available talent as much as it has to do with teams tanking/rebuilding.


So that would mean it comes down to dollar bills and all of a sudden it looks like there will plenty of those to go around. In 2004, the expansion fee for the Charlotte Bobcats was $300 million which was equally divided between each team at $10 million a pop. A recent Business Insider article notes that future expansion fees could easily topple $1 billion after Ballmer’s recent Clippers purchase which would mean,  If the NBA sells two expansion franchises, bringing the total number of teams to 32 (same as the NFL), that would be $70-100 million for each of the league's 30 NBA owners.


In 2016 we will have the new TV rights deal which is projected to increase each team’s share by 3 times what they currently get. Right now, that share is roughly $30 million per year per team. So let’s say that increases by 2.5x to $75 million per team. If we add one new franchise each team would get $72.6M, two new franchises bring each team’s share to $70.3M. So a $5M per year hit for each team gets quickly erased by that $70-100M in expansion money. J. Bruce Miller, a man hoping to bring the NBA to Louisville, recently said, “As I've repeatedly said, ONCE the League gets control of the Sterling situation either by Sterling losing and the sale carrying forth OR by Sterling winning and the League (itself) moving forward as per Silver "...with our own proceedings." --- then the time will come to focus on the television rights negotiation which will also involve the potential expansion to Seattle and another city (most likely to be Louisville).” 


We’ll talk more about Mr. Miller in a little while. Silver has basically said, in so many words, that expansion isn’t going to happen before the new CBA is in place. The players will surely opt out in 2017 as Larry Coon explains, “I expect the players to opt-out in 2017, and for the league to impose a lockout on July 1, 2017 (because they can’t do business without an agreement in place), However, negotiations will be quick and smooth (similar to 2005), and there will be a new CBA in place in time for the 2017-18 season to begin on time.”  The players will get a bigger share of the pie but the pie is growing very quickly, enough so to keep everybody involved happy. So I think we can pinpoint the 2017-18 season as a realistic timeframe of when the expansion process could begin. How long it would take from go from discussing it to a new team or two actually playing in the league depends on what cities would be selected. Let’s take a look at them shall we.


SEATTLE – The obvious and most deserved selection. The Sonics left in 2008 and since then the city has been linked to just about every fleeting franchise slightly rumored to relocate. At the Sloan Conference this past March, Silver mentioned that the Seahawks winning the Super Bowl helped Seattle’s chances at getting an NBA team. Investor Chris Hansen continues to be at the forefront of the Seattle movement and has arena plans already laid out. It looked like his group was going to get the Sacramento Kings to relocate but had it slip away at the end. Regardless, Seattle’s business plan is well laid out for all to see and the city possesses a rabid fan base chomping at the bit for the Sonics to return. So while there is no arena currently in place, Seattle could easily break ground early enough in advance to have a team ready rather quickly.


LAS VEGAS – The solid candidate. David Stern had a telling quote last year, “It wouldn’t surprise me if Commissioner Silver was looking at strong applications from Las Vegas and Seattle in the coming years, and I’m going to enjoy watching it.” The Summer League has been held at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center since 2004 so there’s already an NBA connection in play. That arena is too small for an NBA team but alas the city has already broken ground on a brand new arena that will be placed right on the Vegas strip. The gambling issue has long been the obvious concern but that has seemed to diminish over the years. The public has quickly forgotten about the Tim Donaghy betting scandal but concerns will certainly be brought back up should Vegas gain serious consideration. While the potential for foul play would seem to be a drawback, it seems less of an issue than it did in years past. With an arena already being built, Vegas is a solid contender who should have a number of interested ownership groups.


LOUISVILLE – The serious contender. Louisville’s ABA franchise folded in 1976 after being passed over for the NBA merger but it has always been known as a basketball town. The best thing the city has going for them is the NBA-ready arena that currently houses the University of Louisville basketball team. The aforementioned J. Bruce Miller said, “I remain in constant (near daily) contact with representatives of the League, certain team management individuals and potential majority owners for a Louisville/Kentucky franchise.” While Miller is a noted friend of David Stern’s, it has to be encouraging that he appears to have continual contact within the league. It has been questioned that the Louisville market is strong enough to sustain an NBA team but Forbes magazine even did an article stating that Louisville should be at the top of the NBA’s list of expansion cities. With an arena in tow Louisville certainly makes a good case.


PITTSBURGH – The outsider with an arena in place. Pittsburgh is another city that already has an arena in place. The CONSOL Energy Center opened in 2010 and has already hosted the NCAA tournament. The city briefly housed an ABA franchise and even had a team as recently as 2008 with the CBA’s Pittsburgh Xplosion. Pittsburgh is known as a city with a loyal fan base that many believe could translate to support for an NBA team. David Stern actually mentioned Pittsburgh first in 2013 when he rattled off a list of potential NBA cities. On the negative side, a 2011 article by The Business Journals named the city as the 3rd most overextended market for professional sports teams. Locals play up the potential Philly & Cleveland rivalries as another positive but outside of the arena there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot more positives.


VIRGINIA BEACH – The outsider with some hope. In contrast to Pittsburgh, The Business Journals research paper noted Virginia Beach as the 5th best market to host an NBA franchise. The city tried to lure the Kings there in recent times and have multiple proposals to build an arena in attempts to bring any professional sports team to a region without any pro teams at the moment. That fact would ensure the team the entire market of nearly 2 million people. It has also been noted that the Norfolk-Virginia Beach area is the 6th largest NBA television market in the U.S. even without a team. The stalemate continues to be spending the money to build an arena with no promise of any team coming to town. Obviously, an approved plan to build one would go a long way to moving up this list.


THE OTHER U.S. CITIES – David Stern also mentioned Kansas City & Columbus in his list of potential locations. Kansas City has an arena in place but most believe it lacks the money & support that would be needed to sustain the franchise. Columbus also has an arena in place but in addition to the potential lack of support, the city also suffers from being so close to two existing NBA teams, Cleveland and Indiana. While both cities continue to get mentioned as potential landing spots, neither one would realistically seem to be able to beat out the teams mentioned above.


THE INTERNATIONAL CITIES – An Adam Silver quote from last year, "When we do expand, we'd need to expand probably with multiple teams, so that you wouldn't have an orphan team in Europe, but that you'd potentially have a division so those teams could play each other more often and NBA teams presumably traveling in Europe could have more teams to play when they're over there." Obviously the important word is ‘when’. The NBA has made great efforts to tap into the international market and badly hope that European and even Chinese expansion can happen at some point. The NBA has aggressively played preseason games overseas in recent years and the league clearly has the most international appeal of all the major U.S. leagues. The main problem, of course, is travel. As Silver mentioned, there would need to be multiple expansion team at the same time but scheduling would still be problematic. It’s certain that the NBA wants to have some teams overseas but expansion will definitely occur stateside first.


In conclusion, I think expanding the league by two more teams is something we will see in the next 5 years.  I think talk about potential cities will ramp back up once the TV deal is completed.  The money will be available to make it feasible and the talent pool will always be ripe for the picking.  Seattle seems the lock for one spot while Vegas & Louisville appear the front runners for the second spot with Virginia Beach & Pittsburgh pulling up the rear.  Having 32 teams opens up lots of possibilities for divisional and conference realignment and is also allows for some potential bracket-style tournaments.  5 years from now seems realistic to have 32 NBA teams and also would allow enough time to complete the 1 to 1 D-League affiliation I spoke about in part one.  The combination of expansion & D-League reform could go hand in hand with draft lottery reform and also open up many more opportunities overseas.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Envisioning the Future of the NBA Pt 1: The D-League





Two more teams will be added to the D-League for the upcoming season and the 17 of the 18 teams will be direct affiliates to NBA teams. That number has risen from 11 in just two years. While more teams continue to sense the future potential many have begun envisioning a true minor league system with each NBA team having its own D-League affiliate. Matt Moore talked briefly of what that could mean for the league,


"There's a lot the NBA can do with a 30-team system. Expand the draft, change roster spot availability, improve the salary functions to help keep talent from going overseas (a major problem). It could help with moving the age limit back, a priority for Adam Silver, with rehab assignments, and generally help boost the league in developing its talent, a major issue for it." 


As you can see, a large number of possibilities arise once that one for one system is in place. While it’s hard to say with any certainty when we could realistically expect to get to that point, we all have to be encouraged by the fact that more than half of the teams in the NBA feel there’s value in doing so.


The NBA also recently made a rule change that Gino Pilato helped clarify for us all,


“Under the new rule, NBA D-League players who are on an NBA team’s ‘draft list’ will have the opportunity to automatically play for their NBA team’s NBA D-League affiliate both prior to the NBA D-League Draft and at any point during the season. In the case of players who join the NBA D-League mid-season, NBA D-League teams will have 24 hours to claim or relinquish rights to the player whose draft rights are retained by their NBA parent club. An NBA team’s ‘draft list’ consists of players for whom that team holds exclusive NBA contract signing rights.”


This is the rule that will allow Oklahoma City to ‘draft and stash’ first round pick Josh Huestis in the D-League this year. It’s become rather controversial recently as Zach Lowe explains. Pilato goes on to explain that prior rules forced teams to wheel and deal to keep their own drafted players with their own D-League affiliate to avoid the situation that Pierre Jackson was in last season. Jordan Conn noted,


Because he never signed a contract with New Orleans, the 22-year-old Jackson entered the D-League in the same capacity as its hundreds of undrafted NBA hopefuls. Rather than going to the Pelicans’ affiliate, the Iowa Energy, Jackson was available in the D-League draft to be taken by any team. The Stampede, who are partnered with the Portland Trail Blazers, chose him fourth overall. And so it came to be that Jackson starred for a D-League team affiliated with a franchise that could not, at least while the Pelicans held his draft rights, ever call him up to the NBA.


So while the NBA fixed that particular issue it opened up a new loophole that the Thunder is exploiting. It’s similar to the current MLB draft slot system in which teams draft a lesser player because he will sign for less money. In this case, Huestis basically agreed to forego his rookie scale contract for one year and accept the D-League max $25,000 for this year so OKC can avoid cutting another player & leaving them some wiggle room under the luxury tax threshold.


The rule itself, however, was put in place with the future in mind. NBA teams regularly draft international players and have them stay overseas for a couple of years in the traditional ‘draft and stash’ mold. There are many of them as you can see. In more recent drafts we have seen teams take college players late in the second round who were okay with being ‘stashed’ overseas for a year or two in the hopes of improving enough to crack the team’s roster in the future. The player, who otherwise would unlikely be drafted, benefits from high-level experience, good money & a much better chance to make the NBA in the future. Meanwhile, the team saves a roster spot and valuable cap space to spend on veteran help while also acquiring an asset that can be used in future trades.


In the same article, Pilato also talks about another potential rule change that would allow NBA teams to keep the right to 4 training camp cuts on their D-League affiliate. That’s a change from the current rule of 3 and also a way for teams to double the amount of money those players can get paid. That’s a start in trying to remedy the biggest problem that the D-League suffers from, player salaries. The league has continued to market the league as the best way to get recognized and get an opportunity to play in NBA. In fact, if you go to the official D-League website you’ll see smack dab in the middle ‘149 Current NBA players have D-League experience.” While this is an accurate statement, it glosses over the fact that most of its players are making damn near close to minimum wage.


The reality is that, outside of the NBA, there is a whole hell of lot of places around the world to play and get paid handsomely. Granted, not every player is going command a high salary but this is why you continue to see the league’s best players make a mass exodus overseas every offseason. The NBA dream always remains but at some point the need to support a family wins out. This continues to be the fundamental problem with the D-League but a solution could be on the horizon. As noted in LeBron James' decision to sign a 2-year deal, the salary cap is expected to skyrocket in the summer of 2016 as most believe that each team will at least double the more than $30M they receive from the current TV rights deal. There have been talks to ease that increase but regardless there is going to be a whole lot more money headed towards player salaries.


A wise man would think the NBA & players association would get together to allocate some of that money to properly pay their D-League players. I mean if you quadruple the highest current D-League salary and give that to each of the 10 players with roster spots that is only a million bucks. That’s cheaper than some of the veteran minimum deals teams hand out left and right. It would seem an easy fix and a great way to jump start a true developmental league. As of now, there is roughly zero continuity from year to year. The best international teams have ‘junior teams’ that they use to develop future talent in the lower levels of domestic leagues. Once that player shows a readiness to face better competition they can either be loaned to another team that will provide them with more playing time or join the parent club. The NBA can use the D-League the same way in controlling the player development from an early stage. Teams already implement coaching staffs that will run similar schemes to the parent club which lessens the learning curve when the player receives a call-up.


In regards to the continuity problem, the D-League needs to abolish the draft. I don’t know if anyone has had the pleasure of listening in to the conference call that is the draft but it’s certainly a treat. I love drafts, especially basketball ones, but the D-League draft is absolutely crazy. First off, leading up to the draft, there are a ridiculous amount of draft pick trades which make it damn near impossible to know the correct draft order. Secondly, there are 8 rounds which is at least 4 too many. The whole concept of a D-League draft is a bit strange. Each team can only maintain 10 roster spots + assignment players. Add in the fact that 3 players can be allocated from NBA training camp and that leaves just 7 open spots. So we have 8 rounds of picks for potentially 7 open spots not including any players who actually come back from the previous season. What usually happens is, after a flurry of trades, waiving players and players leaving to go overseas, we end up with 1 or 2 guys actually playing for the team that drafted them. It all seems rather pointless & convoluted to me. On top of that, the draft isn’t held until late October/early November which kills players’ chances to find suitable alternative employment elsewhere as most other leagues have already begun.


I would argue that between summer league, training camp invites & unsigned draft picks, each team could easily fill a 10-man roster pretty quickly. Plus those roster spots could be given out rather early in the summer which would allow players to have a realistic outlook on their chances to make the team or head overseas. D-League personnel could focus on player development within a given system while the NBA team will have a handful of young talent to infuse their team with. D-League players could also become tradable assets that are packaged in NBA deals. Instead of constant D-League trades that always seem to be about the immediate short term, NBA general managers would take over deciding which talent is worth keeping with a focus on the future.


If a complete 30 team NBA/D-League affiliation ever happens it could springboard the NBA to an even better and more complete league. It will offer the fans a better on-court product and increase parity. It will also generate a lot more interest in the D-League itself once 'prospects' start being included in real NBA trades. The future could be very bright and the next couple of years will determine whether or not this possibility can become a reality.

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Very Brief Look At What Sam Hinkie Has Done In Philadelphia

Sam Hinkie was hired as general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers on May 14th, 2013.  He was fairly unknown and touted as an analytics guy & a Daryl Morey disciple from his time with the Houston Rockets. Two years ago, I wrote about Morey's tenure with Houston leading up to his pursuit of Dwight Howard.  Morey had the pleasure of inheriting a perennial playoff team albeit one that couldn't escape the first round of the playoffs.  The team Hinkie inherited had made the playoffs in 4 of its previous 6 seasons but hadn't won more than 43 games since the 2002-03 season.  

Hinkie's blueprint for turning around the storied Sixers franchise was already laid out before him, thanks to Morey, but his job would be much more difficult due to the lack of talent in place.  Prior to being hired, franchise favorite Andre Iguodala was shipped out to Denver in a 4-team trade along with a future 1st round pick for the calamity that was Andrew Bynum.  Philly naturally struggled their way to a 9th place finish in the Eastern Conference.  Enter Hinkie.

The number one priority was a complete rebuild and collecting future assets that could potentially be turned into a superstar.  Morey made a point of collecting future draft picks, draft and stash players, maximizing the use of long, team-friendly, non-guaranteed deals for younger players & keeping open cap space to absorb salary dumps to acquire more assets.  For Morey, that turned into Dwight Howard & James Harden and very nearly Chris Bosh.  Hinkie set off on that same path and already has the franchise heading to a brighter future although it will be another tough season on the court.

Critics will continue to rant about the on-court product, using another top 10 pick on a big man who likely won't play this year & the fact that Hinkie won't throw money at free agents who might help the team do better this season but offer no long-term value.  But it's pretty hard to argue with the chart below so Hinkie gets the benefit of the doubt.  Philly has some great young talent in Carter-Williams & Noel to combine with 'veteran' Thaddeus Young and lead this year's team.  Late in the season or the beginning of next year should bring Joel Embiid.  Dario Saric likely joins in 2016 with the likes of Vasilije Micic, Pierre Jackson & Furkan Aldemir due somewhere in between.  Combine that with a nice collection of future second round picks and the likelihood that the two first rounders that Philly owed when Hinkie took over are likely to become two 2nd round picks, it doesn't look half bad.
















A quick look at the moves Hinkie has made since coming aboard.

2013 DRAFT
-          IN – Nerlens Noel (6), Michael Carter-Williams (11), rts to Arsalan Kazemi (54), NO’s 2014 1st (top 5), MIL’s 2014 2nd, DAL’s 2014 2nd
-          OUT – Jrue Holiday, rts to Glen Rice Jr. (35), rts to Pierre Jackson (42)

2013-14 FREE AGENCY
-          OUT – Bynum, Ju. Holiday, Ivey, Jenkins, Wilkins, Wright, Young
-          IN – James Anderson, Brandon Davies, Darius Morris, Daniel Orton, Hollis Thompson

OFFSEASON TRADES
-          IN – Tony Wroten, rts to Furkan Aldemir
-          OUT – 2nd rd picks not exercised

IN-SEASON
-          IN – Lorenzo Brown
-          OUT – K. Brown, Morris, Orton

TRADE DEADLINE
-          IN – Earl Clark, Danny Granger, Eric Maynor, Byron Mullens, Henry Sims, 2 CLE 2014 2nds (38th, 52nd),  GS’s 2015 2nd, NO’s 2015 2nd, DEN’s 2016 2nd, LAC’s 2018 2nd
-          OUT – Lavoy Allen, Spencer Hawes, Evan Turner
-          WAIVED – Clark, Granger

REST OF SEASON
-          IN – Adonis Thomas, Jarvis Varnado, Casper Ware
-          OUT – Lorenzo Brown, Maynor

2014 DRAFT
-          IN – Joel Embiid (3), Dario Saric (12), K.J. McDaniels (32), Jerami Grant (39), Vasilije Micic (52), Jordan McRae (58), ORL’s 2015 2nd, Own 2017 1st back, rts to Pierre Jackson
-          OUT – Elfrid Payton (10), Russ Smith (47), Nemanja Dangubic (54)

FREE AGENCY
-          OUT – Anderson, Mullens, Thomas

Below is a look at the 12 players currently under contract with the 76ers.  It's likely that 2014 draft picks Embiid, McDaniels & Grant will round out the roster with tons of possibilities for other moves due to the plethora of non-guaranteed (orange) deals and available cap space.  You can see a lot of those Morey-esque long-term deals in place for the younger guys.  The present will be tough but it's hard to argue with the return Hinkie has received with so little to work with initially.























Tuesday, May 6, 2014

2014 NBA DRAFT PROSPECT RANGES

Rankings are based upon a weighted average of the top prospect lists Draft Express ESPN NBADraft.net and NBADraftInsider.  

CONSENSUS TOP 5 PICKS

Players who are projected as top 5 picks in all 4 rankings.
  • 01. ANDREW WIGGINS, G/F, 6-8/200, Kansas
  • 02. JOEL EMBIID, C, 7-0/240, Kansas
  • 03. JABARI PARKER, F, 6-8/240, Duke
  • 05. DANTE EXUM, G, 6-6/190, Australian Institute of Sport
Wiggins, Embiid & Parker are 1, 2 & 3 in almost everyone's top prospects lists.  Exum's potential has kept him as a consensus top 5 pick while Julius Randle seems to be the one who could slip depending on how the lottery plays out and what teams need.

CONSENSUS LOTTERY PICKS

Players who are projected as lottery picks in all 4 rankings.
  • 04. JULIUS RANDLE, PF, 6-9/250, Kentucky
  • 06. MARCUS SMART, G, 6-4/200, Oklahoma State
  • 07. NOAH VONLEH, PF, 6-10/240, Indiana
  • 09. GARY HARRIS, SG, 6-4/210, Michigan State
Smart and Vonleh would seem to have the best chance at leap-frogging Randle into the top 5 while Harris figures likely to be a top 10 pick when all is said and done.

CONSENSUS TOP 20 PICKS

Players who are projected as top 20 picks in all 4 rankings.
  • 08. AARON GORDON, F, 6-9/210, Arizona
  • 10. DARIO SARIC, SF, 6-10/225, Cibona (Croatia)
  • 11. DOUG MCDERMOTT, PF, 6-8/225, Creighton
  • 12. TYLER ENNIS, PG, 6-2/180, Syracuse
  • 13. NIK STAUSKAS, SG, 6-6/205, Michigan
  • 14. JAMES YOUNG, SF, 6-7/200, Kentucky
Gordon has one of the widest ranges of where he could be picked but more than likely will find his way into the lottery.  Saric would move up if teams knew he would come over next season.  The other 4 guys are likely lottery picks who won't slide much past that.

CONSENSUS FIRST ROUND PICKS

Players who are projected as first round picks in all 4 rankings.
  • 15. RODNEY HOOD, SF, 6-8/185, Duke
  • 16. ADREIAN PAYNE, PF, 6-9/215, Michigan State
  • 17. ZACH LAVINE, G, 6-5/180, UCLA
  • 18. KYLE ANDERSON, SF, 6-8/240, UCLA
  • 19. JERAMI GRANT, SF, 6-8/205, Syracuse
  • 21. ELFRID PAYTON, PG, 6-3/170, Louisiana-Lafayette
  • 22. T.J. WARREN, SF, 6-8/230, North Carolina State
Hood and LaVine seem most likely to sneak into the lottery.  Payne & Anderson have continued to rise in the rankings along with Payton, who has shot up draft boards.  Grant & Warren have steadily slipped but both will likely be first round picks.

PROBABLE FIRST ROUND PICKS

Players who are projected as first round picks in 3 of the 4 rankings.
  • 20. CLINT CAPELA, PF, 6-10/210, Chalon (France)
  • 23. K.J. MCDANIELS, SF, 6-6/200, Clemson
  • 25. P.J. HAIRSTON, G/F, 6-5/225, Texas Legends (D-League)
  • 26. SHABAZZ NAPIER, PG, 6-0/170, Connecticut
  • 27. CLEANTHONY EARLY, PF, 6-8/215, Wichita State
  • 28. JORDAN ADAMS, SG, 6-5/220, UCLA
Everyone here but Early & Adams is pretty locked into the end of the first round.  Capela isn't likely to slip past San Antonio at 30.  Napier's tournament run secured his spot in the first while McDaniels & Hairston bring the ability to be rotation pieces right away.  Early's stock has evened out after shooting upwards during Wichita State's undefeated run.  Adams declared on the last allowable day after previously saying he would return.  He's an early 2nd rounder at worst.

POSSIBLE FIRST ROUND PICKS

Players who are projected as first round picks in 2 of the 4 rankings.
  • 24. JUSUF NURKIC, C, 6-11/280, Cedevita (Croatia)
  • 31. KRISTAPS PORZINGIS, PF, 6-11/220, Cajasol (Spain)
  • 36. JORDAN CLARKSON, SG, 6-5/195, Missouri
Nurkic likely gets snatched in the late first but could get pushed to the early 2nd if Saric & Capela slide on draft day.  Porzingis also entered after initially saying he wouldn't and should go in the top 40 picks. Clarkson has a wide range from the middle part of the first all the way to the middle of the second round.

OTHER POTENTIAL FIRST ROUND PICKS

Players who are projected as first round picks in at least 1 of the 4 rankings.
  • 29. GLENN ROBINSON III, SF, 6-6/210, Michigan
  • 30. DEANDRE DANIELS, SF, 6-9/195, Connecticut
  • 32. MITCH MCGARY, C, 6-10/265, Michigan
  • 33. SPENCER DINWIDDIE, SG, 6-6/200, Colorado
  • 34. VASILIJE MICIC, PG, 6-5/185, Mega Vizura (Serbia)
  • 37. JARNELL STOKES, PF, 6-9/255, Tennessee
  • 40. NICK JOHNSON, SG, 6-3/200, Arizona
  • 41. SEMAJ CHRISTON, PG, 6-3/185, Xavier
  • 42. RUSS SMITH, PG, 6-0/160, Louisville
  • 51. MARKEL BROWN, G, 6-3/190, Oklahoma State
Robinson, Daniels, McGary & Dinwiddie are all likely to be drafted in the early part of the 2nd round but each has the potential to sneak into the last few picks in the 1st.  Micic has that potential as well.  The other players are all likely early to mid 2nd round picks with some maybe even falling into the 50s.

CONSENSUS SECOND ROUND PICKS

Players who are projected as second round picks in all 4 rankings.
  • 35. C.J. WILCOX, SG, 6-5/190, Washington
  • 38. ISAIAH AUSTIN, C, 7-1/220, Baylor
  • 39. DEONTE BURTON, PG, 6-1/185, Nevada
  • 49. JAMES MCADOO, PF, 6-9/225, North Carolina
  • 50. CORY JEFFERSON, PF, 6-9/210, Baylor
Wilcox & Austin are likely early 2nd round picks.  Burton's stock could rise and fall depending on how many point guards go before him.  McAdoo & Jefferson are both likely mid to late round picks but it wouldn't be shocking if team's look elsewhere for younger prospects or draft-and-stash guys that could push them out completely.

PROBABLE SECOND ROUND PICKS

Players who are projected as second round picks in 3 of the 4 rankings.
  • 44. JAHII CARSON, PG, 5-11/165, Arizona State
  • 45. LAQUINTON ROSS, G/F, 6-8/220, Ohio State
  • 46. JABARI BROWN, SG, 6-5/215, Missouri
  • 47. DWIGHT POWELL, F/C, 6-10/210, Stanford
  • 48. PATRIC YOUNG, F/C, 6-9/250, Florida
  • 52. JOHNNY O'BRYANT III, F/C, 6-9/255, LSU
  • 54. KHEM BIRCH, PF, 6-9/175, UNLV
  • 56. JORDAN MCRAE, G/F, 6-5/175, Tennessee
  • 63. MELVIN EJIM, SF, 6-6/220, Iowa State
Everybody from this point on is nowhere close to guaranteed to be drafted.  Carson's stock has steadily dropped but he should hang on.  The same goes for Brown & Powell although their stocks have risen of late. Ross likely gets picked.  Young, O'Bryant & Birch are undersized big men who could go either way. McRae & Ejim are toss ups at the wing.

POSSIBLE SECOND ROUND PICKS

Players who are projected as second round picks in 2 of the 4 rankings.
  • 43. BOGDAN BOGDANOVIC, SG, 6-5/205, Partizan (Serbia)
  • 55. THANASIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, G/F, 6-7/215, Delaware 87ers (D-League)
  • 58. C.J. FAIR, SF, 6-8/205, Syracuse
  • 59. NIKOLA JOKIC, C, 6-11/255, Mega Vizura (Serbia)
  • 61. JORDAN BACHYNSKI, C, 7-2/250, Arizona State
  • 62. DEANDRE KANE, PG, 6-4/200, Iowa State
  • 77. KENDALL WILLIAMS, PG, 6-4/180, New Mexico
  • 81. WALTER TAVARES, C, 7-2/265, Gran Canaria (Spain)
  • 83. XAVIER THAMES, PG, 6-3/195, San Diego State
Bogdanovic is very likely to get picked.  Philly has been rumored to want to draft the Greek Freak's brother but don't look past Milwaukee grabbing him too.  Bachynski & Kane are both already 24 so that limits their ceiling.  Fair, Williams & Thames are seniors as well while Tavares is an auto-eligible international player. Jokic could very likely opt out before the draft and re-enter next year.

OTHER POSSIBLE SECOND ROUND PICKS

Players who are projected as second round picks in 1 of the 4 rankings.
  • 53. DAMIEN INGLIS, SF, 6-7/210, Roanne (France)
  • 57. DEVYN MARBLE, SG, 6-6/195, Iowa
  • 60. LAMAR PATTERSON, G/F, 6-5/220, Pittsburgh
  • 64. JOE HARRIS, SG, 6-6/225, Virginia
  • 65. AARON CRAFT, PG, 6-2/195, Ohio State
  • 67. JUVONTE REDDIC, PF, 6-9/225, VCU
  • 68. FUQUAN EDWIN, SF, 6-6/215, Seton Hall
  • 69. MOUSSA DIAGNE, C, 6-11/230, Fuenlabrada (Spain)
  • 76. ERIC MORELAND, PF, 6-10/225, Oregon State
  • 82. ARTEM KLIMENKO, C, 7-0/230, Avtodor (Russia 2nd Div)
  • 84. JOSH HUESTIS, SF, 6-7/225, Stanford
  • 89. ANDRE DAWKINS, SG, 6-4/195, Duke
  • 92. RASMUS LARSEN, PF, 6-10/215, Manresa (Spain)
  • 93. IOANNIS PAPAPETROU, SF, 6-7/225, Olympiacos (Greece)
  • 97. AARIC MURRAY, C, 6-10/250, Texas Southern
  • 122. RONALD ROBERTS, PF, 6-8/220, St. Joseph's
Inglis is an intriguing prospect and should get picked if he stays in the draft.  The rest of this group are mostly either low-ceiling seniors or fringe level foreign players that could easily wait until next year's draft.

TOP PROSPECTS


RK PR CH PLAYER POS HT WT AGE YR COLLEGE/TEAM
1 1 -- WIGGINS, ANDREW G/F 6-8 197 19 FR KANSAS
2 2 -- EMBIID, JOEL C 7-0 240 20 FR KANSAS
3 3 -- PARKER, JABARI F 6-8 241 19 FR DUKE
4 4 -- RANDLE, JULIUS PF 6-9 248 19 FR KENTUCKY
5 5 -- EXUM, DANTE G 6-6 188 18 95 AUSTRALIAN INST OF SPORT
6 6 -- SMART, MARCUS G 6-4 200 20 SO OKLAHOMA STATE
7 7 -- VONLEH, NOAH PF 6-10 242 18 FR INDIANA
8 8 -- GORDON, AARON PF 6-9 212 18 FR ARIZONA
9 10 +1 HARRIS, GARY SG 6-4 210 19 SO MICHIGAN STATE
10 9 -1 SARIC, DARIO SF 6-10 223 20 94 CIBONA (CROATIA)
11 11 -- MCDERMOTT, DOUG PF 6-8 223 22 SR CREIGHTON
12 12 -- ENNIS, TYLER PG 6-2 180 19 FR SYRACUSE
13 13 -- STAUSKAS, NIK SG 6-6 205 20 SO MICHIGAN
14 14 -- YOUNG, JAMES SF 6-7 200 18 FR KENTUCKY
15 16 +1 HOOD, RODNEY SF 6-8 187 21 SO DUKE
16 18 +2 PAYNE, ADREIAN PF 6-9 215 23 SR MICHIGAN STATE
17 17 -- LAVINE, ZACH G 6-5 180 19 FR UCLA
18 19 +1 ANDERSON, KYLE SF 6-8 233 20 SO UCLA
19 15 -4 GRANT, JERAMI SF 6-8 203 20 SO SYRACUSE
20 21 +1 CAPELA, CLINT PF 6-10 211 19 94 CHALON (FRANCE)
21 24 +3 PAYTON, ELFRID PG 6-3 170 20 JR LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE
22 20 -2 WARREN, T.J. SF 6-8 230 20 SO NORTH CAROLINA STATE
23 23 -- MCDANIELS, K.J. SF 6-6 198 21 JR CLEMSON
24 26 +2 NURKIC, JUSUF C 6-11 280 19 94 CEDEVITA (CROATIA)
25 25 -- HAIRSTON, P.J. G/F 6-5 227 21 92 TEXAS LEGENDS (D-LEAGUE)
26 28 +2 NAPIER, SHABAZZ PG 6-0 170 22 SR CONNECTICUT
27 27 -- EARLY, CLEANTHONY PF 6-8 216 23 SR WICHITA STATE
28 NR +110 ADAMS, JORDAN SG 6-5 220 19 SO UCLA
29 30 +1 ROBINSON III, GLENN SF 6-6 210 20 SO MICHIGAN
30 29 -1 DANIELS, DEANDRE SF 6-9 195 22 JR CONNECTICUT
31 NR +107 PORZINGIS, KRISTAPS PF 6-11 220 19 95 CAJASOL (SPAIN)
32 34 +2 MCGARY, MITCH C 6-10 263 21 SO MICHIGAN
33 42 +9 DINWIDDIE, SPENCER SG 6-6 200 21 JR COLORADO
34 33 -1 MICIC, VASILIJE PG 6-5 185 20 94 MEGA VIZURA (SERBIA)
35 32 -3 WILCOX, C.J. SG 6-5 190 23 SR WASHINGTON
36 38 +2 CLARKSON, JORDAN SG 6-5 195 21 JR MISSOURI
37 43 +6 STOKES, JARNELL PF 6-9 256 20 JR TENNESSEE
38 39 +1 AUSTIN, ISAIAH C 7-1 220 20 SO BAYLOR
39 37 -2 BURTON, DEONTE PG 6-1 185 22 SR NEVADA
40 45 +5 JOHNSON, NICK SG 6-3 200 21 JR ARIZONA
41 41 -- CHRISTON, SEMAJ PG 6-3 187 21 SO XAVIER
42 44 +2 SMITH, RUSS PG 6-0 160 23 SR LOUISVILLE
43 35 -8 BOGDANOVIC, BOGDAN SG 6-5 205 21 92 PARTIZAN (SERBIA)
44 36 -8 CARSON, JAHII PG 5-11 167 21 SO ARIZONA STATE
45 47 +2 ROSS, LAQUINTON G/F 6-8 219 21 JR OHIO STATE
46 48 +2 BROWN, JABARI SG 6-5 214 21 JR MISSOURI
47 50 +3 POWELL, DWIGHT F/C 6-10 212 22 SR STANFORD
48 46 -2 YOUNG, PATRIC F/C 6-9 249 22 SR FLORIDA
49 52 +3 MCADOO, JAMES PF 6-9 226 21 JR NORTH CAROLINA
50 51 +1 JEFFERSON, CORY PF 6-9 210 23 SR BAYLOR
51 58 +7 BROWN, MARKEL G 6-3 190 22 SR OKLAHOMA STATE
52 53 +1 O'BRYANT III, JOHNNY F/C 6-9 256 20 JR LSU
53 91 +38 INGLIS, DAMIEN SF 6-7 210 18 95 ROANNE (FRANCE)
54 60 +6 BIRCH, KHEM PF 6-9 175 21 JR UNLV
55 62 +7 ANTETOKOUNMPO, T. G/F 6-7 215 21 92 DELAWARE 87ERS (D-LEAGUE)
56 55 -1 MCRAE, JORDAN G/F 6-5 175 23 SR TENNESSEE
57 54 -3 MARBLE, DEVYN SG 6-6 194 21 SR IOWA
58 57 -1 FAIR, C.J. F 6-8 203 22 SR SYRACUSE
59 92 +33 JOKIC, NIKOLA C 6-11 253 19 95 MEGA VIZURA (SERBIA)
60 66 +6 PATTERSON, LAMAR G/F 6-5 220 22 SR PITTSBURGH
61 64 +3 BACHYNSKI, JORDAN C 7-2 248 24 SR ARIZONA STATE
62 68 +6 KANE, DEANDRE PG 6-4 200 24 SR IOWA STATE
63 69 +6 EJIM, MELVIN SF 6-6 220 23 SR IOWA STATE
64 72 +8 HARRIS, JOE SG 6-6 225 22 SR VIRGINIA
65 67 +2 CRAFT, AARON PG 6-2 195 23 SR OHIO STATE
66 63 -3 APPLING, KEITH PG 6-1 185 22 SR MICHIGAN STATE
67 74 +7 REDDIC, JUVONTE PF 6-9 225 21 SR VCU
68 56 -12 EDWIN, FUQUAN SF 6-6 215 22 SR SETON HALL
69 NR +69 DIAGNE, MOUSSA C 6-11 230 20 94 FUENLABRADA (SPAIN)
70 61 -9 GENTILE, ALESSANDRO G/F 6-6 200 21 92 EA7 MILANO (ITALY)
71 NR +67 BUZA, NEDIM SF 6-7 190 18 95 KK SPARS (BOSNIA)
72 76 +4 COTTON, BRYCE G 6-1 165 21 SR PROVIDENCE
73 73 -- KILPATRICK, SEAN SG 6-4 221 24 SR CINCINNATI
74 77 +3 SAMPSON, JAKARR SF 6-8 204 21 SO ST. JOHN'S
75 83 +8 BROWN, ALEC C 7-1 212 21 SR WISCONSIN-GREEN BAY
76 78 +2 MORELAND, ERIC PF 6-10 215 22 JR OREGON STATE
77 75 -2 WILLIAMS, KENDALL PG 6-4 180 22 SR NEW MEXICO
78 85 +7 PRATHER, CASEY SF 6-6 212 22 SR FLORIDA
79 79 -- KIRK, ALEX C 7-0 250 22 JR NEW MEXICO
80 NR +58 DIMSA, TOMAS SG 6-4 185 20 94 ZALGIRIS (LITHUANIA)
81 80 -1 TAVARES, WALTER C 7-2 265 22 92 GRAN CANARIA (SPAIN)
82 89 +7 KLIMENKO, ARTEM C 7-0 228 20 94 AVTODOR (RUSSIA 2ND DIV)
83 81 -2 THAMES, XAVIER PG 6-3 196 23 SR SAN DIEGO STATE
84 82 -2 HUESTIS, JOSH SF 6-7 223 22 SR STANFORD
85 NR +53 VRABAC, ADIN SF 6-8 198 20 94 KK SPARS (BOSNIA)
86 84 -2 SMITH, ROSCOE F 6-8 205 23 JR UNLV
87 101 +14 SOLOMON, RICHARD PF 6-10 220 21 SR CALIFORNIA
88 130 +42 MITCHELL, AKIL PF 6-9 233 21 SR VIRGINIA
89 87 -2 DAWKINS, ANDRE SG 6-4 196 22 SR DUKE
90 86 -4 BALVIN, ONDREJ C 7-1 215 21 92 CAJASOL (SPAIN)
91 107 +16 BHULLAR, SIM C 7-5 360 21 SO NEW MEXICO STATE
92 NR +46 LARSEN, RASMUS PF 6-10 216 19 94 MANRESA (SPAIN)
93 NR +45 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS SF 6-7 225 20 94 OLYMPIACOS (GREECE)
94 77 -17 MOSER, MIKE PF 6-8 230 23 SR OREGON
95 95 -- WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE PG 6-2 176 21 SR FLORIDA
96 NR +42 WHITTINGTON, SHAYNE PF 6-10 210 23 SR WESTERN MICHIGAN
97 120 +23 MURRAY, AARIC C 6-10 250 24 SR TEXAS SOUTHERN
98 97 -1 GADDEFORS, VIKTOR SF 6-8 200 21 92 VIRTUS BOLOGNA (ITALY)
99 99 -- PONITKA, MATEUSZ SG 6-6 211 20 93 OOSTENDE (BELGIUM)
100 98 -2 ERIKSSON, MARCUS SG 6-5 190 20 93 BARCELONA (SPAIN)
101 108 +7 STARKS, MARKEL PG 6-2 175 23 SR GEORGETOWN
102 102 -- FELICIO, CRISTIANO F/C 6-9 240 21 92 MINAS (BRAZIL)
103 NR +35 BEHANAN, CHANE PF 6-7 253 21 JR LOUISVILLE
104 103 -1 KLEBER, MAXIMILIAN PF 6-10 211 22 92 S. OLIVER BASKETS (GER)
105 125 +20 CLARK, CAMERON SF 6-7 209 22 SR OKLAHOMA
106 105 -1 CAVEN, JOONAS F 6-11 220 21 93 JOVENTUT (SPAIN)
107 106 -1 BAIRSTOW, CAMERON F/C 6-9 253 23 SR NEW MEXICO
108 129 +21 JACKSON, JOE PG 6-0 163 22 SR MEMPHIS
109 NR +29 GIFFEY, NIELS SF 6-7 205 22 SR CONNECTICUT
110 113 +3 COLLIER, DEVON F 6-8 215 23 SR OREGON STATE
111 104 -7 BADER, TRAVIS SG 6-5 191 22 SR OAKLAND
112 114 +2 MCCREA, JAVON PF 6-6 225 21 SR BUFFALO
113 115 +2 GALLOWAY, LANGSTON G 6-2 201 22 SR ST. JOSEPH'S
114 116 +2 BEAMON, GEORGE SG 6-4 175 23 SR MANHATTAN
115 NR +23 JOHNSON, GERON SG 6-3 197 21 SR MEMPHIS
116 118 +2 MILLER, DANIEL C 6-11 258 22 SR GEORGIA TECH
117 119 +2 HALL, LANGSTON PG 6-4 180 22 SR MERCER
118 NR +20 WILLIAMS, CHAZ PG 5-9 175 23 SR MASSACHUSETTS
119 NR +19 KULAGIN, DMITRY PG 6-6 210 21 92 TRIUMPH (RUSSIA)
120 NR +18 SYKES, ISAIAH SG 6-5 210 22 SR SOUTH FLORIDA
121 NR +17 BROOKS, DE'MON SF 6-7 230 22 SR DAVIDSON
122 122 -- ROBERTS, RONALD PF 6-8 220 22 SR ST. JOSEPH'S
123 100 -23 COBBS, JUSTIN PG 6-2 190 23 SR CALIFORNIA
124 88 -36 BENIMON, JERRELLE PF 6-8 245 22 SR TOWSON
125 126 +1 NELSON, ROBERTO SG 6-3 195 23 SR OREGON STATE
126 127 +1 ZANNA, TALIB F/C 6-9 225 23 SR PITTSBURGH
127 123 -4 OLIVER, DEVIN SF 6-7 225 21 SR DAYTON
128 128 -- BLACK, TARIK PF 6-8 220 22 SR KANSAS
129 131 +2 WILSON, JAMIL F 6-7 220 23 SR MARQUETTE
130 133 +3 SHEEHEY, WILL SF 6-7 200 22 SR INDIANA
131 134 +3 WHITE, OKARO F 6-8 180 21 SR FLORIDA STATE
132 135 +3 PITTMAN, ELIJAH F 6-9 219 22 91 MARSHALL
133 136 +3 HOLLINS, AUSTIN SG 6-4 185 22 SR MINNESOTA