By Jonathan Leonard, It is still only July, and moves are still to be made but this offseason has already been so intriguing I want the season to start now instead of October 28th. But to hold us all over until then, I have created my “Way Too Early Eastern Conference Predictions” starting at the bottom, up to the top. Warning – Some of my predictions may shock you.
By Wesley Best
After reaching the Final Four last season, The Ohio State men’s basketball team will set its sights on another NCAA Tournament run, this time turning to a new core of players to lead the team this year.
Gone isJared Sullinger, the 2011 Big Ten Player of the Year and two time all Big Ten selection, who was drafted by the Boston Celtics with the 19th overall pick in the NBA draft. Also departed is four year starter William Buford, who is spending time Minnesota Timberwolves organization, are going undrafted.In addition, guards Jordan Sibert (Dayton) and J.D. Weatherspoon (Toledo) both announced their intentions to transfer, following last season. (more…)
Melo, along with Chris Johnson (Dayton), Jarrod Jones (Ball State), Kyle O’Quinn (Norfolk State), Miles Plumlee (Duke) and Jonathon Simons (Houston), worked out for the Pacers on Tuesday. Indianapolis Star
Indiana officials would like to work out guard Evan Fournier of France one more time so Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird can evaluate him. Bird missed Fournier’s first workout because of a personal matter. The Pacers have the 26th overall pick Racine Journal-Times (more…)
NBA teams are pushing for Samake to have the opportunity to participate in official games tomorrow and the big man has earned himself more than a few NBA workouts in the coming weeks. Workouts like this can be hit or miss, but they are one of the great aspects of the EUROCAMP, as players of all types get the chance to showcase themselves and make an impression on the army of key basketball people filling the gym. There are very few places in the world a player can just show up and potentially work himself onto the NBA radar screen in a matter of a few minutes, and the Eurocamp is one of them. DraftExpress.com
The Hornets would consider trading their No. 10 overall pick in the first round of the June 28 draft if the right deal comes along, but they are definitely not trading their No. 1 pick, league sources confirmed Monday night. New Orleans Times-Picayune (more…)
By J. Scott Huston
1. Anthony Davis, Kentucky, 6’ 10” 220-
How much more can anybody say about Anthony Davis? The level of talent he was able to display at Kentucky in one year was incredible. He is a consensus first overall pick and is being compared to the talents of LeBron, Tim Duncan, Dwight Howard, and Allen Iverson. He has more natural ability than anybody else in the collegiate level, but the real question will be if he can truly live up to the expectations that have been placed on him. Considering that he is just 19 years old, it will be interesting to how he responds to all the pressure. Now all he needs to do is get rid of that unibrow. (more…)
Alex Kennedy: The Boston Celtics will be holding a pre-draft workout in the next few days. They’re working out a bunch of big men, according to sources. Twitter
Here are the Safe Bets: Harrison Barnes, North Carolina, sophomore small forward (6-foot-8, 215 pounds): No one is predicting the next coming of Kevin Durant, but Barnes is seen by most as a high-level scorer whose skills should translate at the next level. He averaged 17.1 points last season, but left Tar Heels fans wanting more at the end as he shot just 32.8 percent in four NCAA tournament games. Still, executives are confident he’ll be a productive pro even though he’s not a great athlete and his dribble-drive game needs work. “Is he going to be an All-Star? I don’t know, but it’s not like he’s going to be a bust either,” a front-office source said. SI.com (more…)
“I see us being very active in all three areas — the draft, free agency and trades,” Carlisle said. “And it’s going to be a long summer because we’re going to be involved in everything. And so it’s one of the reasons I’m excited because I think there are going to be some terrific opportunities out there. We’ve got to get the team younger, we’ve got to get the team better.” ESPN.com
Damian Lillard wants to be on a Top 10 list and he isn’t thinking about the Late Show with David Letterman. “I think I can get drafted in the top 10,” Lillard says. “That’s my goal, that’s where I want to get drafted at and it’s possible, so I’m just going to do everything in my power to make it happen.” Standard-Examiner (more…)
The line starts behind Anthony Davis. There may be questions about the talent level at point guard in the 2012 NBA Draft. There may be concerns about the paucity of small forwards in the Draft. There will be, as ever, lamenting about the lack of true center prospects in the Draft. But there is no question who the first pick of the Draft will be — Davis, the freshman sensation from Kentucky who led the Wildcats to the NCAA national championship and whose defensive skills have every lottery team from 1 to 14 dreaming about the possibilities of putting Davis in the home white next season. He jump-starts every team’s rebuilding process and accelerates most to the point where making the playoffs becomes the expected outcome going forward. NBA.com (more…)
By C.E. Peterson
Player of the Year – Anthony Davis, Kentucky – The consensus player of the year, Davis did it all this year, and finally got Calipari the coveted national championship he wanted, for quite some time. His demeanor, presence, and motor were unmatched this year as Davis won nearly every imaginable trophy there is in college basketball. The best defensive player in the nation, Davis shot 64.2 pct from the field and is mature, beyond his years.