Theo Maledon

Outlook for the 2020 Draft Class: Picks 31-60

January 19, 2021 R. C. Harris 0

Taking a final look at the 2020 NBA Draft class, I examine the merit, value, fit, and the short-term and long-term outlook for the second-round selections and a couple of undrafted prospects who signed two-way contracts.  These particular rookies face difficult odds.  History tells us that the majority of players taken in the second round will not be in the league in five years from [ . . . ]

Precious Achiuwa

Outlook for the 2020 Draft Class: Picks 16-30

December 23, 2020 R. C. Harris 0

In our continuing series on the 2020 NBA Draft Class, I examine the merit, value, fit, and the short-term and long-term outlook of the selections 16-30.  Rookies face a steep climb this season.  The draft took place less than a month ago, and first-year players will be immediately be thrown into the fire.  This draft class will be asked to perform without the benefit of [ . . . ]

Payton Pritchard

Payton Pritchard Scouting Report

December 22, 2020 R. C. Harris 0

Pritchard may have been my favorite player to watch over the past two college seasons, but with all due respect, I must say that I was very surprised when the Celtics selected him in the first round.  At this spot in the draft, Theo Maledon and Malachi Flynn were available, and both were ranked significantly higher on the HP Draft Board.  Maledon offers better size [ . . . ]

Luka Doncic

2020-21 NBA Fearless Forecast

December 22, 2020 Brendan O'Sullivan 0

Feeling deflated by his ill-fated predictions over the years, Rich Harris invited Lee Branscome and myself to help with this year’s NBA Fearless Forecast.  To his credit, he did correctly pick last season’s Sixth Man of the Year and MVP, and he came close by saying that the Denver Nuggets would make the NBA Finals — horseshoes and hand grenades, as they say. Humor aside, [ . . . ]

Caris LeVert

2020-21 NBA Eastern Conference Preview

December 22, 2020 Lee Branscome 0

We didn’t have to wait very long. The 2020-21 NBA season tips off on Tuesday tonight, and here are my rankings for the teams in the Eastern Conference, from first to worst.  Stats from last season, key departures, key additions, and an outlook for each squad are included.  You can see how each team’s complete roster is shaping up by checking out Hoops Prospects’ NBA [ . . . ]

Aleksej Pokusevski Scouting Report

December 21, 2020 Dustin Barnes 0

The Thunder gave up a lot — Ricky Rubio and two 2020 first-round picks — to move up to the 17th spot in the draft and select Pokusevski, but it was a reasonable move given that he was the youngest prospect in the class and has so much upside.  A very skinny 7-foot power forward, Pokusevski won’t turn 19 until the day after Christmas.  In [ . . . ]