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 [ . . . ]

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 [ . . . ]

Isaac Okoro

Outlook for the 2020 Draft Class: Picks 1-15

December 19, 2020 R. C. Harris 0

The draft took place less than a month ago, and this season’s rookies will be immediately thrown into the fire.  This draft class will be asked to perform without the benefit of Summer League play, an orientation period, and training time in the gym and weight room.  To make matters worse, training camp will last just a couple of weeks and feature only a few [ . . . ]

Jalen Smith

Jalen Smith Scouting Report

December 18, 2020 R. C. Harris 0

The trade to acquire Chris Paul gives Phoenix an impressive starting lineup, and the only player sent to Oklahoma City who provided major contributions to their undefeated run in the “Bubble” was Ricky Rubio. Going into the draft, the Suns appeared weakest at power forward; specifically, they had a need for a player who could bolster the club’s interior defense. Following the draft, the club [ . . . ]