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 [ . . . ]

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 [ . . . ]

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 [ . . . ]

LaMelo Ball

LaMelo Ball Scouting Report

December 14, 2020 Lee Branscome 0

Charlotte is starved for star-power, and with the third overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, the team landed a prospect that has a shot at true stardom. LaMelo Ball was the most recognizable name in the entire draft class, without a shadow of a doubt. He achieved his pop-culture stardom with his family and the Big Baller Brand. He never played in the NCAA. [ . . . ]

Zeke Nnaji

Zeke Nnaji Scouting Report

November 18, 2020 Clayton Conover 0

The University of Arizona has consistently found ways to attract elite talents from around the nation. One of Sean Miller’s latest acquisitions was a former Minnesota Player of the Year and now reigning Pac-12 Rookie of the Year, Zeke Nnaji. Nnaji had the prestige of a top-40 talent in the nation; however, he played at Arizona with the tenacity of a walk-on. During his time [ . . . ]