May 19, 2013 |
CHICAGO - There's a thought that Indiana post player Cody Zeller would have gone in the top five of last year's NBA draft. Maybe the 7-footer will still end up as a lottery pick in next month's draft. But choosing to remain in Bloomington for one more year has affected his draft stock. That could entice the 76ers, who will likely have the 11th pick, into drafting him. At least that's what ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford believes. Ford predicts in his mock draft that the franchise, in desperate need of a big man, will select the 230-pounder.
April 17, 2013 |
TWO LIKELY lottery picks announced they will give up their college eligibility and enter the NBA draft. Kentucky freshman forward Nerlens Noel and Georgetown sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. declared their intentions on Monday. The 6-10 Noel is projected by some to be the likely top pick despite sustaining a season-ending torn ACL on Feb. 12. He led the nation with 4.4 blocks per game, and averaged 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds. Noel also had 50 steals for Kentucky (21-12)
April 15, 2013
Trey Burke , the Associated Press men's player of the year, is leaving Michigan early for the NBA draft. Burke led Michigan to the NCAA title game as a sophomore. The 6-foot point guard averaged 18.6 points and 6.7 assists per game this season. He made perhaps the most memorable shot of the NCAA tournament, a long three-pointer in the final seconds against Kansas that sent the regional semifinal to overtime. Connecticut's latest victory parade had a French Quarter feel to it. About 10,000 fans lined Hartford's Bushnell Park on a cold and windy Sunday afternoon to cheer the national champion UConn women as they passed by on the top of a double-decker bus, tossing Mardi Gras beads to the crowd.
March 10, 2013 |
PHOENIX - It took less than 5 seconds after the Phoenix Suns' practice ended before Markieff Morris was approached by a media member and had to say the five words he has repeated all his life. "I'm not Marcus," he said, shaking his head. "Try again. " But there wasn't a hint of anger, or even annoyance, in his response. The mistake was honest, and the reason was awesome - because "The Twins" are back together once more. Fraternal twins, close friends and basketball teammates from grade school to Prep Charter to Kansas University, Philadelphia's Marcus and Markieff Morris were forced by the 2011 NBA draft to do what no one had done to them before - separate.
December 9, 2012
Sixers coach Collins knows adversity The Sixers were a wretched 9-73 in 1973, which earned them the very first pick in the NBA draft. On merit. They wound up with Doug Collins. But first they tried to swap him to Chicago. The deal unraveled because of X-rays. Not Doug's. Somebody else's. That was 40 years ago. Collins tells the melancholy story as only he can, names, places, numbers, all recalled with painful accuracy. He lived it, he learned from it, it shaped his core beliefs.
November 29, 2012 |
KWAME BROWN was taken with the first overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft with the anticipation and hope that the 6-11, multitalented center could help make the Washington Wizards a prominent member of the Eastern Conference. This edition of Kwame Brown, now 30 years old and with 11 NBA seasons tucked under his various uniforms, isn't the one that brought out fierce emotions with Wizards owner/teammate Michael Jordan. The Brown that the 76ers and coach Doug Collins brought in this summer is one the organization wants to be a premier interior defender, perhaps score some points down low and provide a much-needed physical presence in the paint.
November 29, 2012 |
A few years ago, Kwame Brown let go of all the pressure that went along with being the top pick in the NBA draft and never living up to expectations. It has worked out quite well for the burliest member of the 76ers. "You don't survive 12 years thinking about that," said Brown, who in 2001 became the first high-school player ever selected with the first pick in the draft. "I realized that I had outlived guys that were high picks. There were 50th picks that came in that were just solid.
October 31, 2012
Lavoy Allen 6-foot-9, 255, F-C, Temple, second NBA season, age 23. Allen came on strong late in his rookie season and averaged 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds in 19.7 minutes during the postseason. He might be the strongest player on the team and can keep defenses honest with a solid medium-range game. Allen is expected to start at center while Andrew Bynum recovers from knee problems. Kwame Brown 6-11, 290, C, Glynn Academy (H.S.), 12th NBA season, age 30. Injuries limited Brown to nine games with Golden State, but he figures to get backup minutes at center.
October 30, 2012 |
C. J. MCCOLLUM already was getting notice in the Patriot League and the Lehigh Valley. Now he is getting national attention. The Lehigh guard was named to the Associated Press' preseason All-America team announced Monday. McCollum grabbed headlines last season in earning Patriot League Player of the Year honors and plenty of attention from NBA scouts. The 6-3 McCollum averaged 21.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists last season, leading the Mountain Hawks in all three categories.