Giovedi, 23 Novembre, 2017

NBA PM: Pivotal Moment for the Phoenix Suns

Frank Ntilikina who is expected to be selected early in the 2017 NBA Draft dribble during a game Frank Ntilikina who is expected to be selected early in the 2017 NBA Draft dribble during a game
Pammachio Corsino | 21 Giugno, 2017, 08:43

While the Los Angeles Lakers may select Ball with the second pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, it appears the Phoenix Suns are willing to take a chance on the talented point guard.

Players working out for the Lakers get an experience they might only otherwise get with the Michael Jordan-owned Charlotte Bobcats or with the Indiana Pacers before Larry Bird stepped down as president last month.

He wasn't considered a lottery pick early in the college season, but he came on in January and now could be taken in the top 10.

"I got a picture", said a beaming Josh Hart, a point guard from Villanova.

There's a quartet of touted one-and-done college players along with an 18-year-old global prospect with size and athleticism. However, he has also never been as accessible as he is now - at least to the world's top young basketball players. It hurt. It hurt that there were players that didn't see what a great opportunity it would be to play for a premiere sports team in the best market with the best fans in a top three building in the league.


The Celtics could be gearing up for more moves. According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, the Lakers are still discussing the pick and have not made any guarantees to Ball. "I think at this point, there's one player we feel won't be there for sure at four and we're prepared for just about every other scenario".

CONCERNS: He is considered a longer-range project that some of the American point guards in the draft, in part because of the level of competition he has played against and questions about his offensive game. Do they trade their late first round picks to try and move up or do they do as Fran mentioned and stock up on players who have the potential of being great in the future? Brandon Ingram will likely step into the starting lineup at the small forward spot with Julius Randle and Timofey Mozgov (if not traded this summer) occupying the other forward positions. "He could turn a team around with a Jason Kidd-type of effect".

"Jonathan Isaac would be in that group if he was a little more developed and stronger", one executive said about Isaac, who weighs 205 pounds. Jackson would excel in an up-tempo attack led by Bledsoe with prolific scorer Devin Booker shooting from the outside and Jackson cutting and attacking the rim. Each team could have a radically different draft board, causing chaos with each name read by Adam Silver. Monk doesn't have the dimensions of the prototypical National Basketball Association shooting guard - he's 6-3, 200 pounds - but he can score in a variety of ways.

Smith spent a season at North Carolina State filled with big stats and few wins. Additionally, he is inconsistent on defense and either has an unwillingness or inability, so far, to get to the rim the way most people would expect.

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