By Matt Wyatt Published 10:59 pm CDT, Thursday, June 20, 2019 NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 20: (L-R) NBA Draft prospects Kevin Porter Jr., Nicolas Claxton, Sekou Doumbouya, Goga Bitazde, Keldon Johnson, Nassir Little, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Rui Hachimuri, Jarrett Culver, Cam Reddish, Coby White, Zion Williamson, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Ja Morant, De'Andre Hunter, Darius Garland, Brandon Clarke, Romeo Langford, Jaxson Hayes, Tyler Herro, Bol Bol, PJ Washington, Matisse Thybulle and Mfiondu Kabengele stand on stage with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver before the start of the 2019 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 20, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) less NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 20: (L-R) NBA Draft prospects Kevin Porter Jr., … [Read more...] about NBA Draft transforms into fashion show
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NEW YORK -- Teenage star Zion Williamson is set to be chosen with the top pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday as the New Orleans Pelicans launch their quest to build a team of championship contenders. Williamson, who turns 19 on July 6, is the overwhelming favourite to be chosen with the number one selection after a dazzling season in college basketball with Duke University. The 6 ft 7in (2.01m) teenager, who weighs in at 285 pounds (129kg), is regarded by many experts as the sort of once in a generation talent capable of reaching the pinnacle of the NBA. READ: Horford now expected to leave Celtics in free agency Williamson, who averaged averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game for Duke before declaring for the draft in April, offers a rare mix of imposing size and explosive athleticism. "There are some things he obviously needs to work on, but at 6-7, 285, people ask who does he remind me of? Nobody," said NBA TV analyst Steve Smith. "There is not anyone I've seen … [Read more...] about Pelicans eye Williamson, future in NBA Draft
Chris Solari Detroit Free Press Published 6:03 AM EDT Apr 7, 2019 MINNEAPOLIS — Through the grief came frustration about what could have been done differently. Then came the reality: Michigan State basketball’s season is finished, and decisions about the future need to be made by a few Spartans. Return to MSU and chase for another Final Four and national title or test the pro process and pursue their dreams of playing in the NBA? Juniors Cassius Winston and Nick Ward remained unsure, as is freshman Aaron Henry, after the Spartans’ 61-51 loss Saturday to Texas Tech in the national semifinal at U.S. Bank Stadium. “I'm just enjoying this right now, enjoying my teammates. I'll sit down and have that conversation when it's time,” said Winston, who had 16 points Saturday, but made just 4 of 16 shots and had two assists. “I have no clue how none of that works. I'm enjoying here, I love being a Spartan, so I'm just enjoying this.” … [Read more...] about Michigan State players face decision: Chase NCAA title or test NBA?
John Niyo The Detroit News Published 8:55 PM EDT Apr 4, 2019 Minneapolis — Cassius Winston didn’t really expect this from Cassius Winston, so no one else should feel too bad if they didn’t, either. First-team All-American? “Nah,” he says with a laugh, “I didn’t picture it like this.” But as the injuries started piling up for Michigan State’s basketball team this winter, and the responsibilities grew for the junior point guard, so did his stature. His vantage point changed, too. “Opportunities just kept knocking, doors kept opening, and I said I was gonna take advantage of all of them,” Winston said Thursday from the Final Four, where he and the rest of the Spartans will try to win their first national championship since 1999. But what if he does? What if Winston seizes this latest opportunity, kicks down the door and takes home another trophy as the best player on the best team in college basketball? In some ways, … [Read more...] about Niyo: Cassius Winston’s NBA Draft stock has been undervalued
By Tom Keegan | [email protected] | Boston HeraldPUBLISHED: March 7, 2019 at 7:07 pm | UPDATED: March 8, 2019 at 6:13 am Halfhearted efforts to end the practice of tanking to improve NBA draft position have not worked. They never will. Consequently, you practically can’t channel surf without stumbling upon a panel discussing whether the Lakers, their playoff hopes fading fast, should tank to give themselves a better shot at landing either No. 1 pick Zion Williamson or at least a top-four pick. Think about that: A reasonable discussion about whether it would be in a team’s best interest to invent an injury for the best basketball player on the planet, and nobody is shocked to say it, hear it, contemplate it. That’s all you need to know to realize how badly the NBA is broken. Anthony Davis, by far the Pelicans’ best, most entertaining player, has not played more than 21 minutes in any of the team’s past 10 games, and nobody’s … [Read more...] about A road map to eliminating tanking in the NBA