HoopsHype Draft rumors

October 22, 2014 Updates

Lottery reform, as reported by multiple media outlets, is likely to pass with at least the 23 (of 30) votes needed. The changes essentially will broaden the lottery’s sweet spot, giving more teams a better shot at landing the No. 1 pick and therefore, presumably, discouraging teams that might be inclined to “tank” their way to a rebuilding strategy. NBA.com

October 21, 2014 Updates

That would be Parker, the No. 2 pick in last year’s draft and the odds-on favorite for the Rookie of the Year award. “There are a lot of good young players coming in, but I think he is the best I’ve seen,” one scout told Sporting News. “He has a comfort level out there that is just really, really natural. Other guys, you can see that they’re trying to figure out how to fit in. But he seems to know he belongs out there and that allows him to just go and let his talent speak for itself.” Sporting News

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Karl Anthony-Towns is Kentucky’s best NBA prospect by far and Andrew and Aaron Harrison look like borderline first-round draft picks, one veteran NBA scout who was at Kentucky’s combine over the weekend told SNY.tv. “Karl Towns is their best prospect and it’s not close, it’s not close,” said the scout, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he’s not permitted to comment on draft prospects. “He’s only going to get better. Outside of [Duke's Jahlil] Okafor, those are probably the two best big offensive players in college. He’s that good. At 6-11, 7 feet tall, he’s got a lot of offensive talent, he really does. He can score from the perimeter and he can score down on the block. He can do both. He’s very talented, very talented.” ZagsBlog.com

October 14, 2014 Updates

Karl Anthony-Towns is Kentucky’s best NBA prospect by far and Andrew and Aaron Harrison look like borderline first-round draft picks, one veteran NBA scout who was at Kentucky’s combine over the weekend told SNY.tv. “Karl Towns is their best prospect and it’s not close, it’s not close,” said the scout, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he’s not permitted to comment on draft prospects. ZagsBlog.com

“He’s only going to get better. Outside of [Duke's Jahlil] Okafor, those are probably the two best big offensive players in college. He’s that good. At 6-11, 7 feet tall, he’s got a lot of offensive talent, he really does. He can score from the perimeter and he can score down on the block. He can do both. He’s very talented, very talented.” ZagsBlog.com

Philly will sniff out Michael Carter-Williams deals. They tried hard during the draft, but they couldn’t draw the trove they envisioned or guarantee that the player they wanted with an acquired pick would be there, per several league sources. Expect Philly to repeat the exercise. It’s not a shot at Carter-Williams, or even a signal that the Sixers are dying to trade him. He may well end up a long-term cog in Philly. The team knows point guard is the most replaceable position in the league today, and it will seek out any deal that adds to its stockpile of high-value draft picks. Grantland

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Friday at Richard Stockton College, the site of the team's training camp, managing owner Josh Harris told the media the Sixers plan to do what's best for them, though they also want to be “good citizens.” “It's a change that flattens the lottery system,” Harris said. “It would be a little bit worse for Philadelphia in the short run but long run, since we expect to be a consistent playoff or deep-caliber-playoff team, it's actually better for us. “We're certainly in that dialogue. There's 30 people and a league that have a lot of thoughts, so we're trying to build a consensus. My sense is whatever change gets made, it will be an incremental change — it won't change our strategy one way or the other. I generally feel like, when I watch the league in action in these situations, they do a very good job.” The Intelligencer

Hinkie offered few thoughts on lottery reform during Tuesday's media day at the Wells Fargo Center. “We are cognizant of being a good member of the league, but at the same time balancing that with what's the right thing for Philly and the Philadelphia 76ers,” he said. “We're trying to draw that line the best we can. We're going to try very hard to win every game and I hope we win a lot more than we did last year, but we're focused on long-run goals.” The Intelligencer

October 3, 2014 Updates

After considering a proposal from its competition committee, the NBA will bring back 5-on-5 competition for next year's draft combine, league sources told ESPN.com. General managers and scouts have been complaining for years that the lack of competition between prospects at the annual draft showcase lessens the scouting value of the combine. Since 2009, the NBA has had the 60 or so prospects invited to the combine run through various shooting and ballhandling drills with some minor simulated 3-on-2 action. ESPN.com

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