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NBA PM: Who’s Helping Their Draft Stock?
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Which Prospects Are Helping Their Draft Stock?
The 2013 NBA Draft is a little over 48 hours away and preparations for the event are being made. Most prospects have wrapped up their final workouts, teams have started to zero in on players and the NBA recently sent out their final green room invitations.
Now, all that’s left is for us to wait back and see what happens on Thursday. Which players will go higher than previously expected on draft night? Here are a few players who have helped their stock throughout the pre-draft process:
Sergey Karasev, Small Forward – Karasev’s approach to the pre-draft process has been unique, but it’s hard to argue with his results. Rather than traveling throughout the country and working out for a large number of teams, the 19-year-old small forward held one pro-day in Las Vegas and then returned to his hometown in Russia shortly after. At one point, rumor had it that the Cleveland Cavaliers had made Karasev a promise at No. 19, but now it’s hard to imagine him slipping that far. Even though teams haven’t seen much of Karasev, they’ve seen enough for him to climb draft boards recently. After being projected as a late-first rounder early in this process, he is now a potential lottery pick. He could go as high as No. 9 to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday evening, and the fact that the NBA extended a green room invitation to Karasev over prospects such as Shabazz Muhammad and Kelly Olynyk shows that NBA executives believe he won’t be available for very long on draft night.
Shane Larkin, Point Guard – Larkin has his supporters and doubters around the NBA. He’s certainly one of the most polarizing prospects in this year’s draft class, as some executives believe he’s a stud who can be a team’s long-term solution at point guard while others believe he’s a potential bust who is too small to make it in the league. Even though Larkin hasn’t been able to win everyone over, his excellent workouts, impressive interviews and jaw-dropping athletic testing results have turned enough heads that his floor seems to be the middle of the first round, with some saying he won’t get past the Boston Celtics at No. 16. When you record the second-highest max vertical jump (44 inches) in combine history and emerge as the quickest player in your class shortly after, it turns out that people stop worrying about your height and doubting that you’ll be able to successfully transition to the league. He could go as high as No. 14 to the Utah Jazz on draft night.
Giannis Adetokunbo, Small Forward – Executives look at Adetokunbo and fall in love with the player that he could become. In a relatively weak draft, some team is going to take a chance on the 18-year-old with a 6’9 frame, 7’3 wingspan, freakish athleticism and enormous hands. Adetokunbo is extremely raw, but he’s an intriguing project. After once being viewed an early second-round pick, he’s now expected to be picked in the middle of the first round, with some people in NBA circles predicting that he’ll go to the Atlanta Hawks at either No. 17 or No. 18. However, don’t be surprised if he goes higher. While in Italy for adidas’ Eurocamp, the gym cleared out several times when Adetokunbo was participating in a local tournament that was about 45 minutes away because teams wanted to get a look at him. He’s not someone who will make an immediate impact in the NBA, but he could become a significant contributor down the road.
Steven Adams, Center – Adams started to get some attention at the draft combine, when executives began predicting that he’d climb into the lottery and ultimately go higher than other center prospects such as Kelly Olynyk out of Gonzaga and Mason Plumlee out of Duke among others. It seems that Adams will do just that, climbing into the top 10 in some mock drafts and gaining more and more fans around the NBA. He’s a legit seven-footer and he’s not just skin and bones, weighing in at 255 lbs. He has done well in the workout setting too, which has only created more buzz around him. It helps that the 19-year-old Adams has more potential than many of the other center prospects in this draft, who are much older.
Isaiah Canaan, Point Guard – Initially, Canaan’s size (barely 6’0 and just 188 lbs.) dominated the discussion about him, but now teams are realizing that he could become a very good pro in the league. He has skills that are translatable to the NBA such as his consistent jump shot and impressive athleticism (his 40.5-inch vertical was the sixth-highest in this class). Players who matched up against Canaan during his stint at Murray State have raved about the point guard, identifying him as one of the best players in this draft regardless of where he’s projected. Now, it seems that NBA teams are starting to catch on. The mid-major star has a chance to go late in the first round, with contenders like the Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs realizing that he’s ready to contribute right away.
Lucas Nogueira, Center – Nogueira was on display for NBA teams at adidas’ Eurocamp in Italy, and most executives came away from the event saying that the 20-year-old center would be a first-round pick in this year’s draft. While Nogueira still has a lot of work to do, he has a lot of upside and the physical tools necessary to become a solid NBA player including his 7’0 frame, 7’6 wingspan and 9′ 6 standing reach. He must continue to develop and put weight onto his 220-pound frame, but teams were impressed with the improvement that they saw from Nogueira, who had tested the NBA draft waters two years ago but decided to withdraw his name and remain overseas. It was evident that his year in Spain’s ACB League had helped his development, and that he was continuing to grow as a prospect rather than regress. Nogueira’s work should pay off on Thursday, when he’s expected to be a first-round pick.
Colton Iverson, Center – Iverson has been performing very well throughout the pre-draft process and winning over teams. At 23 years old, he doesn’t have star potential like some of the other players on this list, but he’s someone who understands his role and he’s ready to help an NBA team right away. He has worked out for more than half of the league and fared well against some prospects who were initially rated ahead of him such as Jeff Withey out of Kansas and Mike Muscala out of Bucknell among others. He also received good news at the NBA draft combine in Chicago, when he measured in at a legitimate 7’0 after being listed at 6’10 during his time at Colorado State.
Tony Snell, Small Forward – If you take one look at Snell, it’s easy to see why executives are fascinated by the 21-year-old. He stands a little over 6’7, has a 6’11.5 wingspan and is an impressive athlete. He finished top five in three of the six athletic testing stations at the combine, and he has worked to improve the consistency of his jump shot. It’s not hard to imagine a team falling in love with Snell and making him a first-round pick on Thursday, especially amidst reports from Chad Ford of ESPN that have linked him to the Sacramento Kings at No. 7. While it’s unlikely that he jumps that high, he has been improving his stock in individual workouts and it’s looking like he’ll go much higher than previously expected when the pre-draft process got underway.
Tim Hardaway Jr., Shooting Guard – Some players are better in the workout environment than others, and Hardaway Jr. is one of those prospects who can use that setting to turn skeptics into believers. The 21-year-old shooting guard blew our draft experts away when they first watched him train in Chicago, saying that Hardaway Jr.’s workout was one of the best that they had ever seen in their years covering the draft. He was that good. Now, teams are getting the same look at the former Michigan star, and it’s no surprise that he has solidified himself as a late first round pick, with a chance to move into the middle of the first round. Hardaway Jr. was frustrating at times with the Wolverines, but his workouts have shown that he has all of the skills to be a very successful player in the NBA.
NBA Confirms Green Room List
The NBA has confirmed that 13 players have been invited to the 2013 NBA Draft’s Green Room. Those players include:
Steven Adams (Pittsburgh)
Anthony Bennett (UNLV)
Trey Burke (Michigan)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Georgia)
Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse)
Sergey Karasev (Russia)
Alex Len (Maryland)
C.J. McCollum (Lehigh)
Ben McLemore (Kansas)
Nerlens Noel (Kentucky)
Victor Oladipo (Indiana)
Otto Porter (Georgetown)
Cody Zeller (Indiana)
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World Peace Staying With Lakers
Metta World Peace has decided to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2013-14 season, playing out the final year of his contract worth $7.7 million rather than exercising his early termination option to become an unrestricted free agent, according to Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports.
The deadline for World Peace to make a decision was Tuesday, and the small forward had not indicated whether he would opt out or play out the final year of his current contract.
As Amick pointed out, World Peace saw his offensive production rise in his first year under Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni (from 7.7 points and 7.3 shots per game in 2011-12 to 12.4 points and 11 shots per game last season). Last year, he averaged 12.4 points and 5.0 rebounds in 75 games with L.A.
Now that World Peace has decided to play out the final year of his deal, the Lakers now have a decision to make. Will they decide to use their one-time amnesty clause on World Peace in order to give the team more flexibility
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