Thursday , May , 29 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

More NBA Draft Updates

Here are more NBA draft updates that are being talked about at the moment.
– The 11 players projected to be guaranteed lottery picks in this year’s draft are: D.J. Augustin, Jerryd Bayless, Kevin Love, Michael Beasley, Eric Gordon, Brook Lopez, Anthony Randolph, Derrick Rose, O.J. Mayo, Danilo Gallinari, DeAndre Jordan.
– One prospect who is on the rise impressing many NBA personnel members is point guard Lester Hudson. He is very athletic, has great shooting abilities, and is a very good creative scorer.
– Many scouts feel the biggest draft sleeper from college is Jason Thompson, who is projected to be picked between 16 and 30. Scouts feel the biggest international sleeper is Omri Casspi, who is projected as a late first-round or early second-round selection.
– Many have specualted, including myself, that Mike D’Antoni had serious interest in Danilo Gallinari, because he fits well in D’Antoni’s system, and the fact that D’Antoni and Danilo’s dad played together meant he knew what Danilo was capable of. But a person in the Suns organization said when D’Antoni watched tape of Danilo play, he wasn’t impressed and is not sure if he has what it takes to be an effective NBA player.
– Steve Kerr and the Suns are very interested in 3 players: Brandon Rush, JaVale McGee, and D.J. Augustin. They said they will bring in 20 players to workout, but those 3 are the front-runners.
– Tiago Splitter, who was the San Antonio Spurs’ first-round pick in last year’s draft, won’t be joining the Spurs anytime soon. He wants to re-sign with ACB powerhouse Tau Ceramica.
– Sources say the Houston Rockets are interested in 7’2” Sudanese Center John Riek, who is fresh out of prep school. They feel he could be mentored by Dikembe Mutombo and eventually take his spot to back up Yao Ming.
As always, check back with us to find out the latest NBA draft info.