Based on the early returns of the 2013 NBA Draft, Darko Milicic would be a franchise player.
HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Poor Darko was 10 years too early.
The 2013 NBA Draft is just two days away- will any first round selection in 2013 blow up like several of the first round selections of the 1984 NBA Draft did?
HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: It generally takes a couple years for any draft to pan out, but at this point it seems unlikely.
21 years ago tonight, Shaquille O'Neal was the first overall selection in the 1992 NBA Draft.
HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Has there ever been a better #1 overall NBA Draft pick in history?
Indiana University's Cody Zeller and Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams both declared for the 2013 NBA Draft on Wednesday.
Hoopsvibe's quick call: Both college stars will not only get drafted early, but make an impact (eventually) in the NBA.
Some experts have called the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft the most deep in recent memory; but does that mean it will ever rank as one of the best in history? When the dust settles will the 2012 version be able to hang with the first rounds of 2003, 1996, 1985 or 1991?
HoopsVibe Very Quick Call- It generally takes a couple years for any draft to pan out. But who knows?
According to reports out of Chicago, the Bulls are dangling Luol Deng in front of teams prior to the draft to gauge his trade value.
HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: It's hard to imagine the Bulls without Deng, but when you consider he is slated to make $13.3 million dollars next season, it's definitely a possibility.
Back in June I wrote an article about everyone’s favorite collegiate gunner and three point threat Jimmer Fredette. At the time, everyone with internet access was filling up message boards talking about how “great” Jimmer would be, about his "can’t miss” skills and how they would immediately transfer to the hardwood of the NBA."
I remember the first time Jimmer Fredette came out of college. It was back in 2006. He was fresh off of becoming the highest scoring player in the history of the ACC. He wasn’t a great ball handler and the only way for him to make an impact in a game was by shooting; scoring was his most notable attribute, but other than that he was pretty limited and lacked the ability to create his own shot. He was a liability on defense, wasn’t a great passer and contributed almost nothing in the way of rebounding.
HoopsVibe`s Very Quick Call: Remember Blake Griffin?
Last year`s first overall pick in the NBA draft missed the entire season with an injured knee. However, Griffin is on the mend, and using some unconventional methods with his rehab.
In this video, the Clippers` future power forward works out with Jared the Subway dude and shares his thoughts with DimeTV on the upcoming season.
Check out the video and get at us with thoughts on Griffin`s future in the comment box below.
Another Western Conference exec uses the word “redundancy” to describe the Turner-Iguodala pairing, since both layers need the ball in their hands to be effective. “There’s not enough floor space for the two of them,” he says. The selection of Turner “might lead them to do commit to trading Iguodala,” he says. Now, that’s an idea.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Two years ago, the Philadelphia 76ers pulled in free agent Elton Brand with a max' deal and re-signed Andre Iguodala. This inside-outside duo was supposed to change the fortunes of the mediocre 76ers, helping this classic franchise consistently qualify for the playoffs.
Clearly, the plan has failed. And management is now looking to cut costs and clean house.
However, this will be easier said than done.
After all, Brand is unmovable because of his poor play, questionable health, and big ticket salary. New coach Doug Collins has no choice but to help the former 20-10 post rediscover his past form.
So the 76ers are considering drafting athletic swing Evan Turner and trading their current pogo-stick, three-man in Iguodala. Unfortunately, there isn’t much of a market for Iggy, either.
While Iguodala is a good player, he has four years and $55 million remaining on his contract. Few teams, if any, want such a massive financial commitment on their books, especially in a down economy and with the Collective Bargaining Agreement about to change.
Regardless of who they draft, the 76ers are likely stuck with Brand and Iguodala. These two will become Philadelphia fixtures like the Rocky statue and Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
Only the people of Philadelphia won't see them in quite the same light.
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Samuel Dalembert got his wish. The Philadelphia 76ers traded Dalembert to the Sacramento Kings on Thursday for Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes. Dalembert asked for a trade last year because he was unhappy with his role. Now, he got it.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: On the surface, this looks like two rebuilding teams exchanging spare parts.
After all, Samuel Dalembert - a decent big man, who often came late to practice and reportedly had a questionable attitude - wanted out of Philadelphia and he'll plug the middle in 2010-11 for Sacramento.
Dalembert's greatest attribute may be his contract: his $10 million per year salary comes off the books in July 2011, so the Kings will get some financial flexibility.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia gets deeper in the frontcourt. Nocioni is a blue-collar veteran; Hawes - a young and skilled seven-footer - has shown flashes, but also struggled with injuries.
However, Chad Ford of ESPN believes this deal will alter who the Kings and 76ers draft this June. With Nocioni in the mix, Ford argues that the 76ers will likely select Derrick Favors, while the Kings will now look to draft a small forward.
So the full implications of this deal won't really be felt until the draft on June 24th.
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