May 23, 2020, 9:32 pmLaMelo BallPG, International
The Knicks have LaMelo Ball as their top-rated point guard for the 2020 NBA Draft.
The Knicks have a need at point guard and Ball is considered the point guard with the highest upside in this draft. He had poor shooting numbers in his 12 games in the NBL this past season, shooting .250 from deep and .375 from the field. He is a gifted passer though and averaged 6.8 assists per game in 31.3 minutes, adding 17.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals. If Ball was drafted by the Knicks, he could help younger players RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson get easier looks. Ball will likely be given an opportunity to run the offense by the team that drafts him and he could put up big assists numbers. He also has an impressive steal rate in limited play in Australia, but his shooting percentages are a big concern.
May 22, 2020, 5:23 pmAlexey ShvedG, International
Spanish national basketball coach Sergio Scariolo feels that Alexey Shved will receive offers to return to the NBA this offseason.
Shved is currently playing in Russia where he is the focal point of Khimki, but the possibility remains that the 31-year-old may want to test himself against NBA competition before his body gets past its prime. For what it's worth, Scariolo predicted that Shved would stay in Russia where he is already comfortable.
May 13, 2020, 7:54 pmLaMelo BallPG, International
Shams Charania reported that the NCAA and NBA are "indefinitely postponing" the June 3 early entry withdrawal date for draft prospects.
This is a logical move with the uncertainty around the NBA's timeline. There is no decision on if and when the NBA season will continue, and even more uncertainty around the timeline for the NBA draft. It would be unfair to hold draft prospects to this date when there isn't enough information for them to make their decision. This isn't likely to impact lottery prospects, but could give more time for lower-tier prospects to decide they want to return to college next season.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
May 11, 2020, 8:11 pmKai SottoC, International
Shams Charania has reported that Kai Sotto, a 7-foot-2 center from the Philippines, will forego a stint in the NCAA and instead will join the G League's Southern California team.
Sotto is the latest prospect in a batch of youngsters who have opted to take a G-League route towards a potential gig in the NBA. Sotto joins talented players Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd and Daishen Nix in the developmental league. However, Sotto is the first big-named international prospect to jump into the G League as a staging area for the 2021 draft.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
April 28, 2020, 11:15 pmLaMelo BallPG, International
LaMelo Ball, a lock to land in the lottery and potentially the first overall selection in the 2020 NBA draft, has officially placed his name in the draft pool. Ball had been playing overseas for teams in multiple countries, with the most recent being in Australia for the Illawara Hawks of the NBL (a franchise he recently purchased).
LaMelo, a point guard, has long been known to be entering his name in this year's draft, the first one he is eligible for. His stock has skyrocketed over the last year and he currently projects as a top three selection on almost all draft boards. The NBA draft lottery has not yet occurred, so the exact order that NBA teams will be selecting in is not known. The Warriors currently have the worst record at 15-50, so their odds to land the top overall pick would be the greatest if the season is not resumed. The Cavs and T-Wolves also have fewer than 20 wins. Ball has physically grown quite a bit over the past couple years as well, currently sitting at 6-foot-7 and 180 pounds. The NBA draft lottery, currently scheduled for May 19th, will give us a better indication of where LaMelo will be playing next season.
Source: Larry Brown on Twitter
April 23, 2020, 5:51 pmKarim ManeG, International
According to Jonathan Givony of ESPN, Canadian prospect, Karim Mane, has entered his name into the 2020 draft but will not sign with an agent in order to retain his college eligibility.
Mane told ESPN "I sent in my paperwork, but I am keeping my options open as far as college. I am not planning on hiring an agent right now. I want to hear directly from teams. If I can get a guarantee I'll be drafted, I will probably need to think about staying in." Mane was able to shine in the FIBA U19 last summer as he averaged 11.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 24.1 minutes per game. The 19-year-old prospect will still have the option of withdrawing from the 2020 draft class if he doesn't get enough interest from teams.
April 19, 2020, 8:03 pmLeandro BolmaroF, International
Argentinian forward Leandro Bolmaro has inserted his name into the 2020 NBA draft pool.
The 19-year old spent the past two seasons playing for Barcelona in Spain, where he split his time between the main club and second club this past season. He's considered to be a solid scorer and playmaker who should be targeted towards the end of the first round. Bolmaro made solid strides as a shooter this past season and has the instincts to be a scrappy player one day. His strength is still lacking at this stage, and many teams are viewing him as a draft and stash option as a result. With that in mind, it is unlikely he is relevant for fantasy purposes unless you are in a deep dynasty format.
Source: NBC Sports
April 16, 2020, 1:44 pmJalen GreenSG, International
Jalen Green, the top high school prospect, has decided to partake in the NBA/G League professional pathway, per ESPN.
The pathway is a G League initiative that will "pay elite prospects $500,000-plus and provide a one-year development program outside of the minor league's traditional team structure." With this decision, Green, the potential top pick in the 2021 draft, has chosen to bypass the NCAA and international routes. Recently the college game has lost top prospects to the allure of professional basketball overseas, but this now provides players an additional route to the pros that's closer to home and may prove to be more financially lucrative as well. It's a fascinating idea for the league, as teams will be able to keep much closer tabs on top prospects while also knowing the quality of coaches and competition that recruits are facing. It's reported that the league hopes to fill Green's team with other top prospects and veterans, with opponents consisting of NBA Academy teams, foreign teams and potentially 10-12 games against G League teams that won't count in the standings. Ultimately the goal is to help Green and similar prospects assimilate to NBA life.
April 15, 2020, 5:20 pmYam MadarPG, International
Israeli point guard, Yam Madar, has entered his name in the 2020 NBA draft according to his agent.
Madar has been playing overseas for Hapoel Tel Aviv's youth squad since he started his career in 2018. The 19-year-old helped Israel win the 2019 U20 European championship as he lead the tournament in assists and was rewarded with a spot on the All-Tournament team. It is unclear whether he will get drafted or not at this point but is a name teams might consider in the second round depending on team need.
Source: Jonathan Givony on Twitter
April 5, 2020, 8:11 pmTheo MaledonPG, International
French point guard Theo Maledon has completed all of the required paperwork to make himself eligible to be selected in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Maledon is an up-and-coming prospect who will be only 18 years young on draft day. He was a contender to take home the Rising Star award based upon his play in the Euroleague this season before the action was cut short due to the coronavirus. He's been in the French system since he was 14 and is considered a pick just outside the NBA lottery on many draft boards. He was averaging 7.1 points and 2.3 assists in 17 minutes of action.
March 31, 2020, 8:44 pmJeremy LinPG, International
The Chinese government has stopped the CBA (Chinese Basketball Association) from resuming their season, nearly two months after halting their season due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19.
The CBA does not currently have a players' union, so these types of sweeping decisions can happen more quickly than in the United States, where the players are unionized. While this is not great news for basketball players and fans in China, it also has global ramifications for sports across the world looking for a timeline. Everyone is wondering when it will be safe to resume or begin athletic events. Executives are trying to handle the logistics of said decisions, which is much more of a slippery slope. It seems increasingly obvious that the NBA is nowhere near a return to action and currently the situation is still completely out of commissioner Adam Silver's hands.
Source: CBS Sports
March 27, 2020, 8:36 pmKillian HayesSG, International
Killian Hayes, a highly touted 18-year old point guard who has played three years professionally in France and Germany, has declared for the 2020 NBA draft after submitting the paperwork to the NBA league office.
Measuring in at 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, Hayes has been on scouts' radars for quite some time after riding some very impressive YouTube highlight videos to prospect relevancy. In his most recent season, with ratiopharm Ulm in Germany, Hayes averaged 12.8 PTS, 6.2 AST, 2.3 REB and 1.5 STL while seeing his NBA draft stock rise as a result. He is a very talented shooter and it is seemingly more and more likely that Hayes will see his name called in the lottery when draft night arrives.
October 6, 2019, 10:01 pmDonatas MotiejunasPF, International
Donatas Motiejunas did it all for the Shanghai Sharks against the Clippers on Sunday, as he delivered 29 points, 13 rebounds, four steals and two blocks.
Motiejunas also registered 10 turnovers and shot 9-of-24 from the field overall. He clearly took advantage of all 42 of his minutes against NBA competition. Motiejunas will be sticking in China this year.
September 26, 2019, 12:17 pmTy LawsonPG, International
Ty Lawson signed with Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association on Thursday.
Lawson, who turns 32 this year, will spend another season in China. There is a chance that Lawsons' NBA career could be over.
Source: Emilano Charania on Twitter
September 12, 2019, 1:13 pmMalcolm DelaneyPG, International
Malcolm Delaney signed a deal with FC Barcelona on Thursday.
The 30-year old PG previously had workouts with the Knicks and Warriors in the last few weeks, but nothing materialized. At this stage of his career, he is running out of time to surface back up on an NBA team.
Source: FC Barcelona