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 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
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
June 15, 2018, 6:16 pmLaMelo Ball, College
ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported that the NBA released a memo stating that “eligibility rules” for the draft may change as early as 2021 as the league studies issues “related to player development and the corruption investigation in college basketball.”
While Lowe noted that the memo didn’t mention one-and-done rule by name, its intended purpose was to alert teams that the league and the players union might “scrap the one-and-done before the expiration of the current collective bargaining deal in 2024 — and perhaps well before then, sources say.” Lowe went on to speculate that the if such a decision were to be made, it could create an extremely loaded draft class in its first year as both college freshman and high school seniors would be eligible to participate in the draft. Considering the recent scandals the NCAA has had regarding improper payments to recruits, there is a very strong possibility the league and the players union agree to scrap the one-and-done rule as early as 2021 or 2022. The NBA last permitted players to be drafted directly out of high school in 2005; Gerald Green, C.J. Miles and Amir Johnson are the remaining high school players from that draft to still be active in the league.