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NBA Draft: Spotty recent history with 19th pick


NBA Draft: Spotty recent history with 19th pick

Stating the obvious, no two NBA Drafts are exactly the same. 

Not every edition has a franchise-changing player like LeBron James nor goes five-deep with possible No. 1 overall selections. Some versions run deep with "upside" prospects while in other seasons some players are drafted in round one simply because the league demands 30 picks take place.

Fans that grew frustrated and perhaps still are with Otto Porter' perceived lack of potential in part because they see "third overall pick" and immediately compare him with Michael Jordan and Carmelo Anthony. The thing is those two were obvious rock stars from the start, worthy of going one. Porter was part of a rare draft in which the top 10 or picks could have gone in almost any order because of general uncertainty with the class.

This leads to a look at the recent history with the 19th overall selection, the one the Washington Wizards own in 2015.

2014 - Gary Harris. Initially considered a mid-lottery picked, the former Michigan State star slipped. Averaged 3.4 points and 13.1 minutes over 55 games with the Nuggets. Work in progress.

2013 - Sergey Karasev. Drafted by the Cavaliers, then shipped to the Nets in part of a three-way deal designed to open cap space for Cleveland ahead of signing James. The Russian forward had surgery for a torn MCL and dislocated knee cap. Has played only 55 games in two seasons

2012 - Andrew Nicholson. Victim of Orlando's young frontcourt depth? Scoring numbers for the promising prospect out of St. Bonaventure have gone down three straight seasons: 7.8, 5.7, 4.9. Only played 40 games last season. Probably needs a new home to have true shot.

2011 - Tobias Harris. Rising star comes with some concerns who is about to get paid in free agency. Set career-highs with 17.1 points and 36.4 shooting percentage on 3-pointers. Also played a personal-best 68 games. The Magic are likely to match any offer, but might blanche if another teams offers dollars that put Harris in the "franchise" player category.

2010 - Avery Bradley. Finding a niche as a dual threat. Averaged 13.9 points last season. Plays bigger than 6-foot-2, especially on defense. Solid rotational player.

2009 - Jeff Teague. Best in show on this list. Though overlooked in discussions in the list of the league's top point guards, he made the All-Star game for the first time in 2015. 

2008 - J.J. Hickson. One of those players talented enough to remain in rotations yet frustrating enough to wonder why. Played with four teams in seven seasons. Averaged a double-double in 80 games with the Trail Blazers during the 2012-13 campaign.

2007 - Javaris Crittenton. Played 113 games for three teams over two seasons, including the infamous 2008-09 campaign with the Wizards. The other central figure along with Gilbert Arenas in the firearms-in-locker-room incident that essentially blew up the franchise at the time. Last month, Crittendon, 27, was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

2006 - Quincy Douby. Wing guard averaged 4.1 points in three seasons. 

2005 - Hakim Warrick. Lengthy, athletic forward stuck around for eight seasons. Averaged at least 11.0 points in seasons 2-4, all with the Grizzlies. 

Intriguing talent exists this season between picks 13-25 and possibly into the early second round whether teams needs power forwards (Arkansas' Bobby Portis), point guards (Notre Dame's Jerian Grant), wing threats (Georgia State's R.J. Hunter) or interior muscle (Louisville's Montezl Harrell). With so many young players in play, don't assume most big boards line up across the league. That's part of the intrigue and the challenge. 

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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

The NBA officially announced a list of 20 players invited to the Green Room at the 2018 NBA Draft. Provided that all attend, here's a list of who'll be there.

  • Miles Bridges, Michigan State
  • Mikal Bridges, Villanova
  • Marvin Bagley III, Duke
  • Mohamed Bamba, Texas
  • Collin Sexton, Alabama
  • Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State
  • Lonnie Walker IV, Miami
  • Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova
  • Zhaire Smith, Texas Tech
  • Aaron Holiday, UCLA
  • Deandre Ayton, Arizona
  • Wendell Carter Jr., Duke
  • Luka Doncic, Slovenia
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky
  • Kevin Knox, Kentucky
  • Michael Porter Jr., Missouri
  • Robert Williams, Texas A&M
  • Trae Young, Oklahoma
  • Chandler Hutchison, Boise State
  • Jerome Robinson, Boston College

There are two players each invited from Villanova, Michigan State, Duke and Kentucky.

The 2018 NBA Draft will be Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be broadcast on ESPN and streamed live on WatchESPN. The Wizards have Nos. 15 and 44 picks.


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The 2018 NBA Doomsday Mock Draft: A comical look at every team's worst-case scenario


The 2018 NBA Doomsday Mock Draft: A comical look at every team's worst-case scenario

The 2018 NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, June 21 and once again provides a glimmer of hope for even the most downtrodden franchises.

The NBA Draft is where teams can prepare for the future; where teams can rebuild and reload.

But the NBA Draft is often a crapshoot. Teams waffle on taking the best fit versus the best available player. Teams often panic and rest on laurels of draft years past. Fans like to build draft stereotypes for individual franchises, and while a lot of that is stupid Internet conjecture, it's fun to talk about and is often some actual truth to it.

So what follows is a look at the Doomsday Mock Draft. What your favorite team is likely to do if all else fails, which it often does.

1. Phoenix Suns: A franchise center who spends his first contract working with the Suns' medical staff more than his teammates.

2. Sacramento Kings: Someone who won't be a member of the Kings by the time 2022 rolls around.

3. Atlanta Hawks: Someone that will make Dennis Schroder unhappy.

4. Memphis Grizzlies: A Mike Conley Jr. repair kit.

5. Dallas Mavericks: Not the heir apparent to Dirk Nowitzki.

6. Orlando Magic: A reach that won't pan out.

7. Chicago Bulls: Someone from Iowa State, probably.


9. New York Knicks: /inserts .GIF of Spike Lee looking disappointed/

10. Philadelphia 76ers: Another big man because HINKIE 4 LYFE.

11. Charlotte Hornets: A North Carolina Tar Heel.

12. Los Angeles Clippers: A playmate for the head coach's son.

13. Los Angeles Clippers: DeAndre Jordan 2.0.

14. Denver Nuggets: Yet another athletic guard.

15. Washington Wizards: Nope. Not touching this one.

16. Phoenix Suns: Someone to pass Devon Booker the ball.

17. Milwaukee Bucks: Wingspan. Nothing but wingspan.

18. San Antonio Spurs: One of the Space Jam villains who conveniently falls to the Spurs (See: Leonard, Kawhi. Anderson, Kyle. Murray, Dejounte)

19. Atlanta Hawks: Someone to replace Dennis Schroder.

20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Someone who Tom Thibideau can play 60 minutes of a 48-minute game.

21. Utah Jazz: A real glue guy. A gym rat. A high-motor guy. Intangibles. Grit. Moxie. 

22. Chicago Bulls: A two-way player who will ultimately get punched in the face by Bobby Portis.



25. Los Angeles Lakers: The subject of Lonzo Ball's next diss track.

26. Philadelphia 76ers: A pallet of knockoff burner phones.

27. Boston Celtics: A draft night trade for more draft picks they probably won't use.

28. Golden State Warriors: An unfairly good player.

29. Brooklyn Nets: An unfairly bad player.

30. Atlanta Hawks: We ran out of Dennis Schroder jokes.