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2017 NBA Mock Draft

By Zach Malamud

In what could be one of the strongest draft classes in NBA history, the night is finally here for the 2017 NBA Draft. With that in mind, here’s a look at my first round mock draft:

1 Philadelphia Markelle Fultz PG Washington
2 LA Lakers Lonzo Ball PG UCLA
3 Boston Malik Monk SG Kentucky
4 Phoenix Josh Jackson SF Kansas
5 Sacramento De’aaron Fox PG Kentucky
6 Orlando Jonathon Isaac SF/PF Florida St
7 Minnesota Lauri Markkanen PF Arizona
8 New York Dennis Smith PG North Carolina St
9 Dallas Frank Ntilikina PG France
10 Sacramento Zach Collins PF/C Gonzaga
11 Charlotte Jayson Tatum SF Duke
12 Detroit Luke Kennard SG Duke
13 Denver OG Anunoby PF Indiana
14 Miami Donovan Mitchell SG Louisville
15 Portland John Collins PF Wake Forest
16 Chicago Bam Adebayo C Kentucky
17 Milwaukee Justin Patton C Creighton
18 Indiana Jarrett Allen C Texas
19 Atlanta TJ Leaf PF UCLA
20 Portland Harry Giles C Duke
21 Oklahoma City Tyler Lydon SF/PF Syracuse
22 Brooklyn Semi Ojeleye SF/PF SMU
23 Toronto DJ Wilson PF Michigan
24 Utah Anzejs Pasecniks C Latvia
25 Orlando Ike Anigbogu C UCLA
26 Portland Derrick White PG/SG Colorado
27 LA Lakers Caleb Swanigan PF/C Purdue
28 LA Lakers Terrance Ferguson SG/SF Australia
29 San Antonio Kyle Kuzma PF Utah
30 Utah Tony Bradley C UNC

 


Zach Malamud is a contributing writer for Dabuzzza. He is a radio host of The Plainview Blitz on WPOB 88.5 FM. He loves soccer and basketball and finds himself watching Manchester City on a regular basis. His favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Kevin De Bruyne. You can follow him on twitter at @Zachmalnyy

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2014-15 NBA Predictions

As you know, the NBA season began last night. However, we decided to release our predictions today marking our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY. Thanks for your continued support over the last year and thank you in advance for your support in our second year! Feel free to comment with your own opinions, as these are simply ours. Without further ado, we present our 2014- 2015 NBA Season Predictions:

EAST
Place Sam Breiter Brett Malamud
1 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers
2 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls
3 Toronto Raptors Washington Wizards
4 Indiana Pacers Toronto Raptors
5 Washington Wizards Miami Heat
6 New York Knicks New York Knicks
7 Brooklyn Nets Charlotte Hornets
8 Charlotte Hornets Brooklyn Nets
Bubble Team (9th) Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks
ECF Cleveland Cavaliers vs New York Knicks Cleveland Cavaliers vs Chicago Bulls
West
Place Sam Breiter Brett Malamud
1 L.A. Clippers San Antonio Spurs
2 San Antonio Spurs Oklahoma City Thunder
3 Dallas Mavericks Golden State Warriors
4 Oklahoma City Thunder  L.A.Clippers
5 Houston Rockets Portland Trail Blazers
6 Portland Trail Blazers Houston Rockets
7 Phoenix Suns Dallas Mavericks
8 L.A. Lakers Phoenix Suns
Bubble Team (9th) New Orleans Pelicans Minnesota Timberwolves
WCF L.A. Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs
Champion and Awards
Sam Breiter Brett Malamud
FINALS Cleveland Cavaliers vs LA Clippers Cleveland Cavaliers vs. San Antonio Spurs
Champion Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers
Defensive POY Dwight Howard Joakim Noah
Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins Andrew Wiggins
Coach of the Year Doc Rivers Gregg Popovich
Most Improved Tim Hardaway Jr. Anthony Bennett
MVP Blake Griffin LeBron James
Sixth Man of the Year Isaiah Thomas Jamal Crawford

The Three Major Questions Heading Into Tonight’s NBA Draft Plus Mock Draft 2014

By Nick Guy

  1. What will Cleveland do?

The choices seem to be down to three: Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins or Trade out. While nobody would ever imagine trading out of the first pick in a draft where there are such high ceiling players, we ARE talking about the Cavs. One rumor has the Orlando Magic offering the 4th and 12th picks plus scoring forward Aron Afflalo. If Cleveland is truly in love with Joel Embiid this might make some sense as they could try to add Embiid with the 4th pick and add a second lottery pick and a good player in return. On the other hand if Embiid’s injury problems are chronic and Wiggins or Parker turn out to be…well you know the rest. As for Parker, there are rumors swirling that he wants no part of Cleveland and would be much happier in Milwaukee. If I am the Cavs I would not listen to anyone or anything and just take the best player, pair him with Kyrie Irving and move on. In my eyes that would be Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins has the most upside of anyone in the draft and will be a future star in the league.

 

  1. Where will Joel Embiid land?

Is Embiid’s injury bad timing or good timing? Depends who you ask. I would say bad timing for Joel Embiid but maybe lucky timing for the Cavs? As the draft banter has progressed in the last month or so all I kept hearing was Embiid was going first to the Cavs who were drooling at his potential. My thoughts? Always take the best player which to me means Andrew Wiggins 1st, Jabari Parker 2nd and Joel Embiid 3rd. I wondered if Cavs management had been stuck in a cave for the past 30 years and never heard the stories of Sam Bowie and Michael Jordan or Greg Oden and Kevin Durant? Is it possible they would pass on Wiggins and Parker to pick the injury prone big man with potential? Bad timing for Philly who at pick number 3 had to be giddy in thinking the Cavs would leave them Wiggins or Parker. How lucky can Cleveland be? First they come all the way up to win the lottery and snag the 1st pick and then an injury might actually force them to take the best player? WOW!! With that said, please understand that this is not to denigrate Joel Embiid who is an exceptional prospect. Just not the top prospect. So where does he land? I think the highest spot he could go is 3rd. The 76ers will choose between Embiid and Dante Exum or possibly maneuver within the top 6 or 7 with someone who will take a shot at Embiid. I don’t think he will last past Boston at number 6 and the teams most involved seem to be the 76ers, Celtics, Lakers and Magic.

Look for Joel Embiid to go in that 3-6 range in tonight's NBA Draft (Via USA Today)

Look for Joel Embiid to go in that 3-6 range in tonight’s NBA Draft (Via USA Today)

  1. How will LeBron and Melo’s free agency impact the draft?

When you are chasing free agents of this magnitude there are always two things to remember. First, the more cap room you have the better off you are and second, only one team gets them and the rest are left in limbo. So what does this mean for the draft? Teams will look to couple expiring deals with draft picks to create room for marquee names. The Lakers have already offered #7 with Steve Nash’s contract to suitors. The Bulls are looking to offload their 2 first rounders with Carlos Boozer to fit a max guy. Houston, Miami and OKC are all looking at moving out of the bottom of the first round and into the top of the second round where contracts are not guaranteed. The NBA draft has become a chess board where cap space has become more valuable than a mid level prospect. Expect to see at least a half dozen and potentially more first round picks move tonight. All the movement will be designed to free up valuable space and the beneficiaries of that could be teams like Philly, Utah, Detroit, Phoenix, Cleveland and Milwaukee. Those are the key teams that will have the maneuverability to add a player with an expiring contract without trading one away plus get a sweetener in return. Should be a very interesting night.

 

And now Mock Draft 2014

I will not include trades but I expect at least 6 or 7 and maybe as many as 10 or 12 before the night is over.

1. CLEVELAND- Andrew Wiggins-Kansas

2. MILWAUKEE- Jabari Parker-Duke

3. PHILADELPHIA- Dante Exum-Australia

4. ORLANDO- Joel Embiid- Kansas

5. UTAH- Noah Vonleh-Indiana

6. BOSTON- Doug McDermott-Creighton

7. LA LAKERS- Marcus Smart-Oklahoma State

8. SACRAMENTO- Aaron Gordon- Arizona

9.CHARLOTTE- Nik Stauskas-Michigan

10.PHILADELPHIA-Julius Randle-Kentucky

11. DENVER- James Young-Kentucky

12. ORLANDO-Elfrid Payton-Louisiana Lafayette

13. MINNESOTA- Rodney Hood- Duke

14. PHOENIX- Dario Saric- Croatia

15. ATLANTA- Zach Lavine-UCLA

16. CHICAGO- Gary Harris- Michigan St

17. BOSTON-Jusuf Nurkic- Bosnia

18. PHILADELPHIA- Kyle Anderson –UCLA

19. CHICAGO-Adreian Payne- Michigan State

20. TORONTO- Tyler Ennis- Syracuse

21. OKLAHOMA CITY- Jerami Grant- Syracuse

22. MEMPHIS- Shabazz Napier- UCONN

23. UTAH- Mitch McGary- Michigan

24.CHARLOTTE- TJ Warren-NC State

25.HOUSTON- Jordan Adams-UCLA

26. MIAMI- Patric Young- Florida

27. PHOENIX- KJ McDaniels-Clemson

28. LA CLIPPERS- PJ Hairston_ Texas Legends

29. OKLAHOMA CITY- Cleanthony Early- Wichita State

30. SAN ANTONIO-Clint Capela- Switzerland

 

 

Houston, We Have A Problem

By Christian Pierre-Louis

The Los Angeles Lakers hit 16 3-pointers against the Houston Rockets, but the last one meant the most.

With 1.3 seconds remaining, Steve Blake caught a short inbound pass from Jodie Meeks and drained his fourth 3-pointer of the night. Suddenly, the score was 99-98, and the Lakers held on for the final second and three-tenths to hand Dwight Howard an embarrassing loss against the Kobe Bryant-less Lakers.

Steve Blake hit a huge game winning 3-pointer to take down Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets (Via Getty)

Steve Blake hit a huge game winning 3-pointer to take down Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets (Via Getty)

Later in the game, Howard was repeatedly sent to the free throw line using the hack-a-Howard strategy, a strategy that Lakers’ fans painfully lived through last season. Howard finished 5-16 from the charity stripe, and his 15 points and 14 rebounds were overshadowed by his 31 percent foul shooting and four turnovers.

For Lakers fans, it was a case of déjà vu in more ways than one.

Watching Howard miss free throws late in the game was a familiar sight, even if it was welcomed for a change. Also, watching Howard lose the ball on careless turnovers was an all-too-familiar memory for fans watching at home.

This time, though, Howard wasn’t on the Lakers, so all of his mistakes were being celebrated across Laker Nation.

Aside from Howard, the Lakers were the same bunch they’ve been all season long. After getting out to a massive 17-point first half lead, the Lakers found themselves trailing at the end of a close ball game.

Howard’s consistent misses at the line allowed the Lakers to stay in the game, as LA ran out of ammo from behind the arc. Including Blake’s game-winner, the Lakers only made three field goals in the last five minutes of the game.

One of those field goals came via Meeks, who led the Lakers with 18 points on 5-7 shooting from behind the arc. The Lakers’ bench outscored the Lakers’ starters once again, but that didn’t seem to matter by the time everyone got into the locker room.

On a Thursday night in Houston, the Los Angeles Lakers won their first road game of the season, embarrassed the man who spurned their team, and made the Laker fans proud.

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Christian Pierre-Louis is a journalism major at Seton Hall University. He is a HUGE fan of the, LA Lakers, NY Giants, and NY Yankees. He is also an assistant sports producer at Seton Hall’s radio station WSOU 89.5 FM. You can follow him on twitter at @CPL_78.

2013- 2014 NBA Season Predictions

The time has finally come. The NBA season starts today, and we’d like to make some predictions on what we think the NBA will have in store for you this year. We’ve included our picks for the playoffs, as well as the end of season awards. Feel free to comment with your own opinions, as these are simply ours. Without further ado, we present our 2013- 2014 NBA Season Predictions:

EAST
Place Sam Breiter Brett Malamud
1 Miami Heat Miami Heat
2 New York Knicks Chicago Bulls
3 Chicago Bulls Indiana Pacers
4 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets
5 Indiana Pacers New York Knicks
6 Detroit Pistons Washington Wizards
7 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers
8 Toronto Raptors Detroit Pistons
Bubble Team (9th) Boston Celtics Atlanta Hawks
ECF Miami Heat vs New York Knicks Miami Heat vs Indiana Pacers
West
Place Sam Breiter Brett Malamud
1 L.A Clippers L.A. Clippers
2 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder
3 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs
4 Houston Rockets Golden State Warriors
5 Golden State Warriors Houston Rockets
6 Dallas Mavericks Minnesota Timberwolves
7 Portland Trail Blazers Dallas Mavericks
8 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans
Bubble Team (9th) Denver Nuggets Portland Trail Blazers
WCF L.A Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors L.A. Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Champion and Awards
Sam Breiter Brett Malamud
FINALS New York Knicks vs LA Clippers Miami Heat vs. L.A. Clippers
Champion New York Knicks L.A. Clippers
Defensive POY Dwight Howard Dwight Howard
Rookie of the Year Victor Oladipo Victor Oladipo
Coach of the Year Doc Rivers Doc Rivers
Most Improved Iman Shumpert Eric Bledsoe
MVP LeBron James LeBron James
Sixth Man of the Year Tyreke Evans Jamal Crawford

We hope that this NBA season will be as fun for you as it will be for us. We look forward to keeping you covered this NBA season.