Who’s on the hot seat? Draft picks, East standings and other playoff data
The NBA draft is underway, and while many of the league’s best prospects are headed to the draft, the rest of the season could be shaping up to be another wild ride.
In the next few days, there will be some exciting players and prospects who could be making their mark on the league.
The 2016 NBA draft will be held May 30-31 in Philadelphia.
The ESPN and CBS Sports Network will provide coverage, while the NBA.com draft show will provide analysis.
Here are some important takeaways from the first week of the NBA draft:*The 2016 Draft class will feature a number of NBA All-Stars, including DeMar DeRozan, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Stephen Curry and the late Michael Jordan, among others.*There will be a number who are on the fringe of the first round.
That includes the aforementioned DeMarre Carroll, who is a solid prospect but may struggle to get on the court.
That’s not to say he isn’t a potential lottery pick, but he has to prove himself to be considered.
Also not to mention that some of the biggest names in the draft class could be the ones that aren’t projected to go in the first two rounds.
There are a lot of exciting prospects out there, but it’s also the draft that sets the tone for all the rest.*A lot of prospects who haven’t been given much of a chance in the past could be a factor in the future.
There’s a lot to like about DeMar Derozan, a wing who can stretch the floor and is a good rebounder and scorer who could potentially fill a void for the Toronto Raptors.
Also, there’s a chance that DeMaris Robinson could be one of the top-ranked high school prospects in the country.
That might be a good thing for the Raptors, as he could potentially get a shot at being a Raptor in the NBA next year.*There are a number that have been on the periphery of the draft for a while.
That is particularly true for the likes of Kristaps Porzingis, the 6-foot-7 guard out of Latvia.
He’s not a huge prospect, but that could change if the Knicks or the Nets make an offer.
The Knicks might be more interested in him if they have a chance to move up, but the Nets have a ton of picks and could be looking for a potential trade partner in the trade market.*In the NBA’s last two drafts, some prospects have been projected as lottery picks.
That isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
It’s a great way to evaluate a player’s potential and the team that selects him will have a lot more say over his development.
If the team picks high enough, it could lead to some intriguing players like Lonzo Ball, Lonzo Martin, Ben Simmons or others.
The same can be said about players like Malik Monk, who could turn out to be a star.
In terms of how players are playing, the draft is a great opportunity for scouts to see how players will handle the pressure of playing in the highest level of competition.
They can also help draft prospects adjust to the league quickly and become more effective as players.