NBA Draft Prospect Skips College For China (And $1.2 Million)

Point guard Emmanuel Mudiay has the potential to be a lottery pick in next year's NBA draft, but he won't be spending a year in college before going pro. Mudiay's taking his talents to China for the required year between high school and the NBA, and he's getting a hefty chunk of money for his efforts. » 7/22/14 12:44pm Yesterday 12:44pm

Report: NBA Wants To Re-Weight Draft Lottery Odds To Discourage Tanking

Everybody likes seeing shitty teams have the opportunity to get better, but nobody likes seeing those teams intentionally be shitty to land a top draft pick. The NBA is forever on the hunt for the happy medium, and according to Zach Lowe at Grantland, it has formally proposed a new system that would lessen the… » 7/16/14 4:48pm 7/16/14 4:48pm

Based On Their Draft Picks, How Good Should The Cavs Be Next Year?

We have every reason to expect that the Cavs will improve over the next few years, especially since team is stocked with young, talented lottery packs. But given its draft position the last few years, how good could we have expected the Cavs to get? And how much of the improvement that any high-lottery team shows is… » 7/02/14 1:29pm 7/02/14 1:29pm

Julius Randle Made Everyone Feel Very Old After He Got Drafted

Julius Randle was pretty damn excited when the Los Angeles Lakers drafted him with the seventh overall pick last night. After the draft, he took to Instagram to let everyone know that he's always been a Lakers fan, and in the process he inadvertently made a whole bunch of basketball fans feel super, super old. » 6/27/14 4:51pm 6/27/14 4:51pm

Adam Silver And The NBA Draft Isaiah Austin

Last Sunday, Isaiah Austin found out he wouldn't be able to start a career in the NBA. The Baylor center was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, and continuing to play competitive basketball would jeopardize his life. Tonight, he was still at the draft, and in the middle of the first round, Adam Silver and the NBA took… » 6/26/14 9:26pm 6/26/14 9:26pm

Get To Know The Guy Who Might Be The Steal Of The NBA Draft

One of the savviest picks of last year's NBA draft was made by the Milwaukee Bucks, when they grabbed Giannis Antetokounmpo with the 15th overall pick. The Greek Freak was just a bundle of springy limbs and a fresh face at the time, but he quickly became a player who matters. There is another baby-faced, athletic… » 6/26/14 5:18pm 6/26/14 5:18pm

Why Do NBA Big Men Break Down?

Joel Embiid, the University of Kansas seven-footer who was expected to be the first pick in tonight's NBA draft, just had two screws inserted into the navicular bone in his right foot.1 Embiid is expected to miss 4-6 months and the stress fracture—his second in three months—may cost him millions of dollars.2 Many… » 6/26/14 2:47pm 6/26/14 2:47pm