Category Archives: NBA Draft

Trouble in Indiana?

Just as the Indian Pacers have begun to ascend in the rankings of the highly volatile world of the NBA, the very future of their roster and success of the team seems to be in jeopardy. The departure of Larry Bird as President of the Pacers leaves the direction the team intends to go in question and under some scrutiny. The Pacers have very few assets in which to improve positioning in the NBA Draft and two of their biggest stars are facing uphill battles in regards to staying on the team. At the start of free agency, starting point guard, Jeff Teague, will become an unrestricted free agent, and due to the high demand for a player of his caliber, almost seems to be a forgone conclusion that he will not be with the team for much longer. Your text to link…

While the departure of Jeff Teague seems to be a high possibility, this is not the most pressing issue facing the Pacers and the state of Indiana. Team leader, Paul George, due to the dwindling possibility that he will receive a max contract as a member of the Pacers, will be a sought after piece for many contenders looking to improve their rosters immediately. The fact that Paul George is also set to hit free agency next year, the price the Pacers would receive in the event of a trade for Paul George, and the limited assets that the Pacers currently hold all contribute to the idea that George will be leaving.

 

Towns and Okafor Look to go 1 and 2 in the NBA Draft

The 2015 NBA draft is nearing and experts are weighing by releasing a myriad of mock drafts. The consensus seems to be that Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor will be the top two picks in this years draft. However, many experts are debating who should be taken first.

The Minnesota Timber Wolves have the first pick in this years draft and many expect them to take Towns. The freshmen from Kentucky led the Wildcats to the NCAA championship—where they lost to the Duke Blue Devils. He is widely seen as the best athletic talent and continues to separate himself from Okafor.

Okafor, a freshman from Duke, bested Towns in the NCAA championship early this year. Brad Reifler says he is seen as the more polished talent and is widely expected to go to the Lakers with the second pick. At 6’ 11” and 272 pounds, he displays a NBA ready body that is immediately available to play heavy minutes in the league.

As the draft nears, mock drafts will come and go predicting prospects that teams have fallen in love with after their workouts. Yet, expect the top two picks to same fairly consistent with very little change. There seems to be little controversy about over the best talents in this year’s draft.