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June 2nd, 2014
The Center position has been arguably the most volatile position in the NBA over the last decade. We've seen the League go from wanting back to the basket pure post players to guys that stretch the floor and are more perimeter oriented and back again. Most say the "classic" Center that fans of the 80's and 90's loved so much is dead.
With the 2014 NBA draft less than a month away, here is our fifth look at the first round with team needs factored in and possible trade scenarios noted.
Los Angeles Lakers
Needs: You name it, they need it
From May 15th to 18th in Milan, the finals of the Nike Junior International Tournament took place in conjunction with the Euroleague Final 4. The qualifying teams were: Red Star Belgrade, Real Madrid, Joventut Badalona, Zalgiris Kaunas, Cajasol Seville, AJ Milan, Fenerbahce, Brazil. The final game took place at the Forum of Milan and was won by Red Star in a defensive slugfest. Res Star was led by break out MVP Vojislav Stojanovic en route to a 55-42 victory. Here is a list of players that showed the most potential:
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk is a 16 year old 6-foot-6 wing from Ukraine who has been described by scouts as having the potential to become the best shooting guard to ever come out of Europe. On Wednesday he committed to play for the Kansas Jayhawks for the upcoming season. "Sveta" is an absolute natural, he has polished passing and pure shooting skills that you rarely find in a 16 year old.
In every draft class, we see a handful of young prospects seeking a spot in The League long before they have reached their full potential. They are trying to capitalize on their promise and tantalizing upside. Once in the league, these types of players may have a few years of adjustment to the NBA as they are slowly developed into quality contributors.
The 2014 draft lottery will be held on May 20th at 8:00 PM ET. Here is a look at the lottery teams and their odds of winning.
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