Based on skill level and the amount of playing time he'll get, I think Dion Waiters has a real shot at rookie of the year. Outside of the obvious favorite, Anthony Davis, I also like T-Rob and Lillard.
A guy I refuse to sleep on is Austin Rivers, especially since he'll be getting serious minutes if Gordon ends up a Sun
I'd say Valenciunas will be in the top three for sure. The kid has been playing non stop for 12 months at a very high level over seas. Instead of summer league he will be in the Olympics. His adjustment to the NBA will be much quicker than the college players.
He may not end up in the top 5, but he is a lottery level talent, if the chips fall the right way.
McAdoo could be something of a sleeper in the top of the draft coming into the season. He is super skilled and has a great basketball IQ. He doesn’t necessarily leap off the page as an athlete, but he is very good and if he has a solid season at North Carolina especially with John Henson and Harrison Barnes out of the way, he could really solidify himself as a top-10 talent, maybe even top 5.
The 2013 NBA Draft is still 297 days away, so a lot can and likely will change between now and then, but as NBA teams open camp at the end of the month, some teams will have their eyes on the next draft day prize.
Most of the Hornets players have been running informal workouts in NOLA trying to build some chemistry and get a handle on what the Hornets will expect of them.
Minnesota is going to have to face that situation with Kevin Love. Washington will have to face that with John Wall and even Chicago will have to face that with Derrick Rose – at some point all three are going to want more than money.
Josh Selby - One of the most impressive players in Vegas has been Josh Selby of the Memphis Grizzlies. He poured in 32 points against the Charlotte Bobcats with seven threes in 11 attempts. He’s been doing it all week and Selby may make the Grizzlies forget about O.J. Mayo relatively quickly. Selby is scoring guard but at 6’2″, he may not be the perfect fit next to Mike Conley – but the Grizzlies have size inside so lack of height may not be a true problem.
Cory Joseph – The San Antonio Spurs point guard had a tough time against the Miami HEAT defense with 10 turnovers against his five assists. He also missed all three of his three-point attempts. The Spurs took a nine-point lead into the fourth quarter until Miami exploded for 28 while holding the Spurs to just 14. Joseph, going into his second year, is being brought along slowly by San Antonio who naturally relies on Tony Parker along with Gary Neal and Patty Mills at the point.
Goran Dragic – Pick originally owned by the Toronto Raptors
On draft night in 2007 the Toronto Raptors traded their 2008 second-round pick to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for the rights to Giorgos Printezis, who to this day has still never played in the NBA. The Spurs then proceeded to flip the pick to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for the draft rights to Malik Hairston and a 2009 second-round pick of the Golden State Warriors, which the Suns acquired in a trade for Zarko Cabarkapa.
That pick ended up becoming Omer Asik, who is now set to start at center for the Houston Rockets. He never made his way to Portland, though, because they traded him to Chicago in a three-team deal that also included Patrick Mills, Jon Brockman, and Jerome Jordan. Just a throw in at the time, Asik is now arguably the second-best piece involved.
Ty Lawson – Pick originally owned by the Miami HEAT
In 2007 the Miami HEAT gave up a future first-round draft pick in a deal that sent Antoine Walker, Wayne Simien, and Michael Doleac to Minnesota for Ricky Davis and Mark Blount. That pick was rendered in 2009 and was used on Ty Lawson in the infamous Timberwolves draft where they took three point guards in the first round including Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn. Lawson, who up to this point is the best of the three, was immediately the odd man out.
The unprotected pick ended up helping seal the deal in a franchise-changing trade for the Clippers, who used it as a centerpiece in the deal for starting point guard Chris Paul. It would end up being the 10th overall selection, which the Hornets used on Rivers to pair him up with number one overall pick Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon, and Ryan Anderson as the franchise’s core.
“Being a veteran player, and having accumulated experience from playing significant roles for six different playoffs teams, I know how to bring value to an NBA team both on the court and in the locker room,” Evans said. “Although, because of my maturity and growth as a man through overcoming trials in life and throughout my career, I believe my value within the locker room, community and organization far outweigh my playing abilities. I believe a premium should be placed on leadership, especially in today’s game. It is impossible to have sustainable success without leadership on or off the court.”bdsgf
“I was never formally offered a job in management with the Wizards,” Evans said. “I expressed interest in wanting to help the organization continue to grow, but I wanted to do that as a player. At that time, Ernie made a decision to go younger. I understand this is a business. I respect him as a GM and wish him and the entire organization nothing but the best.”']0-09