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Buckle up NBA fans! Tonight’s NBA Draft could be a wild one with lots of surprises and draft day trade movement!

1Detroit Pistons — Cade Cunningham: Speaking recently about the upcoming draft, Pistons GM Troy Weaver recently stated that every position is a need based on last season’s record. While he’s certainly not wrong, Weaver can hope to clean up 2 needs with the selection of Cunningham #1 overall. For starters Detroit needs a playmaker after all they were the team that recently ran almost their entire offense through Blake Griffin. …


Monty Williams — Phoenix Suns: From exciting new additions in Chris Paul and Jae Crowder to the continued development of DeAndre Ayton, Mikal Bridges, and Cam Johnson. What’s most impressive is the entire team’s buy-in and foundation Coach Williams has established in Phoenix. If the Suns make the playoffs I find it hard to believe any other coach wins the award.

Brad Stevens — Boston Celtics: Yet to take home the top coach of the year honors, Coach Stevens might be able to put together a solid argument this season. It’s well known the Celtics are more than set on…


Lakers

Kyle Kuzma: Coming into the preseason with a chip on his shoulder Kuzma continued to build on his strong preseason play. Playing a team high 32 minutes Kuzma looked great with and without the Lakers stars on the court. In addition to knocking down his open looks created by the attention both James and Davis demand Kuzma impressed with his ability to knock down tough jumpers on the move. If he is able to carry this play over to the regular season, he is going to be a pleasant contributor to the Laker’s scoring load.

Marc Gasol: It’s pretty apparent…


Garrison Mathews — Washington Wizards: The 2019 Atlantic Sun Player of the Year really caught my eye once he received his call up midway through last year’s season. He is a tough, grind it out type of guy who has been really consistent when provided the minutes. Last year alone he shot 41% from three in the first 18 games of his career. With some NBA experience now under his belt and a little downtime to improve his craft I feel there’s certainly a way Mathews will carve out some time with the Wizards once again this season.

Matt Thomas…


The rust was clear, but excitement was in the air for two teams that were members of the “Delete 8” as Mike Breen finely labeled them. Here were the player takeaways from tonight’s action:

Pistons

Killian Hayes: Preseason or not, it was debut to forget for the young French point guard who got his first taste of the NBA tonight. Hayes finished 2–7 from the field with 5 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 7 very clear turnovers. It is very apparent Hayes has a ton to learn. From the ill-advised lob passes to shuffling of the feet turnovers he had…


  1. Luke Kennard — Los Angeles Clippers: Take a quick moment to let this sink in…Kennard is a career 40% 3-point shooter and he’s been playing alongside supreme ball stoppers in Reggie Jackson, Andre Drummond, and Blake Griffin (do not let his assist numbers fool you). He has since been freed and is now playing alongside a healthy cast of stars. Most notably Kennard should now not only be provided easier looks from deep with the help/attention narrowed in on Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, but he likely also will be counted upon to create shots. …

  1. Michael Porter Jr. — Denver Nuggets: I’ve got Porter pegged to be the odds on favorite to win the award. He made significant strides in bubble play and was impressively able to carry that over into the playoffs as well. Coming into “Year 2” Porter will have an even bigger role on one of the top teams in the Western Conference. …


  1. Kyle O’Quinn (Defensive Big) — Very surprised to see O’Quinn has not been picked up yet. What he lacks in athleticism he makes up for with physicality. He’s widely regarded (and I can confirm) as a great teammate, works hard, an underrated passer, and defensively his takes great pride in being a vocal leader. He’s one of the few very versatile free agents left on the market in the fact that he can be a good leader/role model on a rebuild or he can be an insurance big that will stay ready for any opportunity on a playoff team.
  2. Dewayne…

  1. Emmanuel Mudiay — Despite having 6 NBA seasons under his belt, Eric Bledsoe lite (as I like to call him) is only 24 years of age. This past year with the Utah Jazz might’ve been the best thing for him for a number of reasons: 1) the once lofty expectations have simmered 2) he settled into a backup role 3) his backup duties were on a competitive playoff team. As you might expect he averaged career lows in just about every category, but he also saw his FG%, 3FG%, and PER rise well above his career averages. Having spent some…

  1. E’Twaun Moore — Phoenix Suns 2.4 mil/1 — After surprisingly passing on Tyrese Haliburton at #10 on draft night E’Twaun Moore was an extremely vital pickup for the Suns. He’s a very dependable off guard that will provide Monty Williams a variety of a different lineup options. Although he is not a primary ball handler, he does a great job relieving the primary guard duties when pressured. For example in situations when Jevon Carter’s intensity speeds up his game too fast, Moore is the special type of vet than can slow him down and be sure the offensive flow stays…

Ross Geiger

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