Spain vs Canada coming down to the wire. I like how Spain is defending Lyles now. Lyles motor needs to get better surprised by how casual he is playing in such a big event. I really don't like his defensive effort. Dante Exum killed Nigeria no surprise there.
The way Spain moves the ball is a thing of beauty they broke it open here in the 4th up 13. Damn when you play basketball like they do it is one beautiful game. Their guard play is simply fantastic.
I want to watch Iran - Argentina, Czech Republic - Lithuania and China - Russia.
I am very eager to watch Gabriel Deck live. He has an incredible feel for the game. He is undersized for a PF but he has an excellent skill set. Plus, the Iranian bigs tend to be strong so we will see how Deck will fair against strong opponents.
The match between the Czech Republic and Lithuania will be interesting for two reasons. Lithuania is a country that loves basketball and its players are always fun to watch while the Czechs have a 6'8 SG.
China vs Russia will be the match of the giants. Russia's 7'3 Desyatnikov will go up against China's 7'1 Qi Zhou. If they get enough PT, it will be fun :D
can someone please post this or at least tell me who he has the Pacers picking? Ive been positing these thinkgs the last 2 years but my membership finally ran out.
That could be reaaaaaaally interesting for us :DQuote:
Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the most intriguing players in the draft, but he reportedly does not want to return to Greece next season and wants to immediately play in the NBA.
Antetokounmpo is a few seasons away from being ready for NBA-level competition and would be drawing a high rookie salary while mainly playing in the D-League and as a reserve.
Teams in the lottery have been considering drafting Antetokounmpo and stashing him abroad while he develops.
A Few Draft AM Tidbits from another site:
Niki Bakouli: (1/2) Antetokounmpo @Giannis Antetokoumpo may have flown to NY for tonights' #NBA draft, but the latest info that we are receiving today are not good. A promise that was given to the player (@Giannis Antetokoumpo) by a team that is picking somewhere on the 20s, is no longer on the table Twitter @Eurohoopsnet
Fred Kerber: #Nets GM Billy King on possibility of dealing No. 22 pick: "I’d say there’s about a 60 percent chance – up. Maybe add another big." Twitter @FredKerber
Asefa Estudiantes extended the contract of Lucas Nogueira till June 2015. Sportando
Marc J. Spears: One NBA exec said Texas G Myck Kabongo was possible late 1st after impressive interview and said he's was bigger than expected & a leader. Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo
Analysis: The Pacers are looking at point guards and bigs. If Schroeder falls, he seems like a no-brainer to the Pacers. He's long, young and athletic and can really get to the basket. He won't be ready to contribute for Indiana now, but in the long term, he could be their best pick here.
nbadraft.net final mock:
Mason Plumlee @23
Bojan Dubljevic @53
I don't see the Pacers drafting a guy that's not ready to step into the b/u role. The Pacers need help right now.
One thing about Chad Ford is that his early mocks are way off, but by draft day he gets a lot closer to being accurate (esp a couple of hours before the draft).
When was the last time there was this much uncertainty about the top pick? '07? And I can't recall the last time a guy could go either 1st or 5th.
Mock Draft 7.1 coming: picks 10, 12, 22 & 23 changing ...
someone post what he changed when he does it?
Dario Saric posted an impressive line against South Korea in the U19 Championships. 32 points on 13/19 shooting (2/4 from 3, 4/7 from the FT line), 12 rebounds (4 offensive, 8 defensive) and 12 assists.
Mislav Brzoja, a 6'5 SG, also contributed 21 points on 8/14 shooting (1/3 from 3, 4/4 from the line), 10 rebounds and 3 assists.
Ivan Bender, a 6'9 C born in '95, scored 21 points on 10/13 shooting, grabbed 4 rebounds and had 3 assists in 23 minutes.
South Korea was led by Sangjae Kang, a 6'8 PF, that scored 35 points on 14/19 shooting.
It doesn't seem like a lot of defense was played in this game. Croatia won 109 - 86.
On the other hand, Senegal shot 23.8% against Australia earlier today. Yes, they shot below 25%. I don't know how that's possible.
Stefan Pot, a 6'5 PG, had an interesting game against Brazil. He only shot 2/7 from the field but scored managed to go to the line 8 times and convert on 5 of his FTs in order to score 9 points. But he grabbed 13 rebounds (2 offensive, 11 defensive), dished 5 assists and also had 5 steals to boot. I'll keep an eye on him to see if this was a fluke or not.
Lithuania - Czech Republic and China - Russia are on right now. Lithuania and Czech Republic are tied at 42 at the half. China is ahead 33 to 27 against Russia. China's Zhou Qi already has 13 points (on 5/8 shooting), 9 rebounds, 5 blocks and 1 assist. Desyatnikov has not played yet.
I'm still trying to find a way to watch those games :(
Fords got a 2nd round mock now.
53: Jackie Carmichael
I think we can agree that that would be a best case scenario!
Tony Mitchel at 42 (would be a great pickup this low)
Livio Jean-Charles 45 (would like this kid)
Myck Kabongo 48
Ray McCallum 51 (meh, but I think the Pacers like him)