2012 NBA Draft Rumors
December 29 at 2:28pm CST By Chuck Myron
It's a busy 48 hours on the court, with a dozen games last night and another 11 games on tap this evening. There's plenty of news off the court as well, and we'll round it up here.
- Marc Stein of ESPN.com hears that Andrea Bargnani is "a lock to be moved," and wonders whether the Raptors might try to package him with Kyle Lowry instead of Jose Calderon. The other Raptors appear to prefer playing alongside Calderon, Stein observes, and the team's defense has improved since Bargnani went down with torn ligaments in his right elbow.
- Antawn Jamison expressed confusion about his diminished role with the Lakers 10 days ago, and now he doesn't appear pleased as he continues to stay chained to the bench, as Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. "It doesn't make sense at all," the power forward said. "They're pretty much telling me my services are no longer needed."
- Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN believes the Wolves may wait to sign a replacement for Josh Howard until January 5th, when teams can begin handing out 10-day contracts. He also thinks Minnesota is high on Mickael Gelabale, whose agent has reportedly been in touch with all 30 teams (Twitter link).
- The Wolves made a half-hearted effort to sign O.J. Mayo over the offseason, making just one phone call, according to Wolfson (Twitter link).
- UNLV power forward Anthony Bennett is gaining momentum with scouts as he contends for No. 1 overall spot in June's draft, tweets Aran Smith of NBADraft.net.
December 26 at 10:15pm CST By Chuck Myron
It will be a long time before we can truly discern how well the teams that had high picks last June performed in the draft, but early impressions from the season's first two months can tell us a lot. It's also difficult to judge players who play different positions and get varying amounts of playing time, but former ESPN.com writer (and current Grizzlies executive) John Hollinger's player efficiency rating, or PER, gives us as effective a tool as any to do so.
There's no surprise about which rookie has the highest PER amongst this year's lottery picks, as No. 1 pick Anthony Davis claims the top spot. After him, though, the list bears little resemblance to the order in which the players were drafted. For the most part, the picture isn't a pretty one, either. Only four of this year's lottery picks have a PER better than 15.0, which is the mark of an average player.
Last year's lottery selections are listed below in descending order of their PERs. The pick with which they were taken is in parentheses.
- Anthony Davis, Hornets (1) — 21.2: Injuries have limited him to just 14 games so far, but when he's played, he's been about as impressive as advertised.
- Andre Drummond, Pistons (9) — 21.0: The Pistons have kept their center of the future under wraps, playing him less than 20 minutes per game. In that time, Drummond has looked like a steal.
- Damian Lillard, Blazers (6) — 17.6: He's receiving early consideration for Rookie of the Year, though he may have a hard time holding off Davis as the big man gets more games under his belt.
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2) — 17.3: He was known for his defense coming out of college, but the small forward is shooting better than 50% so far.
- John Henson, Bucks (14) — 14.4: His playing time has been sporadic, as he's made five starts but is averaging only 10.1 minutes per game. Still, Henson is grabbing 10.1 rebounds per 36 minutes.
- Meyers Leonard, Trail Blazers (11) — 13.1: Though he's consistently part of the Blazers' rotation, he's yet to have much of an impact, with season highs of 12 points and nine rebounds.
- Jeremy Lamb, Thunder (12) — 12.5: His inclusion in the James Harden trade that brought him from the Rockets has done nothing for his playing time, as he's totaled just 41 NBA minutes so far.
- Dion Waiters, Cavaliers (4) — 11.8: Waiters has started in all 21 of his appearances for the Cavs, unlike college, where he was a reserve for Syracuse.
- Bradley Beal, Wizards (3) — 11.7: Beal was touted as a long-range shooter, and his 29% three-point shooting is just one of many ugly stats on the team with the league's worst record.
- Terrence Ross, Raptors (8) — 10.3: Injuries to others forced Ross into the rotation, but he's put on an uneven performance.
- Harrison Barnes, Warriors (7) — 10.1: It's a little surprising his PER is so low considering he's started all 28 games for Golden State, but many of his other numbers (8.8 PPG, 40.7% shooting, 31% three-point percentage) suggest his subpar PER makes sense.
- Thomas Robinson, Kings (5) — 9.4: He's seeing only 16 minutes per night, but he hasn't done much while on the floor to earn coach Keith Smart's trust.
- Austin Rivers, Hornets (10) — 6.7: His 35.1% field goal percentage looks even worse when you consider he's shooting 36.7% from three-point range.
- Kendall Marshall, Suns (13) — 0.7: Here's where PER is a little bit unfair, since the sample size covers only 38 NBA minutes. What's more disconcerting is Marshall's 9.6 points and 7.6 assists in 31.0 minutes per game in nine D-League contests.
September 4 at 8:27pm CST By Chuck Myron
Training camps open in just a few weeks, and while all 30 first-round picks have been signed, the same is not the case for this year's second-rounders. It's common practice for teams to allow players from overseas to continue playing international ball for years after they're drafted, while most others at least earn a shot in training camp. Some have already signed deals with at least a partial guarantee, and while there's no rookie scale as there is with first-rounders, the contracts follow a similar pattern. They're usually either for the minimum or slightly more in the first year, followed by a second or third non-guaranteed season at the minimum.
Here's an update on each of this year's second-round picks, in the order in which they were drafted:
- Charlotte Bobcats: Jeff Taylor (SF, Vanderbilt) — Signed for three years, $2.279MM. The third year is not guaranteed.
- Washington Wizards: Tomas Satoransky (SG, Czech Republic) — Remains unsigned. He's likely to play overseas this year, as Michael Lee of The Washington Post reported in July.
- Dallas Mavericks: Bernard James (C, Florida St.) — Signed for two years at the minimum salary. The second year is not guaranteed.
- Dallas Mavericks: Jae Crowder (SF, Marquette) — Signed for three years, $2.305MM. The third year is a team option.
- Golden State Warriors: Draymond Green (SF, Michigan St.) — Signed for three years, $2.641MM. The third year is a team option partially guaranteed for $250K.
- Indiana Pacers: Orlando Johnson (SG, UC Santa Barbara) — Signed for three years, $2.254MM. The third year is not guaranteed.
- Toronto Raptors: Quincy Acy (SF, Baylor) — Signed for three years, $2.369MM. The third year is not guaranteed.
- Denver Nuggets: Quincy Miller (SF, Baylor) — Remains unsigned. Averaged 6.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for Denver's summer league team. Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri indicated earlier this summer he'd have a hard time beating out Jordan Hamilton in the depth chart, so it seems unlikely he'll be on Denver's roster this year.
- Detroit Pistons: Khris Middleton (SF, Texas A&M) — Signed for three years at the minimum. The third year is not guaranteed.
- Portland Trail Blazers: Will Barton (SG, Memphis) — Signed for three years, $2.254MM. The third year is not guaranteed.
- Brooklyn Nets: Tyshawn Taylor (PG, Kansas) — Signed for two years at the minimum.
- Milwaukee Bucks: Doron Lamb (SG, Kentucky) — Signed for three years, $2.354MM. The third year is not guaranteed.
- Atlanta Hawks: Mike Scott (PF, Virginia) — Remains unsigned. Averaged 10.0 PPG and 6.8 RPG for Atlanta's summer league team.
- Detroit Pistons: Kim English (SG, Missouri) — Signed for two years at the minimum. The second year is not guaranteed.
- Miami Heat: Justin Hamilton (C, LSU) — Signed with Cibona Zagreb in Croatia.
- New Orleans Hornets: Darius Miller (SF, Kentucky) — Signed for two years at the minimum. The second year is not guaranteed.
- Utah Jazz: Kevin Murphy (SF, Tennessee Tech) — The Jazz and Murphy were making progress in contract talks as of last month, and the team was hopeful to have him in camp, Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
- New York Knicks: Kostas Papanikolaou (SF, Greece) — Rights traded to the Blazers in July as part of the Raymond Felton sign-and-trade deal. A report by Sorush Kavoosian of Sportando indicates he'll play with Olympiacos Piraeus in Greece.
- Orlando Magic: Kyle O'Quinn (C, Norfolk St.) — Signed for three years, $2.493MM. The second and third years are not guaranteed.
- Denver Nuggets: Izzet Turkyilmaz (C, Turkey) — Remains unsigned. Likely headed overseas, and a report by Can Pelister of Sportando indicates he'll play for Banvit in Turkey next season.
- Boston Celtics: Kris Joseph (SF, Syracuse) — Signed for two years at the minimum. Neither year is guaranteed.
- Golden State Warriors: Ognjen Kuzmic (C, Bosnia) — A report, via Sportando, notes that he'll play with FIATC Joventut Badalona of Spain, on loan from Unicaja Malaga, another Spanish club. Warriors GM Bob Myers said in July he expects Kuzmic to play overseas this season.
- Los Angeles Clippers: Furkan Aldemir (PF, Turkey) — Rights traded the day after the draft to the Rockets in the four-team swap that sent Lamar Odom to the Clippers. Aldemir signed a four-year deal with Galatasaray Medical Park in Turkey last year, and Can Pelister of Sportando lists him on the Galatasaray roster for this season.
- Brooklyn Nets: Tornike Shengelia (SF, Georgia) — Signed with the Nets, though contract details remain unconfirmed. It appears to be a two-year deal, likely for the minimum.
- Los Angeles Lakers: Darius Johnson-Odom (SF, Marquette) — Remains unsigned. Averaged 3.8 points and 3.4 rebounds for L.A.'s summer league team.
- Toronto Raptors: Tomislav Zubcic (SF, Croatia) — Zubcic is in the middle of a deal with KK Cibona in Croatia that runs through 2014.
- Brooklyn Nets: Ilkan Karaman (PF, Turkey) — Signed with Fenerbache Ulker Istanbul in Turkey.
- Minnesota Timberwolves: Robbie Hummel (SF, Purdue) — Signed with Obradoiro in Spain.
- San Antonio Spurs: Marcus Denmon (SG, Missouri) — Signed with Elan Chalon in France.
- Los Angeles Lakers: Robert Sacre (C, Gonzaga) — Remains unsigned. Averaged 9.0 PPG and 6.2 RPG for L.A's summer league team, and has reportedly made a favorable impression on owner Jerry Buss.
Storytellers Contracts was used in the creation of this post.
June 29 at 11:57pm CST By Luke Adams
Now that the 2012 draft is officially a thing of the past, we shouldn't require multiple posts to round up all the day's draft-related content, like we did on Thursday. But even with the draft over, a few updates continue to trickle in. We'll round up today's leftover draft notes here, adding any new items to the top throughout the day....
- Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun tweets that Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo said he may try to get teams that were interested in trading for the No. 8 pick to take something else in return. Colangelo also said a team offered $1.75MM to get pick No. 37, but the Raptors had three guys they liked too much to give up the pick, which they used on Quincy Acy, Wolstat also tweets.
- Cavs coach Byron Scott compares No. 4 pick Dion Waiters to Dwyane Wade and isn't concerned that he never started a game in his two years at Syracuse, according to the Associated Press (via NBA.com). Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Plain Dealer believes the Cavs got better through the draft, but isn't sure exactly how that will show up in the won-lost column.
- Stephen Brotherston of HoopsWorld looks at the draft's biggest losers.
- According to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld, undrafted rookie Maalik Wayns will play for the Magic's summer league team (Twitter link).
- Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo "tried hard" to move down in the draft, but most offers involved trading out of the draft entirely, which he didn't want to do, says Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun (via Twitter).
- Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com provides an interesting behind-the-scenes perspective of the Cavaliers' draft night.
- The Thunder took steps in the days leading up to the draft to assure James Harden he wouldn't be dealt for a top-three pick, and then proved it, tweets ESPN.com's Marc Stein.
- The Rockets were interested in trading up to No. 8 to take Andre Drummond, but the Raptors' asking price was way too high, tweets Keith Langlois of Pistons.com.
- It was a little surprising not to see Iona guard Scott Machado drafted last night, but he's already drawing interest as an undrafted free agent. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (Twitter link), Machado has the Raptors, Rockets, Bobcats, Cavaliers, Hawks, and Hornets calling him about playing in the Summer League.
- Scott Schroeder of Ridiculous Upside examines a few more of this year's top undrafted prospects.
- Draft evaluations are already beginning to roll in, as ESPN.com's Chad Ford (Insider link) provides his grades for all 30 teams, while SI.com's Chris Mannix and Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports are among those to name this year's winners and losers.
- Proving it's never too early to look ahead to next year's, Ford (Insider link) also has a preview of the 2013 draft class, and Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com publishes his first 2013 mock draft.
June 29 at 8:07am CST By Luke Adams
By now, you've likely had a chance to pore through last night's NBA draft results, taking stock of which teams did well and which teams made some questionable choices. As we move from the draft into free agency, it's also worth considering how last night's first round picks will affect NBA teams' payrolls going forward. Clubs with a pair of first-rounders, or high lottery picks, will see their draftees take a chunk out of any cap space they have heading into free agency.
The NBA's rookie scale
dictates that specific cap holds are assigned to each pick heading into July. For instance, the first overall pick, Anthony Davis
, will represent a cap hold of $4,286,900 on the Hornets' books. Rookies are permitted to sign for up to 120% of that amount, however, and almost all of them do. So Davis' eventual first-year salary is more likely to be $5,144,280 (120% of his rookie scale amount).
In the chart below, we've listed each of the 30 draft picks, along with their cap holds and their likely first-year salaries. Now, not all of these players will receive the amount in the "likely salary" column here -- Evan Fournier could be stashed overseas and not join the Nuggets for a year or two. Miles Plumlee, meanwhile, could be a candidate to sign for less than the full 120%, since he seemed like a reach for the Pacers at No. 26. But the cap holds, at least, represent the amounts on teams' books heading into free agency.
The rookie scale chart from Larry Coon's CBA FAQ was used in the creation of this post.
June 29 at 1:00am CST By Luke Adams
The 2012 NBA draft finally arrived on Thursday night, and while the first overall pick certainly wasn't unexpected, the surprises started coming at No. 2 and continued for most of the night. We've got the complete results, including all 60 picks and six draft-night trades, right here:
- New Orleans Hornets: Anthony Davis (PF, Kentucky)
- Charlotte Bobcats: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (SF, Kentucky)
- Washington Wizards: Bradley Beal (SG, Florida)
- Cleveland Cavaliers: Dion Waiters (SG, Syracuse)
- Sacramento Kings: Thomas Robinson (PF, Kansas)
- Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard (PG, Weber State)
- Golden State Warriors: Harrison Barnes (SF, North Carolina)
- Toronto Raptors: Terrence Ross (SG, Washington)
- Detroit Pistons: Andre Drummond (C, UConn)
- New Orleans Hornets: Austin Rivers (SG, Duke)
- Portland Trail Blazers: Meyers Leonard (C, Illinois)
- Houston Rockets: Jeremy Lamb (SG, UConn)
- Phoenix Suns: Kendall Marshall (PG, North Carolina)
- Milwaukee Bucks: John Henson (PF, North Carolina)
- Philadelphia 76ers: Moe Harkless (SF, St. John's)
- Houston Rockets: Royce White (PF, Iowa State)
- Cleveland Cavaliers: Tyler Zeller (C, North Carolina)1
- Houston Rockets: Terrence Jones (PF, Kentucky)
- Orlando Magic: Andrew Nicholson (PF, St. Bonaventure)
- Denver Nuggets: Evan Fournier (SG, France)
- Boston Celtics: Jared Sullinger (PF, Ohio State)
- Boston Celtics: Fab Melo (C, Syracuse)
- Atlanta Hawks: John Jenkins (SG, Vanderbilt)
- Dallas Mavericks: Jared Cunningham (SG, Oregon St.)1
- Memphis Grizzlies: Tony Wroten (PG, Washington)
- Indiana Pacers: Miles Plumlee (C, Duke)
- Philadelphia 76ers: Arnett Moultrie (PF, Mississippi St.)2
- Oklahoma City Thunder: Perry Jones III (PF, Baylor)
- Chicago Bulls: Marquis Teague (PG, Kentucky)
- Golden State Warriors: Festus Ezeli (C, Vanderbilt)
- Charlotte Bobcats: Jeff Taylor (SF, Vanderbilt)
- Washington Wizards: Tomas Satoransky (SG, Czech Republic)
- Dallas Mavericks: Bernard James (C, Florida St.)1
- Dallas Mavericks: Jae Crowder (SF, Marquette)1
- Golden State Warriors: Draymond Green (SF, Michigan St.)
- Indiana Pacers: Orlando Johnson (SG, UC Santa Barbara)3
- Toronto Raptors: Quincy Acy (SF, Baylor)
- Denver Nuggets: Quincy Miller (SF, Baylor)
- Detroit Pistons: Khris Middleton (SF, Texas A&M)
- Portland Trail Blazers: Will Barton (SG, Memphis)
- Brooklyn Nets: Tyshawn Taylor (PG, Kansas)4
- Milwaukee Bucks: Doron Lamb (SG, Kentucky)
- Atlanta Hawks: Mike Scott (PF, Virginia)
- Detroit Pistons: Kim English (SG, Missouri)
- Miami Heat: Justin Hamilton (C, LSU)2
- New Orleans Hornets: Darius Miller (SF, Kentucky)
- Utah Jazz: Kevin Murphy (SF, Tennessee Tech)
- New York Knicks: Kostas Papanikolaou (SF, Greece)
- Orlando Magic: Kyle O'Quinn (C, Norfolk St.)
- Denver Nuggets: Izzet Turkyilmaz (C, Turkey)
- Boston Celtics: Kris Joseph (SF, Syracuse)
- Golden State Warriors: Ognjen Kuzmic (C, Bosnia)
- Los Angeles Clippers: Furkan Aldemir (PF, Turkey)
- Brooklyn Nets: Tornike Shengelia (SF, Georgia)5
- Los Angeles Lakers: Darius Johnson-Odom (SF, Marquette)6
- Toronto Raptors: Tomislav Zubcic (SF, Croatia)
- Brooklyn Nets: Ilkan Karaman (PF, Turkey)
- Minnesota Timberwolves: Robbie Hummel (SF, Purdue)
- San Antonio Spurs: Marcus Denmon (SG, Missouri)
- Los Angeles Lakers: Robert Sacre (C, Gonzaga)
1 Cavaliers acquire No. 17 pick from Mavericks in exchange for Nos. 24, 33, 34.
2 76ers acquire No. 27 pick from Heat in exchange for No. 45 and a future first-rounder.
3 Pacers acquire No. 36 pick from Kings in exchange for cash.
4 Nets acquire No. 41 pick from Trail Blazers in exchange for cash.
5 Nets acquire No. 54 pick from 76ers in exchange for cash.
6 Lakers acquire No. 55 pick from Mavericks in exchange for cash.
June 29 at 12:26am CST By Luke Adams
A handful of draft trades were consummated tonight, but we didn't get treated to the blockbuster moves many were hoping for or expecting. The highest pick to change hands was the Mavericks' first-rounder, 17th overall. Still, the absence of lottery movement wasn't for lack of trying. With the 2012 draft in the books, rumors are beginning to trickle out about failed deals that teams explored. We're likely to hear about many of those in the coming days, but here are a few that surfaced immediately in the wake of the draft:
- The Suns explored ways to acquire a late-first-round pick to acquire the slipping Perry Jones III, tweets Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.
- After failing to land a top-five pick, the Lakers tried to move into the 20s to acquire Jared Sullinger or Perry Jones III, tweets Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.
- The Hawks attempted to trade up, starting at about pick No. 12, but the opportunity wasn't there for new GM Danny Ferry, according to Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution (via Twitter).
- GM Kevin O'Connor attempted to land the Jazz a lottery pick, but would've had to give up too many assets to do so, says Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune (Twitter links). Most trade talks ended after two sentences, according to O'Connor (Twitter link).
- Although the Nets were able to acquire a couple second-round picks, the price was too high for them to get into the first round. GM Billy King said clubs were seeking future picks, rather than cash, for their first-rounders, tweets Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.
June 28 at 10:45pm CST By Luke Adams
Another second-round pick has changed hands, as the Mavericks have sent the 55th overall pick to the Lakers in exchange for cash, tweets ESPN.com's Chad Ford. The Lakers have used the pick to select Marquette's Darius Johnson-Odom.
Check out tonight's complete draft results right here.
June 28 at 10:39pm CST By Luke Adams
The Nets have bought another second-round draft pick, this one from the 76ers, according to Chad Ford of ESPN.com (via Twitter). Brooklyn will use the 54th overall pick to draft Tornike Shengelia, says Ford.
The Nets have now bought a pair of second-rounders tonight, having already acquired the No. 41 pick from the Trail Blazers.
June 28 at 10:33pm CST By Luke Adams
10:33pm: Kelenna Azubuike will also be sent to Cleveland in the deal, according to a Mavericks press release making the deal official.
8:13pm: We've finally got our first trade of draft night, as ESPN.com's Chad Ford reports that the Cavaliers have acquired the No. 17 pick from the Mavericks (Twitter link). The Mavs drafted Tyler Zeller at 17 for Cleveland, and will receive three selections in return -- the Cavs' 24th, 33rd, and 34th overall picks (Twitter links via Ford).
You can follow the night's full draft results right here.