And-Ones: Cavs, Wiggins, Embiid, Nets

Despite what you may think, Barry Tramel of The Oklahoman reminds us that building superteams in the NBA is not some new fad.  The “Thunder Way” involves growing your own superstars, but the Cavs‘ route of building a superteam is not unlike what others have done in years past.  The Lakers have been collecting All-Stars for decades and the 76ers build a superteam in the 1970s with ABA stars George McGinnis and Julius Erving.  At the end of the day, Tramel writes, both ways work and some franchises never get to make a stab at either gameplan.  Here’s tonight’s look around the league..

  • Wolves president and coach Flip Saunders did well for himself in the proposed Kevin Love trade, writes Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune.  Considering the general lack of leverage that Minnesota had, the Wolves did well by landing this year’s No. 1 overall pick and more.  Ultimately, however, the deal will be judged on how well Saunders can mold the young talent he’s receiving.
  • Kansas will have a lot of work to do without stars Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, but don’t go crying for them just yet.  Yannis Koutroupis of Basketball Insiders looks at the players who will be fueling KU this season – five-star prospects Kelly Oubre and Cliff Alexander. Oubre is a 6’6 small forward who is explosive offensively and an elite-level athlete. Alexander is a rugged big man who thrives with contact and plays with an extremely high motor. Both players are projected as lottery picks in the 2015 NBA Draft.
  • Following a successful season in the D-League, Scott Rafferty of Ridiculous Upside looks at what kind of impact Robert Covington could have on the Rockets next season.
  • Bojan Bogdanović expects to play a key role for the Nets next season, writes Sportando’s Hrvoje Vujanic.

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