And-Ones: Kaminsky, Draft, Warriors

Hornets owner Michael Jordan liked the experience Frank Kaminsky received as a four-year player at Wisconsin and the team has been satisfied with the rookie’s progress so far, Charles F. Gardner of the Journal Sentinel relays.

“After summer league, you could see what he could become,” Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. “Particularly on the defensive end, he’s made such great strides. I think Michael’s big point about him is that so much of the draft now are guys that are freshmen. Frankly, when you’re watching a lot of the college tape, the difficult challenge of the draft is they’re good players, but even on their college teams they’re the third or fourth-best guy.”

Here’s more from around the basketball world:

  • LSU freshman Ben Simmons, a point forward, who is listed at 6’10″ and 225 pounds, is already gaining traction as a favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 Draft, Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders writes. Simmons, who is projected to play small forward in the NBA, is averaging 16.2 points, 14.4 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.4 blocks through his first five games this season, as Kennedy notes.
  • Harrison Barnes will be out at least one week after spraining his left ankle, Diamond Leung of The Bay Area News Group details. The Warriors determined Barnes did not suffer a fracture, Leung adds.
  • Shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, whom the Pistons exercised their team option on  for the 2016/17 season last month, continues to earn major minutes because of his defensive ability, David Mayo of writes.
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4 thoughts on “And-Ones: Kaminsky, Draft, Warriors

  1. McConaughey'sLincoln

    Harrison Barnes is a great guy. He once bought my wife a couple drinks at a bar. Yeah I was there but I kept my distance cuz he was saving me a couple bucks.

  2. Dana Gauruder

    A lot of Pistons fans expected them to pick -M’s UTrey Burke in the lottery and were upset when KCP, a guy most had never heard of, was their selection. KCP isn’t a star but he does have his attributes and is certainly a better fit than Burke.

  3. smittybanton

    Scouts love big men with talent like Labissiere. But Jamal Murray is making a case for being the #2 prospect in the country.


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