2019 Nba Draft

16 Jul 19
Stevie Cozens - Sports Journalist

The Minnesota Timberwolves rolled into the off-season with a spring in their step. After Gersson Rosas was hired as the new President of basketball operations in May, fans had reason to be optimistic about a long term vision for the franchise. Rosas activity in the draft and free agency have meant the Timberwolves are no […]

16 Jul 19
LILLIE ROSS

CLOSEOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Yosef Maaroof wanted one more Russell Westbrook memory in Oklahoma City.When he learned Thursday night the…

16 Jul 19
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16 Jul 19
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Yosef Maaroof wanted one more Russell Westbrook memory in Oklahoma City. When he learned Thursday night the Thunder were planning to send Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul and draft picks, the 20-year-old Tulsa resident planned to make the two-hour drive to Oklahoma City with friends. They wanted to […]

16 Jul 19
New York City Ticketron

The New York Liberty’s leading scorer was nominated for her third straight All-Star squad. Tina Charles will join Kia Nurse in Las Vegas. New York Liberty frontcourt star Tina Charles was one of a dozen athletes named to the 2019 WNBA All-Star Game’s reserves list. This invitation is her seventh in nine WNBA seasons. .@tinacharles31, […]

16 Jul 19
New York City Ticketron

Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen overmatched his competition in Summer League and was recognized for his efforts. Good news for the Brooklyn Nets, who were hoping to get some improvement from former first-round pick Jarrett Allen this year. After this year’s Las Vegas Summer League, Allen was selected to the Summer League First Team. Allen […]

16 Jul 19
New York City Ticketron

The New York Liberty’s leading scorer was nominated for her third straight All-Star squad. Tina Charles will join Kia Nurse in Las Vegas. New York Liberty frontcourt star Tina Charles was one of a dozen athletes named to the 2019 WNBA All-Star Game’s reserves list. This invitation is her seventh in nine WNBA seasons. .@tinacharles31, […]

16 Jul 19
Twin Cities
The Timberwolves just claimed runner-up honors in the NBA Summer League, winning their first six games before falling to Memphis by three points in the title game Monday to conclude the 10-day event in Las Vegas. So what? That’s an obvious, and fair, question asked by the masses whenever a team achieves a high level of success in any form of exhibition play. What does the success of a team of young players — some of whom won’t sniff the NBA — mean for the future of the franchise? The Wolves’ two 2019 draft picks — Jarrett Culver and Jaylen Nowell — didn’t even play. Regardless, past history has shown an organization’s Summer League success hasn’t necessarily been an indication for a franchise’s future direction. Still, the last 10 days of play is far from meaningless. Consider it the new regime’s opening statement. “I think we saw what we want to build moving forward,” Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders said in a phone interview late Monday night, “and have it be a sustainable model.” Saunders didn’t coach the Summer League team, but was in Las Vegas for the league’s duration and was active at the team’s practices. He seems to view the July exhibition season as a Petri dish to test ideas and strategies that could potentially be used during the NBA campaign. “You want to win every game — we’re competitors — but you also want to try different things, you want to try different ways of doing things,” Saunders said. “So that once the regular season hits, you actually have somewhat of a sample size.” Most everything the Wolves tried over the past 10 days worked. Those who watched were enthralled with the way Minnesota played. The summer Wolves were polar opposites of the NBA team fans have watched in recent years, and an example of what Saunders, new basketball boss Gersson Rosas and co. hope their team will be for years to come. Minnesota got many of its shots impeccable, rapid ball movement that lends itself to aesthetically pleasing basketball and, more importantly, open looks. Where on the floor those looks were coming from matters. The Timberwolves have been crucified for their inability to adapt to the game’s analytics-driven approach that values basketball’s most efficient shots — 3-pointers, layups and free-throws. Minnesota has ranked near the league’s basement in 3-point makes and attempts for years. The summer Wolves, led by new Timberwolves assistant coach Pablo Prigioni — who will help Saunders run Minnesota’s offense — all but eliminated mid-range shots from their repertoire. It was very Houston Rockets-esque, and all seemingly by design. The Wolves, as Rosas put it last week to reporters, were “playing faster … playing more efficient” and “getting good shots, so it’s fun.” “Valuing shots, that’s something that I’ve always been wanting to do, then Gersson is reinforcing it from a great model in Houston, it’s a big positive,” Saunders said. “The shot selection, we’ve been really, really emphasizing that, and then also moving the ball with the pass. I think we’ve had great ball movement all Summer League.” Will the offense this fall be the same as what Prigioni drew up for the past two weeks? No. The summer Wolves didn’t have Karl-Anthony Towns. “You’ve got to adjust with the players that you have and adapt,” Saunders said. “[Towns] should be getting the ball at different spots. So you have these things that you find out in Summer League, maybe with other groups and other lineups. I think there will be a lot of similarities, but I also think there will be some adjustments.” On the other end, Minnesota surrendered fewer than 82 points per game, sixth-best in Summer League action. It was a welcomed performance for a franchise whose NBA team hasn’t consistently collected stops in 15 years. “Not a lot of teams play defense in Summer League,” Rosas said last week, “and our guys are doing it.” Not a lot of Summer League teams have benches that show the enthusiasm the Wolves showed throughout. Not a lot of Summer League teams have the buy-in Minnesota had from the top of its roster to the bottom. That all fits into the culture the Wolves believe they’re building in Minnesota. Rosas noted how passionate Minnesota’s coaching staff is, adding the product the Wolves’ Summer League team put on the court was a product of the work it did from its minicamp in Minneapolis to its practices in Las Vegas. The early returns on the Wolves’ new processes are positive. It’s all why Saunders thinks this year’s Summer League run generates more momentum for the franchise as a whole than the run he led the summer Wolves on in 2016, when Minnesota also reached the title game. “Because it’s a very new system, just a new way of doing things,” Saunders said. “Not against any other way, it’s just a different way of doing things. I think we found some things that we really feel are going to be positive for us in the future that can propel us. We know it’s not going to be an overnight thing, but we feel good about where we think an identity can go.” Those are all what Saunders called “team and cultural positives.” Summer League also offered many “individual positives.” Mitch Creek, Keita Bates-Diop and Josh Okogie were all on the Timberwolves’ roster last season. Bates-Diop and Okogie will certainly be on Minnesota’s opening night roster. All three players were impressive over the past 10 days. It wasn’t just them. Kelan Martin led the team in points (12.9) and rebounds (6.6) and big man Naz Reid — whom the team has inked to a two-way deal — stood out thanks to his vast array of offensive skills.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] “We feel like we found some talent,” Saunders said. That’s what a team like Minnesota has to do. Many of the young, talented players who made an impact at Summer League will be present at Timberwolves’ training camp. The competition they’ll create is more than welcome in Minnesota. The bar, the Wolves hope, is on its way up. “Every player that we sign, have traded for, drafted, I told them, I had a conversation that there’s nothing guaranteed,” Saunder said. “We’re going to have a competitive training camp. It’s going to be where there’s minutes available and where there’s roles available [to be won]. I’m a firm believer that the coach doesn’t determine the playing time. Ultimately, it’s based on the work you put in.”
16 Jul 19
New York City Ticketron

Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen overmatched his competition in Summer League and was recognized for his efforts. Good news for the Brooklyn Nets, who were hoping to get some improvement from former first-round pick Jarrett Allen this year. After this year’s Las Vegas Summer League, Allen was selected to the Summer League First Team. Allen […]

16 Jul 19
LILLIE ROSS

David Cobb, Memphis Commercial Appeal Published 11:28 p.m. ET July 15, 2019 | Updated 11:43 p.m. ET July 15, 2019CLOSE…

16 Jul 19
Sideline Seat Sports

The Grizzlies have been a punchline the past few years in Memphis. They’ve been notorious for bad draft picks, signing elder free agents, and underachieving. As the “Grit N Grind” era came to an end as the final piece Mike Conley was shipped out to Utah this offseason. The Grizzlies took Murray State PG JA […]

16 Jul 19
The Rookie Wire

The top-five highest ratings among rookies in ‘NBA 2K20’ followed the exact order of the NBA Draft last month.

16 Jul 19
Pro Sports Fandom

The Philadelphia 76ers have made a ton of roster moves this offseason. The latest one they made was by giving forward Ben Simmons a five-year contract extension worth $170 million, according to Simmons’s agent Rich Paul who confirmed it to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. This contract extension will not begin until after the 2019-2020 season. Simmons […]

16 Jul 19
Ivy Hoops Online

Miye Oni is under contract as a Jazzman. The Utah Jazz announced Monday that the team signed Oni to a contract, giving Oni an opportunity to keep his momentum toward a NBA career going after the Jazz got him in the NBA Draft last month with the No. 58 pick via a trade with the […]

16 Jul 19
Arcynewsy

The biggest and baddest duo in NBA 2K20 is… LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers. The average rating between the two All-NBA-caliber players is 95.5, for Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoint. JUST IN: LeBron James and Anthony Davis are the highest rated NBA 2K20 duo with an average overall rating of 95.5.#Lakers […]

16 Jul 19
WGN-TV

[ooyala player_id=”5d88305d0c6c47eabc12e43063a41c69″ auto=”true” width=”1920″ height=”1080″ pcode=”trOTQyOtBWYGl88XLal1pDam4Q-4″ code=”pvYzg2aTE6YZImy-nFa_L8wfDvVwE6jc”] CHICAGO – Now is the time where most people in the NBA can take a breath. The major offseason moves have been made, with Russell Westbrook getting dealt from the Thunder to the Rockets to reunite with James Harden this past week. As for the Bulls, they made […]