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NBA Draft Recap

I would like start off by congratulating all 60 picks in this years NBA draft.  I’m going to discuss the potential future these young men have in the league.  Today I would like to narrow the scope and focus on the top 10 picks.

The number one draft pick this year was LSU’s Ben Simmons.  His future with Philadelphia certainly looks bright. Allen Iverson said it himself in an interview with ESPN.  He’ll be in Ben Simmons corner for anything he needs this season. May not seem like much but to have a Hall of Famer extend a helping hand seems to me like a bright future.  With his talent it’s no surprise that he’s the favorite to win Rookie of the Year.

Second pick Brandon Ingram from Duke should have plenty of room to grow as a player.  He has a lot of talent, but needs to add some strength. According to USA Today. the Lakers say if his Duke basketball evolution translates to professional ball then he’s found the right team. I personally think that with Kobe retiring there are some big shoes to fill in LA.  But that means this rookie will have plenty of opportunity.

After being drafted third by the Brooklyn Nets, Jaylen Brown was then later traded to the Boston Celtics.  I think he’ll see plenty of time in the rotation early on in the season. As long as Jaylen’s physical growth matches his motivation he will blend right in with the Boston franchise.

Big man Dragan Bender was the youngest player drafted at 18.  He was taken fourth overall and was the top international player. There is no doubt this guy has talent, but the Suns believe Bender will mature quickly as well.

As I approach the midway point on the top 10 NBA draft picks we hit our first point guard pick. Kris Dunn of Providence was taken fifth.   He should be able to learn from Ricky Rubio and alongn with Andrew Wiggins become a duo for first year coach Tom Thibodeau. They have a real shot at making the playoffs. Thibodeau says Dunn’s defensive efforts are something he wants to build on. Even with Rubio’s future being put into question across the media I think the addition of another point guard will help motivate him to work hard.

Sixth draft pick Buddy Hield entered the draft as the top college basketball player of 2016. The Pelicans hope that Hield brings a scoring threat to compliment Anthony Davis in the paint this upcoming season. The Pelicans don’t know early on if they are going to hold onto Hield so I hope he gives New Orleans a reason to keep him around.

Being picked by the Knicks seventh in the draft but later traded to Denver, Jamal Murray brings a boost to the Nuggets perimeter game.  Murray was coming off of a season at Kentucky where he hit 113 three-point shots.  That should give an indicator as to his potential in Denver.

The Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors, and Milwaukee Bucks finished off the top ten picks with forward Marquese Chriss, center Jakob Poeltl, and center Thon Maker. All of these guys should be good players at the professional level, but I don’t think any of them will have an immediate impact on the teams they are going to.

NBA Free Agent Predictions

The upcoming NBA season will see some changes in the lineup of every team. There are a number of players that are going to become free agents. Of course a lot of people are making predictions on which teams these players will sign with.  Once they do sign you can check out the CBS Sports free agent tracker to find who went where and for how much.  Let’s take a look at a few of the more popular players left to sign and give our thoughts as to where they might end up.

Deron Williams is set to be a free agent. He was making over five million dollars on his last contract. Currently he does not have offers from other teams but there is still plenty of time before the season is set to start.

Rajon Rondo is said to be on the market as a free agent. Rajon was making over 9 million dollars according to his last contract. Currently he does not have an offer but there are said to be many teams that are looking at him.  I think if he goes to a decent team he can really get them over the hump.

There are some players that are expected to see a change in their salaries. Dehantay Jones from the Cleveland Cavaliers was making around eight hundred thousand dollars. He did not see much playing time so was not making hardly anything. He is currently a free agent but has received offers for over a million dollars.

Jason Terry is another player that is a free agent. He was making just under a million dollars last season. He is currently still looking and at his age is looking at only one or two more years to collect a league paycheck.

Kevin Durant is an unrestricted free agent who is in his prime.  This is the guy that every team is after. He averaged 28 point per game with Oklahoma City and is currently making around 21 million per season.  If he stays with the Thunder they are a contender, if not then they will struggle to make the playoffs.

Many cannot believe this but LeBron James is on the market as a free agent.  However, there is next to no chance he leaves Cleveland. He just signs short term deals so he can cash in on the new television money that is coming into the league and increasing the salary caps.  Currently James is making around 23 million dollars per season. If there was no cap then he would make a ton more than that.

Hassan Whiteside is now a free agent. He scored around 14 points per games and can block just about any shot. He is making just under 1 million dollars a year playing for Miami and is looking to increase his playing time and the amount of money that he earns during the season.

These are just some of the free agents that will be in the NBA for the upcoming season. Free agents are often looking for additional playing time as well as more money to play the game. These free agents see to be on the right track to making more money and making their name known in the game of professional basketball.