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Friday, April 10, 2020

Articles tagged: Marvin Bagley III

Top 10 NBA Rookie of the Year candidates

Luka Doncic

Ben Simmons entered the 2017-18 season as Vegas’ favorite to win that year’s Rookie of the Year award – and he made the sportsbooks look wise. Simmons looked ready to dominate at the ripe age of 21, averaging 15.8 points, 8.2 assists, and 8.1 rebounds per game and helping the Sixers mount a late charge for East supremacy.

Many predicted the Aussie would claim that award, but few expected he’d be jockeying for the honor with Donovan Mitchell, who inexplicably fell to No. 13 in the 2017 draft. Jayson Tatum (the No. 3 pick) came in third, and though a fourth finalist wasn’t announced, we imagine Kyle Kuzma (No. 27) would’ve checked in next on the list.

So, which young star will shine the brightest this year? Here are 10 incoming rookies we think have the best shot of taking home the hardware in June 2019.

10. Harry Giles, Sacramento Kings

It seems everyone has forgotten about Giles, a top-three recruit in the Class of 2016 (the others at the top: Lonzo Ball and Josh Jackson). Everyone, that is, except for the Kings, who have sung his praises this offseason. After sitting out his rookie season, Giles made his debut at Summer League and performed well, consistently posting double-doubles and showing impressive ability to protect the rim. Vince Carter, who spent last season with Giles, recently told me he was surprised the Kings would go after another big (Marvin Bagley III) because Giles is going to be a problem. Expect a Harry Giles comeback story this season.


Report: Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley will be first two picks in draft

Deandre Ayton

Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bagley III are set to go 1-2 in the NBA Draft, according to a report.

Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania reported on Thursday that the Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings have locked in on their picks. The Suns are set to take Arizona’s Ayton, while the Kings are going to take Duke’s Bagley.

Ayton has long been viewed as Phoenix’s likely choice with the top pick, but there was a little more uncertainty surrounding the NO. 2 pick. Sacramento was also believed to be considering Luka Doncic.

If those two players are going 1 and 2, that creates a question for Atlanta at No. 3. The Hawks were said to be considering a trade down, perhaps with an eye on Trae Young. Will someone move up to get into position to draft Doncic?

10 NBA Draft prospects who will make an immediate impact

Luka Doncic

With Warriors-versus-Cavs 4.0 in the books, NBA fans are already obsessing over the offseason. Where will LeBron sign? Which other superstars could be on the move? Which contenders will morph into bottom-feeders, and vice versa?

In this wildly unpredictable league, it seems like anything could happen.

Before the July 1 commencement of free agency, however, teams are focused on the draft. Last year’s draft provided immediate-impact players for playoff teams like the Jazz (Donovan Mitchell), Celtics (Jayson Tatum), and Warriors (Jordan Bell). Other rookies, like Lonzo Ball and Lauri Markkanen, didn’t play for contenders, but they were starters from day one and had a significant influence on their team’s fortunes.

With this year’s draft fast approaching – it’s slated for Thursday, June 21 – we have identified 10 prospects who are positioned to immediately jump into the rotation and make an impact for their new teams.

10. Jalen Brunson, PG, Villanova

Brunson will never be a captivating highlight-reel guy. He plays below the rim, and there isn’t much flash in his game. But the guy possesses all the intangibles. He was the unquestioned leader on Jay Wright’s national title squad. Brunson, the Naismith Player of the Year and son of former NBA player Rick Brunson, is only 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, but he has a strong frame; no one is going to push him around. The junior from Illinois also possesses incredible basketball IQ and maturity. Don’t expect him to experience a rough transition to the pro level. He knows what he can and cannot do, and that self-awareness should position him for success.


Report: Marvin Bagley expected to sign huge shoe deal with Puma

Marvin Bagley

Marvin Bagley may be taking the road less traveled.

According to The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski, Bagley is going to sign a five-year deal with Puma that will give him a huge rookie shoe deal.

Krawczynski further reports that Puma is negotiating with other draft prospects in an effort to get into the basketball shoe game.

Bagley is a good place for them to start. He averaged 21 points and 11.1 rebounds per game as a freshman for Duke and was a double-double machine. He’s projected to be among the top picks in next week’s draft.

While Puma is a big international brand with many soccer, rugby, track, golf and motorsports athletes under their label, they have very little representation from America’s major sports. But they’re now looking to break into the NBA space, apparently.

Marvin Bagley: Talk about Deandre Ayton going first overall is ‘disrespectful’

Marvin Bagley

Former Duke star Marvin Bagley III thinks he’s being unjustly overlooked in the race to become the top overall pick in the NBA Draft.

With Arizona’s Deandre Ayton looking likely to go No. 1 to the Phoenix Suns, Bagley thinks he should be in that spot.

“Deandre, he’s going to do what he’s going to do. That’s his plan,” Bagley said, via ESPN and the Associated Press. “All I can do is control what I can control and do what I love to do and just show different teams what I’m capable of doing. I can’t really worry about what other people are doing at this point. This is an important time in my life right now, something I’ve been working toward my whole basketball career.

“It’s disrespectful and I use it as drive every single day,” Bagley added when asked about talk of Ayton going first. “At the end of the day, this is all talk right now. Eventually we’ll have to go on the court and we’ll have to play. That’s where all the talking ends.”

Bagley’s problem? Ayton is already acting and talking like he has assurances that he’ll be going first overall. Bagley may have to play with a chip on his shoulder.

Each Sweet 16 team’s most important player

Marvin Bagley

We’re down to 16 teams left vying for the national championship in college basketball, and each one has charted a very different path to get here. In a tournament filled with upsets, stars have emerged in unexpected places, and some teams now have dreams of playing in the Final Four that they might not have had last week.

Here are 16 key players — one for each team — who will have a big say in who makes it to the Elite Eight later this week.

1) Marvin Bagley III, Duke

After Rhode Island was bludgeoned 87-62 by the Blue Devils, Rams coach Dan Hurley remarked that going up against Duke was like facing an NBA team. That’s because Duke has a handful of NBA players, chief among them being Bagley. Out of all the players left in the tournament, the freshman may well have the most ability to take over any game he’s playing in.

Though he has yet to put up one of his notorious double-doubles in the tournament, Bagley has been remarkably consistent. He has scored 22 points in each game so far, adding seven rebounds against Iona and nine against Rhode Island. The Syracuse bigs are going to have a very tough time dealing with him.


10 future lottery picks to watch in the NCAA Tournament

Michael Porter Jr

After weeks of speculation about which teams would squeak in and who would be left out, after Joe Lunardi frantically updated his Bracketology predictions dozens of times, the NCAA Tournament is finally here.

Aside from the shocking upsets, the dramatic buzzer-beaters, and the emergence of unlikely heroes, one of the best parts of the tournament each year is getting the opportunity to watch future lottery picks — many of whom will be one-and-done — compete with each other at the collegiate level. The 2017 tournament included Kansas’ Josh Jackson, UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, Duke’s Jayson Tatum, Arizona’s Lauri Markkanen, and Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox, among others.

The top 11 picks in the NBA’s 2017 draft were freshmen or international players, and nine of them played in the tournament. One (Gonzaga’s Zach Collins) made it all the way to the Final Four.

So, which future NBA players should you keep an eye on as the tourney gets underway? Which prospects could blossom into household names this March? Here are 10 future lottery picks to watch.

10. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, G, Kentucky