In this week’s edition of “NBA News Today’, we have our opinions on the block-buster trade between the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings as well as the other big trades that occurred. There is also a profile on Knicks rookie Willy Hernangomez, who has been one of the bright spots for the New York this season. Also included are the NBA stat leaders for rookies and the entire NBA. Last but not least is our “NBA Draft News” section. We break down the top shooting guards that will be available in the 2017 NBA Draft. Welcome to “NBA News Today”.
NBA STATISTICAL LEADERS
We are listing the league leaders in points, rebounds, and assists. Statistics are as of Monday, 2-27-17.
1.RUSSELL WESTBROOK: 30.8 (OKC)
2.ISAIAH THOMAS: 29.7 (BOS)
3.JAMES HARDEN: 28.9 (HOU)
1.HASSAN WHITESIDE: 14.0 (MIA)
2.ANDRE DRUMMOND: 13.8 (DET)
3.DeANDRE JORDAN: 13.6 (LAC)
1.JAMES HARDEN: 11.3 (HOU)
2.JOHN WALL: 10.7 (WASH)
3.RUSSELL WESTBROOK: 10.2 (OKC)
As the weeks go by, we will start writing about the 2017 NBA Draft, which is held in June. We will have extensive coverage of the draft on our website. We write in-depth player profiles that are published every Monday. We will also have multiple mock drafts and much more. Anything and everything that you can want about the NBA Draft will be published at In The Gym Range.
This week we will be examining the shooting guards that are expected to be in the 2017 NBA Draft. While not as deep and talented as the point guard crop, there are a few players who have the potential to be drafted high. There is quality depth after Malik Monk and Dwayne Bacon. Josh Hart is the leading candidate for National Player of the Year while a few underclassmen have played excellent. Let’s take a look at the shooting guards who have first round draft pick potential.
LIKELY LOTTERY PICKS
DWAYNE BACON (FLORIDA STATE)
POTENTIAL 1ST ROUND PICKS
TERRANCE FERGUSON (PLAYING PROFESSIONALLY IN AUSTRALIA)
MONTE MORRIS (IOWA STATE)
The NBA trade deadline ended on February 23, 2017. There were a handful of trades that happened, which included a shocking blockbuster deal involving one of the best players in the NBA. We are going to voice our opinion on these trades. We would like for you to give us your opinion of these trades in the comment section.
COUSINS NOW A PELICAN AFTER SHOCKING TRADE
To say we were shocked about DeMarcus Cousins getting traded to New Orleans is an understatement. Not so much that the All-Star was traded. It was what the Sacramento Kings received in return for a franchise player.
New Orleans gave up rookie SG Buddy Hield, G/F Tyreke Evans, G Langston Galloway, and 2017 first and second round draft picks. While Hield has the potential to turn into a good NBA player, the others are role players at best in this point in their careers. We highly believe this trade is very one-sided favoring New Orleans. The Pelicans will now boast a front-court of Cousins and fellow All-Star Anthony Davis. These 2 will now give New Orleans the best front-court in the NBA.
What were the Kings thinking when making this trade? One can only think. This blockbuster of a trade might go down as one of the most lopsided deal in recent NBA history. To win in the NBA, a team must have at least 2 All-Stars. While the Pelicans have work to do in acquiring better talent, they achieved their goal of pairing 2 stars together. The future looks bright down in New Orleans.
The future of the Sacramento Kings doesn’t look as bright. We are stunned at the pieces Sacramento got in return. Hield is the only player that has a long-term future with the franchise. We have some sympathy for Kings fans. They deserve better. Let’s see if Kings management can move on from this disaster of a trade. Let’s hope for their sake that their first round pick they received in the deal turns out to be a real good NBA player.
NOEL HEADS TO DALLAS
Nerlens Noel is now a Dallas Maverick. The talented defensive menace got traded for C Andrew Bogut, G/F Justin Anderson, and 2 second round picks in the next two drafts. We believe Dallas got the better of this trade. What do you think about this trade?
P.J. TUCKER IS NOW A TORONTO RAPTOR
Verstile G/F P.J. Tucker is now a Raptor and will bring needed depth to Toronto’s bench. The veteran was traded by the Phoenix Suns for PF Jared Sullinger and 2 second round draft picks. Tucker is a very good defensive player who was averaging 7.1pts, and 6.1reb per game. Toronto is looking to make the Eastern Conference Finals this year and Tucker will bring a steady and veteran presence to the locker-room and on the court. What do you think about this trade?
Please leave all your comments in the section below for discussion.
Here are the top 3 rookie leaders in points, rebounds, and assists through Monday, 2-27-17. We are going to list the top 3 players who lead the league in points, rebounds, and assists.
2.DARIO SARIC: (PHILLY) 11.0
3.YOGI FERRELL: (DAL) 9.6
1.JOEL EMBIID: (PHIILY) 7.8
2.JUAN HERNANGOMEZ: (N.Y.) 6.0
3.DARIO SARIC: (PHILLY) 6.0
1.MALCOLM BROGDON: (MIL) 4.2
2.YOGI FERRELL: (DAL) 3.2
3. ISAIAH WHITEHEAD: (BKN) 2.9
HERNANGOMEZ A BRIGHT SPOT FOR THE KNICKS
Phil Jackson’s tenure of running the New York Knicks franchise the past few seasons has been very disappointing, to say the least. One positive was the drafting of Kristaps Porzingis in the 2015 NBA Draft. One other positive was the addition of Willy Hernangomez. The 22-year old from Spain was the 35th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, which was made by the 76ers. He was then traded to the Knicks on draft night.
The 6’11”, 240-pound PF has proven to be a steal and a player to keep an eye out for in the future. He is a very athletic big-man who has shown to be an aggressive rebounder. The youngster has also shown the ability to hit the mid-range jump-shot. He has brought much needed energy and youth to a New York team that is having another lackluster season.
Hernangomez is improving on a nightly basis. He looks to be in the future plans as the Knicks decide what they are going to do in the off-season to revamp their roster. His athletic ability and skills are going to get him more playing time as the end of the season nears. He looks to be a keeper and one of the few bright spots on Phil Jackson’s resume in New York.
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