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September 26, 2021

NBA Draft

Pelicans Rookie Trey Murphy III Is Supposed to Be Here

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Priya Desai Trey Murphy III bet big on himself, and it paid off. Heading into the 2020–21 season at Virginia, Murphy wasn’t a name found in many (or any) early mock drafts. But as the season came to an end,......

Early Big Board: Top Prospects to Watch for 2022 NBA Draft

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2021 NBA Offseason Awards

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The dust has settled after another whirlwind offseason, and we’re left entering next season with a deep crop of intriguing teams both in and out of the championship picture. The Suns will look to fend off the Nuggets, Jazz and a resurgent Lakers squad for the Western Conference crown, while......

Biggest Winners and Losers From the 2021 NBA Draft

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2021 NBA Draft: Grading Every First Round Pick

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The 2021 NBA draft has concluded. The Crossover’s draft expert Jeremy Woo graded every first-round pick.  1. Detroit Pistons: Cade Cunningham, G, Oklahoma State The Pistons took their time deciding what to do with the No. 1 pick, and ultimately settled on Cunningham, who has been my top-ranked prospect in......

Who impressed, underwhelmed and earned an “A” grade in the draft?

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The first three picks of the 2021 NBA draft went as planned: Cade Cunningham to the Detroit Pistons, Jalen Green to the Houston Rockets and Evan Mobley to the Cleveland Cavaliers. But then, starting with the fourth pick, chaos ensued, with intriguing selections and draft-night trades taking over the spotlight.......

NBA selects late Kentucky guard Clarke with pick

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10:02 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN Midway through the first round of Thursday night’s NBA draft, the league briefly paused its annual selection show to honor the late Terrence Clarke, the 19-year-old basketball prospect out of Kentucky who died in a car accident earlier this year. Commissioner Adam Silver paused the......

Report: Wizards Trade No. 22 Pick Jackson for Pacers’ Holiday

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Pick is in: Pistons go with Cunningham at No. 1

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8:10 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN The Detroit Pistons opened the 2021 NBA draft on Thursday night by taking Oklahoma State star Cade Cunningham. Cunningham, a 6-foot-8 guard from Dallas, now will be asked to try to lead the Pistons back into the playoff mix in the Eastern Conference. Detroit has......

How to Watch the 2021 NBA Draft

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NBA Mock Draft 7.0: Latest Projections and Rumors

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Jeremy Woo The 2021 NBA draft is upon us and beginning to crystalize, with teams making final preparations for Thursday’s event. And while there’s a sense of which players will come off the board first, the prospect of trades in......

Filip Petrušev’s Long-Winding Journey to the NBA

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTgyNzcxMTY1ODU1NzUzNjM1/filip-petrusev-nba-draft.jpg Lila Bromberg Filip Petrušev knew he had to do something. There was too much at stake. It was July 2020. Just a few months prior, he had earned West Coast Conference Player of the Year honors and led Gonzaga to the league’s tournament championship. But then COVID-19 cases erupted, abruptly ending......

The NBA Draft Media Circus Needs A Reboot

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James Bouknight Is Ready for the Moment

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When he takes the court—whether in the rugged and legendary parks of New York City or beating his defender with a quick-as-lightning first step to the basket on the hardwood—James Bouknight never backs down from competition. The grit and the determination, those traits define the player Bouknight has become. “That......

Analysis, intel and the latest mock draft: Everything you need to know for Thursday’s 2021 NBA draft

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The 2021 NBA draft has finally arrived! Who’s rising? Who’s falling? Will the Detroit Pistons take Oklahoma State star Cade Cunningham at No. 1? Is Cunningham more Khris Middleton … or Luka Doncic? Where will USC big man Evan Mobley get selected? Will the Oklahoma City Thunder begin to spend......

NBA Draft Big Board 5.0: Final Top 80 Prospect Rankings

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Jeremy Woo With the draft just days away and teams all but finished with draft preparation, so, too, are the Big Board rankings now final. As usual, this list is primarily based on my personal evaluations from live games and......

2021 NBA Draft Betting Markets, Odds and Sharp Steam Targets

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Frankie Taddeo With the NBA Draft taking place on Thursday, we can start to look towards the real excitement of the event: player betting proposition wagers! It appears to be a foregone conclusion that former Oklahoma State standout Cade Cunningham......

NBA Mock Draft: Latest Projections for All 60 Picks

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NBA Draft Big Board 4.0: Top 80 Prospect Rankings

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