NBA Prospects Rumors & News

  • Lakers' Brandon Ingram Claims to Have Never Missed a Free Throw in High School

    Bleacher Report "Brandon Ingram excelled at many things while wearing a Duke Blue Devils uniform, ultimately working his way into becoming the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. While there is a lot to love about his game, free throws aren't exactly a strong point for the 6'9" forward. It's not like he..." July 21

  • Celtics’ Guerschon Yabusele to play in China next season

    Boston Globe "Celtics forward Guerschon Yabusele, the 16th overall pick of last month’s NBA Draft, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to a league source. With bonuses, Yabusele could make up to $1.5 million next season, the source said. The..." July 21

  • Kevin Durant saying Brandon Ingram 'further along' than him is a stretch

    Sporting News "Kevin Durant reportedly made a comment to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters Tuesday about how Brandon Ingram is “even farther along than he was at that age.” That’s super nice of Kevin to say, but no. Well, if you want to frame the comment as “Ingram is much farther along to being a poor..." July 20

  • Buddy Hield was ‘pissed off’ about Summer League. That’s exactly what he needed

    SB Nation "Buddy Hield doesn’t need help to be motivated. He’s a self-made college sensation who shared a queen-sized bed with seven other family members growing up. He’s the No. 6 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, yet was taking jumpers on the Pelicans’ practice court just days after they selected him...." July 19

  • Brandon Ingram Plans To Seek Out Kevin Durant For Advice, But Not For What You Think

    Uproxx "Brandon Ingram had an up-and-down Summer League, but he did show flashes of the player the Lakers were expecting when they took him second overall in last month’s NBA Draft. Before the season starts, Ingram will have more opportunities to improve his game, as he was selected to be a member of..." July 18

  • Ben Simmons could make 76ers' grand tanking experiment pay off

    Yahoo! Sports "FantasyNFLMLBNBANHLTHE VERTICALRIOSoccerHelpUFC 200NCAAFNCAABEsportsGolfNASCARTennisRivalsBoxingCyclingWNBAHorse RacingNCAAWShop NBA HomeDraftFantasy BasketballScores/SchedulesStandingsStatsTeamsPlayersAdrian WojnarowskiBall Don't LieOddsVideoTickets Ben Simmons could make 76ers' grand tanking..." July 18

  • Summer school will continue for the Lakers' Brandon Ingram, who will train with the U.S. Select team

    Orange County Register "Everywhere Brandon Ingram turned, he could have easily noticed the finality approaching. The passionate Lakers crowd that dominated these Summer League games appeared smaller. After exerting his scoring superiority, Lakers second-year guard D’Angelo Russell dressed in street clothes and sat on..." July 17

  • Is Dragan Bender Good?

    Complex "Eighteen years ago, Dirk Nowitzki became the first foreign-born player to be chosen in the NBA Draft lottery without first attending college in the United States. Selected ninth-overall by the Milwaukee Bucks and subsequently traded to the Dallas Mavericks, Nowitzki was an unknown to American fans..." July 15

  • 76ers coach comes to Simmons' defense over criticism for resting

    The Score "Injury or not, Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons has earned more than his fair share of criticism for sitting out his last two summer league games. "You're 19," NBA legend Isiah Thomas said on NBA TV. "Earn your money, get on the floor and play." Sixers head coach Brett Brown quickly..." July 15

  • Mark Cuban cracks joke about '40-year-old' NBA rookie Thon Maker

    Fox Sports "Just a couple days after racking up 10 fouls in a game, Milwaukee Bucks rookie Thon Maker led his team with 17 points in a Summer League loss to the Dallas Mavericks Thursday. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was in the building to watch the game and joined the television broadcast, and Cuban was asked..." July 14

  • Isiah Thomas rips Ben Simmons for sitting out summer league game to rest

    Fox Sports "The Philadelphia 76ers announced that No. 1 draft pick Ben Simmons was sitting out Wednesday's summer league game to rest, and that got Isiah Thomas' attention. First, Thomas retweeted it. Then he went off on Simmons on NBA TV, ripping him for standing around taking selfies with fans and..." July 14

  • Milwaukee's Thon Maker was called for 10 fouls in a single game

    Fox Sports "The Milwaukee Bucks' 10th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft Thon Maker scored 10 points in a Summer League loss to the Grizzlies Monday in Las Vegas, but he also racked up 10 personal fouls in 30 minutes. The rules of the Summer League are different than in the NBA. Instead of a six-foul..." July 12

  • Denzel Valentine gushes over Ben Simmons: 'He's like a mini-LeBron'

    ESPN "After getting an up-close look at Philadelphia's Ben Simmons, Chicago rookie Denzel Valentine knows exactly whom the No. 1 overall pick reminds him of. "He's like a mini-LeBron," the Bulls' 14th overall pick said after facing Simmons for the first time as a pro Sunday. "LeBron's probably top..." July 11

  • Ben Simmons ready to be 'more assertive' for Sixers in Las Vegas summer league

    CSN Philly "Ben Simmons is a versatile, multidimensional player, so how do the Sixers hone in on one specific area of his game to work on during Las Vegas summer league? It has nothing to do with the position he is playing. “I want to see him be aggressive,” Sixers Samsung NBA Summer League coach Lloyd..." July 09

  • Will Ingram Be Next Superstar To Carry Lakers' Banner? "There's a large magnetic board in Mitch Kupchak's office containing the names of every player on the Laker roster, and what grabs him every morning is the name that's missing. "Not seeing him up there is not a great feeling," said the Laker general manager. "But I mean, really. We had him for..." July 09

  • Michael Porter Jr., Top Class of '17 Prospect, Throws Down In-Game Windmill Dunk

    The Big Lead "Michael Porter Jr. is a consensus top-5 high school basketball prospect in the class of 2017. Here he is showing off some of his ridiculous athletic ability by throwing down a windmill-ish dunk in traffic during a summer game. Porter has a few offers on the table, including one from Washington..." July 07

  • Brandon Ingram likes the pressure of taking Kobe Bryant’s locker

    Sportsnaut "The retirement of Kobe Bryant has left a vacancy in the Los Angeles Lakers’ locker room. That vacancy will be filled — literally — by the team’s first-round pick, Brandon Ingram, who now sits where Bryant sat for the past two decades. While taking Kobe’s locker may bring a good deal of..." July 05

  • Ben Simmons signs rookie deal with Sixers

    CSN Philly "It looks like it's offiical. Ben Simmons has signed his rookie deal and is a Sixer. Ben Simmons tweeted a picture of him signing his rookie deal late Saturday night, writing "happy to say I'm a part of the family #Sixers."" July 03

  • Why NBA players get paid so much more than NFL stars

    SB Nation "Among the loudest voices expressing shock over some of the massive deals signed on the first day of NBA free agency were NFL players. Ryan Wilson at CBS Sports has a good round-up. This example from DeAngelo Williams sums up the sentiment. Many sports fans — even many NBA fans, who have had..." July 02

  • This Australian Passport Might Put The Great Thon Maker Age Conspiracy To Rest Once And For All

    Dime Magazine "The Thon Maker saga may have finally reached its conclusion with the latest information concerning his age. The Milwaukee Bucks’ first-round pick has had his age questioned even before the draft, and the scrutiny only got worse after various photos and videos appeared online of an old yearbook..." June 29

  • Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid Among Early Favorites For NBA Rookie of the Year Award

    Liberty Ballers "The odds will likely swing dramatically throughout the summer, but NBA Rookie of the Year bets are flowing in, and the Sixers are fortunate to have the leader of the pack on their roster. Ben Simmons currently stands alone as the favorite for the award, listed at +325 according to Bovada. It..." June 28

  • The Spurs have never drafted a player like Dejounte Murray

    Pounding The Rock "It's only been five years since the draft of 2011, and the breakthrough of Kawhi Leonard onto the consciousness of the San Antonio fan. We didn't know what to make of him at first, and that summer's lockout didn't help us at all. But eventually we were able to get a good hard look at him, and..." June 28

  • How Nike landed shoe deal with No. 1 pick Ben Simmons

    USA Today "From the beginning of negotiations with Nike and Adidas for a shoe and apparel deal, Ben Simmons sought a lucrative contract beyond the norm for an NBA rookie, even for the player who was the No. 1 overall pick by Philadelphia in Thursday’s draft. Simmons’ representatives, Rich Paul and Mark..." June 28

  • The Bulls gave Michael Jordan's 'other' number to first-round pick

    Fox Sports "Former Michigan State star Denzel Valentine will wear Michael Jordan's old number for the Chicago Bulls - the one that isn't retired. Valentine wore the number 45 for the Spartans, and the Bulls revealed Monday that he'll be keeping it for his professional career. Valentine isn't the first Bull..." June 27

  • Valentine may crack rotation quickly as Bulls rebuild roster

    ESPN "During his time in Chicago for the NBA draft combine last month, Denzel Valentine made a smart career choice. The Michigan State alum discussed the "versatility" of his game and made reference to his close friend Draymond Green, the Spartan alum who has turned himself into one of the most valuable..." June 26

  • Murray prepared to follow path Spurs used to develop Leonard

    San Antonio Express-News "Draft pick says he’s ready to work on game By Tom Orsborn June 24, 2016 Updated: June 24, 2016 7:19pm 1 Dejounte Murray answers questions during an interview after being selected 29th overall by the San Antonio Spurs during the NBA draft on June 23, 2016, in New York. Photo:..." June 26

  • Spurs GM R.C. Buford talks about drafting Dejounte Murray

    Pounding The Rock "As the local media got our first chance to hear from Dejounte Murray, whom the Spurs had just drafted out of Washington with the 29th pick, we heard a familiar voice on the other end wrapping up a congratulatory call to the 19-year-old, a fellow who was a rather notable first-round pick himself as..." June 26

  • Bucks rookie Thon Maker denies rumors about being older than 19

    CBS Sports "The biggest surprise of draft night was certainly the selection of Thon Maker. The loophole preps-to-pros draftee was projected to go somewhere in the 20s or even into the early second round of the draft. Instead, the Milwaukee Bucks selected him at No. 10. There were rumors throughout draft day..." June 26

  • Ben Simmons' cousin killed in hit-and-run

    CBS New York "Police in Hoboken are investigating a deadly hit-and-run that claimed the life of a young man related to an NBA star. Zachary Simmons, 21, of Ramsey, was struck and killed by a black SUV around 3:30 a.m. Saturday at Willow Avenue and Sixth Street. The impact was so great witnesses reported..." June 26

  • Ben Simmons says he told LeBron he was excited to guard him, then LeBron flashed his trophy

    USA Today "Ben Simmons was a guest on The Dan Patrick Show on Friday after being picked No. 1 by the 76ers in the NBA Draft, and he revealed an amazing story about his most recent conversation with NBA champion and Finals MVP LeBron James. Simmons said he talked to James on Thursday night at his draft get..." June 25

  • Hornets Offering No. 22 Pick Attached To Jeremy Lamb Or Spencer Hawes

    Real GM Basketball "The Charlotte Hornets are offering the 22nd overall pick to any team that takes either Jeremy Lamb or Spencer Hawes into their cap space. Charlotte needs the additional cap space to sign their priority free agents." June 23

  • Suns' vital draft could start with Marquese Chriss

    Arizona Republic "The Suns’ draft night holds significance and impact for the franchise and the league. Only Boston can match the Suns’ load of four draft picks (Nos. 4, 13, 28 and 34) in Thursday night’s top 34 selections. The Suns have not held a draft position as lofty as No. 4 in 29 years, when they selected..." June 23

  • Kobe mentoring draft prospect Hield

    Sportsnaut "Buddy Hield may not know where he’s going to be drafted. But the University of Oklahoma star is seeking advice from a great source — Kobe Bryant. The future Hall of Fame guard has been counseling the soon-to-be NBA rookie. “He’s been a huge influence with the way he told me to approach the..." June 23

  • 76ers draft Ben Simmons No. 1

    SB Nation "The Philadelphia 76ers have selected LSU forward Ben Simmons with the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. After three straight seasons of losing on a grandiose scale, the Sixers hope Simmons will be the franchise player that can help them take a big step forward in their rebuild. The addition of..." June 23

  • Lakers select Duke's Brandon Ingram with second-overall pick in NBA draft

    Los Angeles Times "The Lakers hoped to find a cornerstone of their future by selecting Brandon Ingram with the second pick in the NBA draft Thursday. Ingram is a reed-thin small forward who shot extremely well in his only season at Duke, making 80 three-pointers on 41% accuracy behind the arc. He averaged 17.3..." June 23

  • Celtics select Jaylen Brown with No. 3 pick in 2016 NBA draft

    SI "The Celtics selected California small forward Jaylen Brown with the No. 3 pick in the 2016 NBA draft. Brown earned McDonald's All-America honors coming out of high school and was considered by some to be the No.1 player in his recruiting class. He chose to attend California over Kansas,..." June 23

  • Suns draft Dragan Bender with 4th pick

    SB Nation "With the fourth pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Phoenix Suns selected Dragan Bender, an 18-year-old Croatian power forward who spent last season playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli league. Bender is a a little raw as a prospect, but he's worthy of a high selection thanks to his tools..." June 23

  • Wolves Select Kris Dunn with 5th Overall Pick

    Canis Hoopus "With the 5th overall pick, the Minnesota Timberwolves have selected Kris Dunn, the point guard out of Providence. Dunn was a four-year starter for the Friars and was named Big East Player of the Year during his junior and senior seasons. This past season Dunn averaged 16.4 points, 6.2 assists,..." June 23

  • Buddy Hield taken 6th by Pelicans

    SB Nation "With the sixth overall pick in the NBA Draft, the New Orleans Pelicans have selected Buddy Hield, the college basketball sensation who led Oklahoma to the Final Four last season. Four years at Oklahoma means Hield will turn 23 just a month into his NBA career, but his polished game is one of..." June 23

  • Report: Sixers in talks with Celtics, Timberwolves, Kings for lottery pick

    The Score "The Philadelphia 76ers are working hard to land a second lottery pick. The Sixers have recently had "significant engagement" with the Boston Celtics (No. 3 pick), Minnesota Timberwolves (No. 5), and Sacramento Kings (No. 8), sources told The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski." June 23

  • Some teams believe Thon Maker is older than 19

    The Score "Some NBA teams have ruled high school prospect Thon Maker out of the first round of the draft because they believe he is between 21-23 years old - not 19 as documented - according to Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated and Liberty Ballers. Maker is one of the wild cards of Thursday's..." June 23

  • NBA draft sleepers: Five underrated players ready to make an impact

    SI "Ben Simmons “secretly” worked out for the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday morning before his Instagram photo permeated the entire internet. Jeff Teague and George Hill changed teams shortly after the NBA’s annual draft media day. About an hour later, the Chicago Bulls dealt their prodigal son..." June 23

  • Suns' Bogdanovic will remain overseas next season

    Arizona Republic "The Suns were exploring bringing Bogdanovic, their 2014 first-round draft pick, to Phoenix for the 2016-17 season but Bogdanovic opted to remain with his Fenerbahce club in Turkey. The Suns will retain Bogdanovic's rights but he will no longer be subject to the rookie contract scale of 2014 if..." June 23

  • Report: Suns shopping Eric Bledsoe, may draft Kris Dunn to replace him

    Larry Brown Sports "The Phoenix Suns could be poised to make significant changes in the coming weeks. According to Sean Deveney of the Sporting News, Eric Bledsoe is “firmly on the trading block,” with the Suns in search of frontcourt help. They may replace Bledsoe with Providence’s Kris Dunn, whom they are..." June 23

  • Kris Dunn says his experience trumps one-and-done prospects in NBA Draft

    Sporting News "Kris Dunn spent four years in college basketball, played in 95 games and two NCAA Tournaments for coach Ed Cooley and the Providence Friars, scored 1,214 points and endured two shoulder surgeries. He insists four-is-more beats one-and-done. “I learned so much about the game that I feel like..." June 22

  • Hawks Shopping First Round Picks

    Hoops Rumors "The Hawks, who now hold the No. 12 and No. 21 overall picks in Thursday’s NBA Draft, are shopping both selections in an effort to free up more cap flexibility to re-sign center Al Horford this summer, Marc Stein of reports (Twitter links). Horford, 30, is set to become an unrestricted..." June 22

  • Skal Labissiere: '6 months at Kentucky is equivalent to 5 years at another school'

    The Score "Skal Labissiere doesn't have a degree, but he believes the one-year crash course he received at Kentucky might as well be worth one on the basketball court. "People say that six months at Kentucky doesn't prepare you for the NBA, but the way I see it, talking to other guys from other schools,..." June 22

  • Lakers Plan On Selecting Brandon Ingram 2nd Overall

    Real GM Basketball "The Los Angeles Lakers plan on selecting Brandon Ingram with the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, barring a last minute blockbuster trade. The Lakers spent three hours huddled with new head coach Luke Walton on Tuesday night before signaling to multiple league sources that Ingram..." June 22

  • Jahlil Okafor Could Be Headed To The Celtics For The No. 3 Pick In The Draft

    Dime Magazine "Jahlil Okafor’s first season with the Philadelphia 76ers went pretty poorly. After winning the national title with perennial powerhouse Duke, Okafor joined a historically pitiful roster and struggled to adjust to both the basketball and real-life obstacles of an early NBA life. He got into..." June 22

  • 76ers inform Simmons he'll be taken 1st overall following workout

    The Score "Despite previous reports that he wouldn't be working out for any teams prior to the 2016 NBA Draft, LSU freshman Ben Simmons has given the franchise in possession of the No. 1 overall pick a private look at what he can bring to the table. The 19-year-old forward took part in a workout for the..." June 22

2014 NBA Draft Results

# Team Player School/Team
1 76ers Ben Simmons Louisiana State
2 Lakers Brandon Ingram Duke
3 Celtics Jaylen Brown California
4 Suns Dragan Bender Maccabi Tel Aviv
5 Timberwolves Kris Dunn Providence
6 Pelicans Buddy Hield Oklahoma
7 Nuggets Jamal Murray Kentucky
8 Suns* Marquese Chriss Washington
9 Raptors Jakob Poeltl Utah
10 Bucks Thon Maker Orangeville Prep
Full NBA Draft Results