NBA Prospects Rumors & News

  • NBA Draft Big Board: Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram vie for No. 1

    CBS Sports "Ben Simmons has company at the top of the 2016 NBA Draft. Last time around, I noted that the race for the No. 1 overall pick was heating up as Duke's Brandon Ingram had been making a bit of a leap forward by the time mid-December rolled around. Well, that race is on in earnest, folks. Folks..." February 04

  • Breaking Down Pro Future of Duke's Brandon Ingram

    Bleacher Report "The emergence of Duke freshman Brandon Ingram has become one of the more exciting talking points of the 2016 NBA draft discussion. A consensus top-five recruit (ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports), Ingram, who told the Charlotte Observer's Langston Wertz Jr. last March he would likely have gone to North..." January 25

  • The NCAA is actually considering new NBA Draft rules more favorable for student athletes

    SB Nation "The NCAA will consider a proposal that would push back the date for when men's college basketball players must declare for the NBA Draft, according to NCAA Associate Director of Public and Media Relations Michelle Brutlag Hosick. The current declaration date is the day before the start of the..." January 12

  • Don't Write Off Skal Labissiere as a Top NBA Draft Prospect Just Yet

    Bleacher Report "A slow start from Kentucky's Skal Labissiere has led to some early panic and criticism. We haven't witnessed what the NBA mock draft boards and recruiting rankings suggested we would. Labissiere, who'd been viewed as a potential top pick in June, has come off the bench to average just 9.2 points..." January 05

  • All Eyes on Kentucky’s Skal Labissiere and Jamal Murray at CBS Sports Classic

    Sheridan Hoops "Several teams in the NBA cellar had representatives on hand to watch Kentucky’s Skal Labissiere and Jamal Murray at the CBS Sports Classic. Suffice to say it was Murray whose stock rose the most despite Kentucky’s loss to Ohio State. 76ers GM Sam Hinkie, Pelicans GM Dell Demps and other NBA..." December 21

  • Kristaps Porzingis is legitimizing a Knicks’ starting 5 swap

    New York Post "Dirk Nowitzki was the first one to point it out Monday, saying how dangerous the Knicks are offensively when starting center Robin Lopez is out and 7-foot-3 rookie phenom Kristaps Porzingis is moved to the “5” position. Nowitzki said it stretches the floor and makes the Knicks harder to..." December 12

  • Jahlil Okafor Tried Using a Fake I.D.

    CSN Philly "It’s been a rough week for Jahlil Okafor and the Sixers. With each report concerning the conduct of the Sixers’ rookie and his teammates, questions abound about the way the organization has handled a roster full of young players. In late October, Okafor allegedly presented a fake I.D. at..." November 30

  • Jahlil Okafor tweets that he 'owns my choices,' focused on team

    ESPN "Philadelphia 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor took to Twitter on Sunday to say he "owns my choices" and said he "doesn't want to be a distraction for his team" going forward. His tweets come after he was stopped by police on the Ben Franklin Bridge about three weeks ago for going 108 mph, The..." November 29

  • Report: Okafor stopped for 108 mph on bridge

    ESPN "Off-the-court incidents continue to mount for Philadelphia 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor. Okafor was stopped by police on the Ben Franklin Bridge about three weeks ago for going 108 mph, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Going over 40 mph on the bridge, which spans the Delaware River and connects..." November 29

  • Boston police investigating fight involving 76ers’ Jahlil Okafor

    Washington Post "The Boston Police Department announced Friday that it will investigate a street fight that took place early Thanksgiving morning involving Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor, and according to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer, the incident wasn’t the rookie’s first. The third overall..." November 29

  • Jahlil Okafor had gun pulled on him in another altercation in October

    Pro Basketball Talk "Apparently Sixers’ star rookie Jahlil Okafor‘s altercation outside a nightclub in Boston earlier this week — one for which he apologized, and there will be no law enforcement action — was not his only altercation since training camp opened. Okafor had a gun pulled on him back in October,..." November 28

  • Byron Scott and D'Angelo Russell disagree on his 4th quarter playing time, development

    Silver Screen And Roll "The Los Angeles Lakers received a royal beatdown from the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night, losing 111-77 in a game that did not even feel that close as Golden State extended their season opening win streak to an NBA record 16 games. Lakers rookie point guard D'Angelo..." November 25

  • Ben Simmons Considered Consensus No. 1 Prospect For 2016

    Real GM Basketball "Ben Simmons ranks No. 1 on ESPN's Big Board for the 2016 NBA Draft. "Anyone that doesn't have Simmons No. 1 [on their draft board] should be fired," one longtime GM with a great draft track record told ESPN on Monday. Fifty-one NBA scouts and execs attended Simmons' game in Brooklyn on..." November 25

  • ‘Big brother’ Carmelo already talking NBA titles with Porzingis

    New York Post "Carmelo Anthony never objected to Knicks president Phil Jackson selecting Kristaps Porzingis at No. 4, but had told insiders he wouldn’t have minded Duke swingman Justise Winslow or Arizona forward Stanley Johnson at that slot either. Of course, Anthony is ecstatic how it is playing out for the..." November 23

  • Kristaps Porzingis already could be Knicks’ franchise-turning building block

    New York Post "There are times when you can see Kristaps Porzingis still has a lot of work to do on his game. His offensive moves in the paint with his back to the basket will need an offseason to fully develop. And there are times where he still gets shoved around by smaller men. But there’s plenty..." November 22

  • Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis admits he’s not a fan of his ‘Zinger’ nickname

    New York Daily News "Don't call him Zinger. Kristaps Porzingis couldn’t really pinpoint why other than a bad first impression, but the Knicks’ rookie sensation is not a fan of one of his more common nicknames. He prefers “K.P.” but seems open to suggestions. “I don’t like Zinger too much,” he said, citing the..." November 20

  • NBA sells out of Kristaps Porzingis jerseys

    Larry Brown Sports "At this point, 20-year-old Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis may actually be hotter than sliced bread. With putback dunks so thunderous that entire nations bow at his feet, buzzer-beaters so godly that they refuse to subscribe to the laws of time and space, and physical measurements so silly you’d..." November 20

  • How a grateful Kristaps Porzingis plans to spend 1st Thanksgiving

    New York Post "Kristaps Porzingis always heard about Thanksgiving but never about the turkey. Next Thursday, as the Knicks fly back from their upcoming four-game road trip, Porzingis will experience his first Thanksgiving in his Westchester home. His mother, Ingrida, his father, Talis, and two brothers will..." November 19

  • Hornets Rookie Frank Kaminsky Thinks Michael Jordan Could Beat Him One-On-One

    Complex "Michael Jordan is 52 years old. Frank Kaminsky is 22 years old. And with that in mind, the Hornets rookie officially went on the record Thursday believing the man who signs his checks could beat him in a game of one-on-one. Appearing on The Dan Patrick Show, Kaminsky, who was selected..." November 19

  • Kristaps Porzingis giving Knicks hope they haven't had in a long time

    CBS Sports "He was compared to Shawn Bradley... by his own GM. He tried to warn us how good he is... before the draft. He's got the respect of veterans... even the Black Mamba. A week after missing a game winnner vs. the Hornets by a half-second... he dropped 29 points, 11 rebounds, and one block..." November 18

  • Jahlil Okafor Injured By Teammate, May Need Stitches

    Liberty Ballers "It's hard to think this was the rookie season Jahlil Okafor envisioned when he was drafted by the Sixers. Although his personal statistics are good, Philadelphia is now 0-11, and struggling to find the answers to turn this season around. To make matters worse, it seems like Okafor was the..." November 18

  • Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis not fazed by Big Apple expectations: ‘I love pressure’

    Yahoo! Sports "Kristaps Porzingis didn't even need a dozen games for those same fans who rudely greeted his arrival at the NBA draft with resounding boos to suddenly turn him into New York's latest sensation, a 7-foot-3 Latvian fascination, carrying the hope of the future every time he steps on the..." November 17

  • Lakers need to free D'Angelo Russell, even if he's not that good yet

    Sporting News "The Los Angeles Lakers need to take a page out of the Denver Nuggets’ playbook. Yes, you read that correctly. The Nuggets are still working on their first trip to a Finals, meaning they’ve never won a title and probably never will come close to matching the Lakers’ 16 championships, even if the..." November 17

  • How Kristaps Porizingis is trying to accelerate learning curve

    New York Post "The most exciting moment of a surprisingly fascinating start to the Knicks season was extinguished in an instant; the most memorable shot never officially occurring, forever floating on the periphery of the box score. Less than a week ago, Kristaps Porzingis stepped out beyond the 3-point line..." November 17

  • Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis squashing your stereotypes with his putback dunks

    New York Daily News "Kristaps Porzingis knows what you were thinking, your assumption based on stereotypes: he's just a skinny white kid, a European basketball player. The formula equates to soft. Porzingis doesn't mind those preconceived assessments. He responds like any reasonable 7-3 elite athlete with something..." November 12

  • Lakers Were Concerned Kristaps Porzingis Might Take Too Long To Develop

    Real GM Basketball "The Los Angeles Lakers selected D'Angelo Russell over Kristaps Porzingis with the second overall pick. "I liked him because he’s athletic, can shoot the ball. From what we saw, he was able to shoot it from 3-point range pretty easily," Byron Scott said. "He’s a young kid that in the workouts..." November 09

  • Wizards’ Kelly Oubre fined $15,000 for obscene gesture

    Pro Basketball Talk "Wizards rookie Kelly Oubre has barely touched the court for Washington (he’s played one minute this season), but he has now learned his first valuable lesson as a rookie: The cameras catch everything. When Bradley Beal hit a game-winner to beat the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday night, from the..." November 06

  • Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis: I have to avoid 'stupid fouls'

    ESPN "This season will be full of learning experiences for Kristaps Porzingis. Lesson No. 1 arrived late Wednesday night in Cleveland. The New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers were tied 75-75 when Porzingis picked up his fifth foul and headed to the bench. He returned four minutes later, but it..." November 05

  • Continuing problem overshadows another Porzingis highlight reel

    New York Post "It wasn’t his neck, but it was foul trouble that limited the night for 7-foot-3 rookie Kristaps Porzingis in his first match against LeBron James. Massages, icing and mental exercises allowed him to play, but five fouls had him sitting early and then late. “I just got to be smarter,’’..." November 05

  • Kristaps Porzingis wants to play in Knicks' game vs. Cavaliers

    New York Daily News "Kristaps Porzingis’ only experience playing against LeBron James involves a made-up character in video games, but that’ll probably change Wednesday night in Cleveland. The rookie recovered nicely from his collision with teammate Carmelo Anthony and is listed as probable for his first encounter..." November 04

  • Emmanuel Mudiay to use Byron Scott criticism as motivation vs. Lakers

    CBS Sports "In need of a point guard, the Los Angeles Lakers selected D'Angelo Russell No. 2 overall in June's NBA Draft. The Lakers considered using their pick to select Emmanuel Mudiay but after his pre-draft workout, head coach Byron Scott "didn't think he was a true point guard" and "didn't think he was a..." November 04

  • Kendall Jenner Not Dating D'Angelo Russell ... 'Just Friends'

    TMZ "L.A. Lakers star rookie D'Angelo Russell is not keeping up with the Kardashians -- or banging one of them -- with sources telling TMZ Sports he and Kendall Jenner are just friends. Rumors have been swirling that the two are in the early stages of a relationship ... which is why she was..." November 03

  • Porzingis suffers soft tissue injury to neck after Anthony lands on him

    The Score "New York Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis left Monday night's 94-84 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in the fourth quarter after teammate Carmelo Anthony appeared to land on his head or neck. The 7-foot-2 Latvian stayed down for a few minutes before being taken to the locker room. A concussion was..." November 03

  • D’Angelo Russell, Kendall Jenner rumored to be dating

    Larry Brown Sports "D’Angelo Russell has been with the Los Angeles Lakers for just over four months, but it didn’t take long for the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft to find his name plastered all over gossip publications. When you are linked to a member of the Kardashian/Jenner clan, word tends to spread..." November 02

  • Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell not assured of starting spot

    L.A. Daily News "The Lakers could not resist taking him with their No. 2 pick. Lakers coach Byron Scott has compared his on-court presence to Magic Johnson and Chris Paul. The Lakers believe he could become the franchise’s next cornerstone. But amid all that preseason hype, rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell..." October 27

  • George Karl says Willie Cauley-Stein will ‘probably’ start to open season

    Larry Brown Sports "The Sacramento Kings’ mad science experiment is finally beginning to take shape. On Saturday, head coach George Karl said that rookie big man Willie Cauley-Stein will “probably” start the team’s season opener next Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers, per Sean Cunningham of ABC10..." October 25

  • Okafor-Noel Pairing Possible Due To Their Passing Ability

    Real GM Basketball "Brett Brown had Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel practice against each other throughout training camp and the preseason, but he had them play together ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers' final preseason game. "It's coming along really good," Noel said. "I think we're meshing better and better. We..." October 22

  • Kristaps Porzingis gets the starting nod for Knicks

    New York Post "If there was any doubt, Kristaps Porzingis is expected to be the Knicks starting power forward on opening night in Milwaukee. Knicks coach Derek Fisher said he expects the 7-3 Latvian to start in the preseason finale in Boston on Thursday along with Jose Calderon, Arron Afflalo, Carmelo Anthony..." October 21

  • Will Fisher mess with Knicks’ chemistry for struggling Porzingis?

    New York Post "While much of New York has been chanting “Let’s Go Mets,” the Knicks quietly have gone about their preseason business with surprising efficiency. Save for coach Derek Fisher’s backyard brawl in Los Angeles with Matt Barnes during the coach’s weekend leave, the Knicks have shown more chemistry..." October 20

  • D'Angelo Russell Would Let Nike Sell His Sneakers for $15

    Complex "With just days to go until the start of the 2015-16 NBA regular season, many eyes are already fixated on second overall draft pick D'Angelo Russell. The Lakers rookie, who was quickly scooped up by Nike over the summer, recently bumped into TMZ and was asked if he's planning to "go the Stephon..." October 20

  • Knicks plan to start Kristaps Porzingis at power forward opening night

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Knicks liked Kristaps Porzingis enough to draft him No. 4 overall. They liked his summer performance. And after a relatively pedestrian preseason, they still like him. Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News on New York coach Derek Fisher: Fisher started preseason with Porzingis as..." October 19

  • Kristaps Porzingis making progress despite growing pains

    New York Daily News "Give Kristaps Porzingis this: the kid is confident. It’s especially noticeable in interviews, the way the giant 20-year-old brushes off any suggestions of pressure or potential struggles. Nothing, it outwardly seems, is a prohibitive obstacle. The NBA, the stronger frontcourt opposition, the..." October 19

  • Report: Jahlil Okafor might not be fully healthy for opening night "IF THERE IS one thing 76ers fans are used to, it's having their centers' arrival delayed. From Andrew Bynum to Nerlens Noel to Joel Embiid, and now Jahlil Okafor? Bynum never took the court after a blockbuster trade in the summer of 2012, Noel was shut down his first season while recovering..." October 15

  • Kristap Porzingis’ injury becoming more problematic for Knicks

    New York Post "If 7-foot-3 Knicks rookie project Kristaps Porzingis doesn’t return to practice Thursday, the chances of him missing half of the Knicks’ six preseason games become very real. Porzingis sat out Wednesday’s practice after being held out of Monday’s exhibition with a upper quadriceps strain. Coach..." October 15

  • Early Impressions of Rookie Justise Winslow "All you’re really looking for from rookies this time of year is flashes. Even the draft picks that go on to have Hall of Fame careers aren’t even in the same universe of the player they’ll eventually become as they ramp up to their first professional circuit. There are hints along the way, if..." October 14

  • Kristaps Porzingis’ durability in question as quad flares up

    New York Post "Kristaps Porzingis was not injury-prone in Spain, but the 7-foot-3 Latvian rookie is having his “moments” as a Knick. Coming off a successful nine-point, 10-rebound outing Friday in Washington, Porzingis sat out Monday’s exhibition at the Garden against the Sixers with an upper left quad strain..." October 13

  • The Newest Knick Devours His Preseason Regimen

    The Wall Street Journal "Kristaps Porzingis, whom the Knicks selected with their No. 4 overall pick this summer, was arguably the most intriguing player in the NBA draft. As a 7-foot-3-inch marksman (7-foot-1 without shoes), the 20-year-old rookie has drawn comparisons to both Dirk Nowitzki and Pau Gasol—7-footers who..." October 10

  • Kristaps Porzingis likely to start at power forward for Knicks in Wednesday’s preseason opener

    New York Daily News "Kristaps Porzingis is easily spotted on the streets of New York, or anywhere really, because he’s taller than 99.999 percent of humans. Knick fans have learned to recognize him as something other than the unknown entity they booed on draft night. The 20-year-old is now the savior. “Yeah..." October 07

  • Rambis: Kristaps Porzingis Has Elements Of Nowitzki, Pau Gasol

    Real GM Basketball "Kurt Rambis said Kristaps Porzingis has elements of Dirk Nowitzki and Pau Gasol in his game, but he needs time to develop. "He might be a combination of both of them because he can do so many things," said Rambis, who ran the Knicks on Monday with Derek Fisher away from the team for personal..." October 05

  • Knicks hold out ‘frustrated’ Porzingis, risk him falling behind

    New York Post "Kristaps Porzingis’ mood is more irritated than his left knee. Though the 7-foot-3 rookie felt no pain in his knee after doing tests Friday morning, the Knicks held him out of practice at West Point for the second straight day, missing valuable 5-on-5 scrimmage time. It was a mild surprise..." October 03

2014 NBA Draft Results

# Team Player School/Team
1 Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns Kentucky
2 Lakers D'Angelo Russell Ohio St.
3 76ers Jahlil Okafor Duke
4 Knicks Kristaps Porzingis Baloncesto Sevilla
5 Magic Mario Hezonja Barcelona
6 Kings Willie Cauley-Stein Kentucky
7 Nuggets Emmanuel Mudiay Guangdong Southern Tigers
8 Pistons Stanley Johnson Arizona
9 Hornets Frank Kaminsky Wisconsin
10 Heat Justise Winslow Duke
Full NBA Draft Results