2019 NBA Draft Grades

Atlanta Hawks  Grade: A+

picks: 4. De’Andre Hunter SF, Virginia(from New Orleans via Lakers); 10. Cam Reddish SF, Duke;  Bruno Fernando C, Maryland(from Philadelphia

Atlanta was aggressive by trading three picks to move up to number 4 to nab Hunter. Hunter is a combo forward who is a ferocious defender and has the ability to score as well. I think Hunter starts immediately at the small forward position and will be counted on to defend the opponents best wing player. The Hawks were extremely thrilled when Reddish fell to them at 10. Reddish struggled at times his freshman season at Duke, but most think he will excel at the next level. He is a good shooter and under rated defender. Reddish will get plenty of run likely with the second unit, but could see time in a small unit at the three with Hunter at the four and John Collins at the five. In certain spots Reddish could see time as a big 2 guard. I think this pick will turn out to be a big time steal. The Hawks needed size and again were fortunate Fernando, a first round prospect, fell to them in the second round. He should see many minutes as the backup center and good eventually blossom into a starting center. This was an excellent draft for a rebuilding franchise.

Boston  Celtics Grade: B+

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picks: 14. Romeo Langford SG, Indiana; 22. Grant Williams PF, Tennessee; 33. Carson Edwards PG, Purdue(from Philadelphia); 51. Tremont Waters PG, LSU;

I think the Celtics reached a little by taking Langford at 14. He struggled at times his freshman season at Indiana and I think there were better wing options. Also Boston needed size and instead took another wing. Langford will have a hard time getting consistent minutes with the deep Celtics. They come back at 22 and make up for it with the Williams selection. Williams should be a plug and play guy his rookie season as a bruising four. With the Celtics apparently about to lose some front court help, Williams will get an opportunity to play. The Celtics made a move to get Edwards early in the second round. Edwards is a walking bucket who can score at will. His problem is he’s not a point guard and way undersized as a two. He is a perfect gunner off the bench and could help out the Celtics sooner rather than later. Waters was worth the gamble at 51. He is undersized, but a true point guard who could become a good backup point guard down the line.

nets_logoBrooklyn Nets Grade C+

picks: 31. Nicolas Claxton C, Georgia; 56. Jaylen Hands PG, UCLA(From L.A. Clippers)

The Nets traded their first round selection to Atlanta for Taurean Prince. Brooklyn needed a backup to starting center Jarrett Allen and they took Claxton with the first pick in the second round. Claxton is a shot blocker in the same mold as Allen. He is not a perimeter threat but should be able to defend multiple positions and switch on defense. Hands is a a good point guard who will likely play most of the first season in the G-League.

thCharlotte Hornets Grade: B

picks: 12. P.J. Washington PF, Kentucky; 36. Cody Martin SF, Nevada; 52. Jalen McDaniels PF, San Diego State

Most seem to think Washington was a reach at 12. But he improved greatly his sophomore season as Kentucky’s go to guy. He is an undersized four, but you would never know that the way he gets buckets in the post. If he can improve his perimeter game he will get lots of minutes in Charlotte. Martin was drafted a little higher than I expected, but he is a very versatile player. Depending on the Charlotte roster will determine how long he stays with Charlotte. McDaniels was worth the risk at pick 52. He is a good face up player and likely develops in the G-League.

Chicago Bulls Grade: A

picks: 7.Coby White PG, North Carolina; 38. Daniel Gafford C, Arkansas

Chicago is in desperate need of an upgrade at point guard and is hoping White is the solution. White is quick and improved greatly as a point guard is freshman season at North Carolina. White can knock down the three point as well. Whether its opening night or later, White will eventually become the starting point guard for the Bulls. Gafford is a solid center and a steal at pick number 38. I could see him getting minutes for the Bulls next season behind Wendell Carter if Robin Lopez is gone.

 

Cleveland Cavaliers

Grade: C+

picks: 5. Darius Garland PG, Vanderbilt; 26. Dylan Windler SF, Belmont; 30. Kevin Porter Jr. SG, USC(from Detroit via Milwaukee)

In a somewhat surprising move the Cavs drafted another point guard in Garland. Apparently they are set to play both 6 foot 2 guards together in the back court. While offensively they should press the defense in many ways, they will be totally exploited on defense. I also would expect Garland to be the primary ball handler, but Sexton isn’t exactly the best shooter. Not sure if Cleveland maybe dangles Sexton in a trade either. Windler is a fantastic shooter which is a hot commodity in today’s NBA. My problem with the Windler pick was there were better players who i think they could of selected. Windler could be a sharp shooter off the Cavalier bench. The Cavs in my opinion made a great move trading 4 second rounders to get to 30 and take Porter. Porter figures to be the third guard in the rotation with Garland and Sexton. And at times he could play with both. He is athletic and some feel a top 5 talent in this draft. Cleveland is definitely wanting to push the ball with these rookies.

Dallas Mavericks Grade: B

picks:  45. Isaiah Roby SF, Nebraska(from Detroit)

Dallas did not own a first round pick due to their trade with Atlanta last year for Luka Doncic. The Mavs did however trade for a second rounder to take Roby. Roby is a good defender and could make this Mavericks roster.

Denver Nuggets Grade: B

picks: 44. Bol Bol C, Oregon(from Miami)

The Nuggets traded into the draft to grab Bol. Bol was a projected first rounder who fell into the second round and Denver went and got him. I think Bol will likely spend most of the season in the G-League and possibly become a 2-way player for Denver.

 

Detroit Pistons Grade: B+

picks: 15. Sekou Doumboya SF, France; 37. Deividis Sirvydas SG/SF, Lithuania(ferom Dallas); 57. Jordan Bone PG, Tennessee(from Philadelphia

The Pistons took a gamble on the young Doumbaya. He is still probably a few years away from cracking their rotation, but I believe Detroit might have got a steal with this pick. Doumboya is a good shooter who needs to put on some weight and work on his all around game. Sirvydas is likely going to stay overseas and suit up for Detroit this year. The Pistons already have signed Bone to a two way deal as he is headed to the G-League.

Golden State Warriors Grade: C

picks: 28. Jordan Poole SG, Michigan; 39. Alan Samailgic PF/C, Serbia(from New Orleans); 41 Eric Paschall

I think the Warriors reached for Poole in the first round. I am not as high on him as others and very surprised he went in the first round. Depending on the Warriors roster situation and injuries, Poole could see some time. Samailgic has been in the Warriors G-League system and they have been monitoring him for some time. They bought a second round pick in order to draft his rights and will likely keep him in the G-League until he is ready to join the roster. Paschall is a stretch four but is somewhat undersized. He’s a good small ball player which fits right into the warriors style.

Houston Rockets Grade: D

  picks: none

The Rockets did not have any picks and they could have used some cheap bench players.

 

 

Indiana Pacers Grade: C

picks:  18. Goga Bitadze C, Republic of Georgia;

With their only selection the Pacers took another big man. They are already set a center and Bitadze is a third stringer at best right now. I will be surprised if he gets much action unless they make a trade.

Los Angeles Clippers Grade B

picks:  27. Mfiondu Kabengele C, Florida State(from Brooklyn); 48. Terrance Mann SF, Florida State;

The Clippers decided to make a trade to get Kabengele. Kabengele, the nephew of Dikembe Mutombo, is a solid defender and could be a serious rotation player in Los Angeles. Unlike his uncle, Kabengele has the ability to step out and hit the jumper. They decided to grab his teammate in the second round. Mann is a versatile and athletic wing. I really like what the Clippers did here securing two players who can help defensively as well as put the ball in the basket.

 

 

Los Angeles Lakers Grade: B+

picks:  46. Talen Horton-Tucker SG, Iowa State(from Orlando)

The Lakers really were fortunate to get the number 4 pick in the lottery in order to trade for big man Anthony Davis. They also bought a second round pick to take Horton-Tucker who I wasn’t high on as a first round pick, but right here is a good spot for him. He is versatile and long but doesn’t really have a position. He was probably best player available at this spot and was a good value pick for the Lakers.

Memphis Grizzlies Grade: A+

picks:  2. Ja Morant PG, Murray State; 21. Brandon Clarke SF/PF, Gonzaga(from Oklahoma City)

The Grizzlies dealt point guard to Utah, which clears the way for Morant to come in a be the face of the franchise. Morant is more than a highlight reel as he is an all around play making guard. Morant will start right away and hopefully help lead this team for the near future. Clarke is a crazy good athlete. He crashes the boards, blocks shot and score inside at will. I think he would be a crazy good wing who slashes but some feel he is more of a four. In Memphis though he will get minutes to figure out what kind of role he will play with the Grizzlies.

Miami Heat Grade B

picks:  13. Tyler Herro SG, Kentucky

I like the selection of Herro here. He is a solid shooter and will likely figure into the rotation once Miami can make a few trades. Herro has improved his defense which ultimately made him a first round pick. Miami sold their secounf round pick to Denver.

Milwaukee Bucks

GradeC

picks:  no picks

Milwaukee trade their first round pick along with Tony Snell to Detroit to clear cap space for free agency.

Minnesota Timberwolves Grade B+

picks: 6, Jarrett Culver SG, Texas Tech(from Phoenix); 43. Jaylen Nowell SG, Washington

Not sure if Culver was drafted to eventually replace Andrew Wiggins as he’s been rumored to be on the trade block. Culver is a two way guard who is far more advanced on the defensive end right now. He is a crafty scorer but needs to develop more of a three point shot to be effective offensively in the NBA. They drafted another shooting guard in the second round with Nowell. It is obvious the Wolves wanted to address their wing spots and perimeter shooter.

 

New Orleans Pelicans Grade: A+

picks:   1. Zion Williamson PF, Duke; 8. Jaxson Hayes , Texas(from Atlanta), 17. Nickeil Alexander-Walker PG/SG, Virginia Tech(from Atlanta); 25. Markos Louzada Silva SG/SF, Brazil(from Atlanta);

The Pelicans struck gold getting the number 1 pick. Williamson was the clear cut top pick in this draft. He is not just a dunker, but also a solid rebounder and vicious shot blocker. He can lead the break, is a good passer and just a great kid. He will be the face of the Pelicans for many years to come. The trade of Anthony Davis and drafting of Williamson solidifies four of the starting positions on this roster. Well New Orleans fixed that at pick number 8 selecting Hayes. Hayes is a good defender that looks like he will be able be a good switch defender. Hayes is raw offensively but is not going to need to score on this roster.

New York Knicks Grade A

picks:   3. RJ Barrett SG/SF, Duke; 47. Ignas Bradzeikis SF, Michigan(from Sacramento)

Even though the Knicks did not get the number 1 pick, they did get Barrett who is one of the best scorers in this draft. Barrett should slide right into the starting 2 guard position. There is a very possibility he is the leading scorer in New York next season if they do not sign any big name free agents. I think Barrett could be the best player in this draft when it’s all said and done. Bradzeikis is a good shooter and is likely headed for a stint in the G-League. I think the Knicks are happy with how this draft panned out.

Oklahoma City Thunder Grade B+

picks: 23. Darius Bazley SF, USA(from Memphis)

Oklahoma City took a gamble on the teenager Bazley who sat out last year and worked on his game. He is long and athletic and could be a steal down the line. I believe he spends most of next season in the G-League.

Orlando Magic

Grade C

picks:  16. Chuma Okeke SF/PF, Auburn

With their only pick in the draft, Orlando took a player coming off an ACL injury who will likely miss the whole season. When healthy, Okeke is a solid wing defender with more of an inside game. He needs to improve his range on his jumper,to be an offensive threat. I didn’t think he would go this high and even more surprised Orlando took him.

Philadelphia 76ers; Grade: B-

picks:  20. Matisse Thybulle SG/SF, Washington(from Boston); 54. Marial Shayok SG, Iowa State                                        4

The Sixers moved up so the could grab Thybulle. He is a fantastic wing defender and could find his way into the Sixers rotation.  He is not NBA ready offensively yet, but his defense is going to definitely be what gets him on the floor. Shayok is a good shooter and those are a necessity in the NBA. So the Sixers grabbed two wings after drafting another one last year. I am a big beleievr in having lots of wings but they could have grabbed a big man here as well.

Phoenix Suns Grade: D+

picks: 11. Cameron Johnson SF, North Carolina(from Minnesota); 24. Ty Jerome PG, Virginia(from Boston)

Phoenix had a rough start to draft day by unloading TJ Warren to Indiana for basically nothing. Then they trade out of the sixth spot by taking power forward Dario Saric and moving down to 11. Then they selected yet another wing to a roster filled with wings. They were in desperate need of a point guard and made some peculiar moves to start the day. They did however recover a little by trading with Boston to move back in the first round and taking Jerome. Unfortunately they had to absorb Aron Baynes form Boston. I get that Johnson is possibly the best shooter in this draft, but they have Mikal Bridges Josh Jackson and possibly Kelly Oubre in front of him on the depth chart.

 

Portland Trailblazers Grade A

picks: 25. Nassir Little SF, North Carolina

The Blazers were very fortunate Little fell to them here. He was once thought of a top 5 pick, but his freshman year was somewhat disappointing. Little is a bruising wing, very good in the open floor but needs to be better in the half court. His man to man defense is good, but he struggles with his help defense. I think Little may see some time and not in the G-League.

Sacramento Kings A+

picks: 40. Justin James SG/SF, Wyoming; 55. Kyle Guy SG, Virginia; 60. Vanja Marinovic

With no first round picks, the Kings used the second round to go after wings. They really liked James and think he could stick around. Undersized shooting guard Kyle Guy is a deadly shooter who has a good game that could translate as an NBA bench player. Marinovic likely will not come over to the NBA anytime soon.

San Antonio Spurs Grade B+

  picks: 19. Luka Samanic PF, Croatia: 29. Keldon Johnson SG, Kentucky; 49. Quinndary Weatherspoon SG, Mississippi State

The Spurs took a chance by taking Samanic. From everything that I’m hearing, he will come over to the NBA next season. He is a sweet shooting four who could help the Spurs in the near future. I love the selection of Johnson here. I think the Spurs will soon be heading to a rebuild and Johnson figures to be part of that. If Weatherspoon makes the tewam he likely sees the pine or the G-League.

 

Toronto Raptors Grade:  C

picks: 59 Dewan Hernandez C, Miami(fl)

With no picks til the 59th, the Raptors decided on big man Hernandez. Not sure how much action if any he sees but a stint in the G-League is likely for him.

 

Utah Jazz Grade B

picks: 53. Justin Wright-Foreman PG, Hofstra; 58. Miye Oni SG, Yale(from Golden State)

The Jazz gave up their first round pick in order to acquire point guard Mike Conley.  With their second round picks they chose to get scoring at both back court positions. Hard to tell right now how they figure in to the roster of this team, but I expect both could make team.

Washington Wizards Grade: D

Picks:  9. Rui Hachimura SF/PF, Gonzaga; 42. Admiral Schofield SG, Tennessee

Picking Hachimura at 9 was a huge reach. He is a good mid range shooter but is likely slated more of a four because of his mid range game. But as a four, he is not much of a rebounder or shot blocker. I like him as a player just not inside the top 10. Schofield is an interesting player and could eventually prove to be a tough player. He is likely also headed for a stint in the G-League.

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NBA 2K19 MyTeam: NBA DRAFT PACKS ARE LIVE! GALAXY OPAL LONZO, AD AND MORE!

 

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In celebration of the 2019 NBA Draft, NBA 2K has decided to release these brand new NBA Draft Packs, featuring some fan favorite players from past and present. The card art looks pretty good in my opinion, and the collection offers some usable players for every MyTeam player’s team. The collection reward is 500 tokens and the packs will only last for around 5 more days!


Available Cards

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There are 4 Galaxy Opals, 4 Pink Diamonds and 4 Diamonds available to pull in this promo pack, with the collection reward for acquiring all of the available cards being 500 tokens. Galaxy Opals include Rockets legend Hakeem Olajuwon, Hall-of-famer Oscar Robertson, newest Laker superstar Anthony Davis and the newest Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball.


How much does it cost?

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Each single pack costs 11,250 VC and 10,500 MT, while the deluxe single pack (comes with a guaranteed NBA Draft player) costs 15,000 VC and 17,250 MT. The 10-pack deluxe box costs 135,000 VC, and cannot be bought with MT.


Galaxy Opal Hakeem Olajuwon

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Notable Stats:

  • 99 Post Control
  • 99 Defensive IQ (On-Ball, Low Post, Help, PnR)
  • 98 Mid-Range (Open, Contested)
  • 95 Dunk (Driving, Contact)
  • 94 Open Shot 3pt
  • 88 Speed
  • HOF Posterizer
  • HOF Defensive Stopper
  • HOF Hustle Rebounder

The perfect center for your MyTeam squad, he can shoot well for a big man, execute in the post, and lock down your opponent’s cards with a 98 Defending stat.


Galaxy Opal Lonzo Ball

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GO Lonzo Ball

Notable Stats:

  • 99 Ball Control
  • 98 Speed and Acceleration
  • 98 On-ball Defense IQ
  • 96 Open Shot 3pt
  • 95 Midrange (Open, Contested, Off dribble)
  • 95 Dunk (Driving, Contact)
  • HOF Posterizer
  • HOF Limitless Range
  • HOF Dimer
  • HOF Ankle Breaker
  • HOF Defensive Stopper

2K released a Pink Diamond Lonzo Ball during the last promo packs, and they’ve just taken it to a whole new level. Lonzo gets a Galaxy Opal card who can do-it-all, with insane shooting, slashing, playmaking and defending stats.


Galaxy Opal Oscar Robertson

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Notable Stats:

  • 98 Ball Control
  • 97 Dunk (Driving, Contact)
  • 97 Speed and Acceleration
  • 96 On-ball Defense IQ
  • 97 Midrange (Open, Contested, Off dribble)
  • 96 3pt (Open, Contested, Off dribble)
  • HOF Posterizer
  • HOF Limitless Range
  • HOF Dimer
  • HOF Ankle Breaker
  • HOF Defensive Stopper

Just like Lonzo, this card can do it all. He can score by driving to the rim or raining down threes, rebound like a big man, has great playmaking and is athletic as well. Not to mention, his 6’5″ height, coupled with his defensive attributes makes him a defensive nightmare.


Galaxy Opal Anthony Davis

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Notable Stats:

  • 98 Defense IQ (Low Post, Help)
  • 97 Midrange (Open, Contested)
  • 95 Dunk (Driving, Contact)
  • 95 Open Shot 3pt
  • 94 Speed and Acceleration
  • 83 Ball Control
  • HOF Posterizer
  • HOF Defensive Stopper
  • HOF Hustle Rebounder

With a ball control boost (from a coach or shoe), this card is basically unstoppable. AD proves time and time again to be one of the best big men to use for a MyTeam squad, and his insane stats can back that up.


Pink Diamond Karl-Anthony Towns

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Notable Stats:

  • 97 Midrange (Open, Contested)
  • 96 Open Shot 3pt
  • 95 Defense IQ (Low Post, Help)
  • 90 Dunk (Driving, Contact)
  • 89 Speed and Acceleration
  • 79 Ball Control
  • HOF Posterizer
  • HOF Defensive Stopper
  • HOF Hustle Rebounder

Moving on to the Pink Diamonds, KAT is one of the best shooting big men of all-time, and this is also true for 2K. His release takes some time to get used to, especially with its relatively slow speed, but once is deadly once mastered. He is great for running Pick-and-fades, and is an excellent slasher and defender as well.


Pink Diamond Jayson Tatum

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Notable Stats:

  • 98 Dunk (Driving, Contact)
  • 98 Midrange (Open, Contested, Off dribble)
  • 97 3pt (Open, Contested, Off dribble)
  • 95 On-ball Defense IQ
  • 94 Speed and Acceleration
  • 86 Ball Control
  • HOF Posterizer
  • HOF Limitless Range
  • Gold Dimer
  • Gold Ankle Breaker
  • Gold Defensive Stopper

Tatum shown into the spotlight during last year’s playoffs, and this card reflects that. This card possesses the same athleticism and shooting Tatum showed off in his head-to-head battle against LeBron, and comes equipped with the defense needed to be a great wing in MyTeam.


Pink Diamond Derrick Coleman

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Notable Stats:

  • 96 Open Shot Mid
  • 95 Defense IQ (Low Post, Help)
  • 94 Open Shot 3pt
  • 90 Dunk (Standing, Driving, Contact)
  • 84 Speed
  • HOF Posterizer
  • HOF Defensive Stopper
  • HOF Hustle Rebounder

Coleman is not known by most casual fans, but the Nets big man was a double-double machine back in his prime, who could occasionally stretch the floor. 2K juiced his shooting ratings while giving his great stats that should be useful in anyone’s squad.


Pink Diamond Jaylen Brown

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Notable Stats:

  • 97 Driving Dunk
  • 95 On-ball Defense IQ
  • 94 Midrange (Open, Contested, Off dribble)
  • 94 Open Shot 3pt
  • 93 Speed and Acceleration
  • 90 Ball Control
  • HOF Posterizer
  • HOF Defensive Stopper

The other half of the Celtics’ young wing duo makes his way into this collection with insane athleticism and great defense. His animations are great, release is easy-to-time, and comes with shooting stats that make him a total offensive threat.


DIAMONDS.

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Notable Stats: 97 Rebounding, 95 Open Shot Mid

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Notable Stats: 99 Dunk (Standing, Driving, Contact), 93 Open Shot 3pt, 90 Speed and Accelerationwiggins

Notable Stats: 99 Dunk (Driving, Contact), 95 Speed, 94 Midrange (Open, Contested, Off dribble)markelle

Notable Stats: 96 Speed and Acceleration, 95 Midrange (Open, Contested, Off dribble), 92 3pt (Open, Contested, Off dribble), 90 Driving Dunk

Here we have the 4 diamonds in the set, all at a 95 overall. We have Pacers center Rik Smits, Magic forward Aaron Gordon, Timberwolves (formerly Cavaliers) forward and 2015 ROTY Andrew Wiggins and Magic (formerly 76ers) guard Markelle Fultz. All cards seem to be extremely usable and are extremely cheap, being the lowest overall cards in the set.

Gordon and Wiggins look extremely cheesy, especially with their tendences and dunking animations, while Fultz looks pretty decent as a point guard option. Smits cannot shoot the three well, but his 7’4″ frame and his great midrange shot makes him a serviceable option as well.


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Final Mock Draft

First Round

  1. New Orleans-Zion Williamson PF, Duke New Orleans will shift their focus to building around Williamson. It will be interesting to see what kind of players they put around him
  2. Memphis-Ja Morant PG, Murray State The Grizzlies seem poised to tab Morant as their point guard of the future. This also likely means they look to deal incumbant point guard Mike Conley.
  3. New York-R.J. Barrett SG/SF, Duke Barrett would be a good fit for the Knicks here. However the Knicks are rumored to be interested in possibly trading this pick for Anthony Davis.
  4. L.A. Lakers-Darius Garland PG, Vanderbilt This pick will be heading to New Orleans. It looks more like Darius Garland could be the fourth guy in this draft. Whether the Pelicans pick him here or they make another trade, Garland looks to be trending as the pick here.
  5. Cleveland-Jarrett Culver SG, Texas Tech I think Culver is a good fit here for Cleveland. he fills a need at wing and could be a nice compliment with second year player Collin Sexton.
  6. Phoenix-DeAndre Hunter SF, Virginia The Suns are desperate for a point guard and will target Garland. However, if he isn’t available I feel they could go in a different direction and take Hunter here.
  7. Chicago-Coby White PG, North Carolina The Bulls are in desperate need of an upgrade at the point guard spot. I think they would prefer Garland but I hear they are also intriqued with White.
  8. Atlanta-Cam Reddish SF, Duke I think the Hawks would be ecstatic if Reddish fell here. Reddish could flourish with the fast paced style in Atlanta.
  9. Washington-Bol Bol C, Oregon I think the Wizards look to blow it up this off-season. If Bol can prove to be healthy, this could wind up being a steal here.
  10. Atlanta(from Dallas)-Brandon Clarke SF/PF, Gonzaga A versatile forward who would thrive in Atlanta. His athleticism and defensive ability will serve well in the NBA.
  11. Minnesota-Sekou Doumboya SF, France I am not sure the Wolves will want to take a project, but this kid could be worth it.
  12. Charlotte-Jaxson Hayes C, Texas Hayes is a gifted defender who should be good switching on defense at the next level. His offensive game is very raw or he could potentially go higher.
  13. Miami-PJ Washington PF, Kentucky This could be a little high for Washington, but his stock seems to be on the rise. He should be a good fit for Miami as they look to shore up their front line.
  14. Boston(from Sacramento)-Goga Bitadze C, Republic of Georgia With three first round picks, the Celtics can take a chance of Bitadze here. He has moved up many boards and could be a contributor sooner rather than later.
  15. Detroit-Nickeill Alexander-Walker PG/SG, Virginia Tech The Pistons need help in the back court. Alexander-Walker is kind of a jack of all trades. He is a good defender and has shown the ability to run an offense. Once his shot gets more consistant, he could be a big time rotation player in Detroit.
  16. Orlando-Nassir Little SF, North Carolina His stock took a hit during the season, but seems to be back on the rise after some good workouts. Little is a bruiser who needs to work on his perimeter game and help defense.
  17. Atlanta(from Brooklyn)-Daniel Gafford C, Arkansas The Nets may be making this pick for Atlanta as the trade cannot be finished until July 6thIf the Hawks do not take a big man with either of their first two selections, they will likely take one here.
  18. Indiana-Cam Johnson SF, North Carolina Johnson is a spot up shooter and would likely fit in rather nicely in Indiana.
  19. San Antonio-Rui Hachimura PF, Gonzaga This just feels like a San Antionio pick here. Hachimura has a solid mid range game which is used a bunch in San Antonio.
  20. Boston(from L.A. Clippers)-Tyler Herro SG, Kentucky The Celtics will look to add shooting to their lineup and Herro may be the best shooter in this draft.
  21. Oklahoma City-Keldon Johnson SG, Kentucky Johnson didnt have monster numbers in his lone year at Kentucky. I think he is over looked in this draft and could be a major steal.
  22. Boston-Romeo Langford SG, Indiana  Langford will be worth a flyer for Boston. He is a good finisher and his game is still developing. Could be a great value pick for the Celtics.
  23. Utah-Kevin Porter Jr., SG, USC The Grizzlies will be acquiring this pick as part of the Mike Conley trade. Porter is a wing with some upside who could blend in nicely with the young Grizzlies.
  24. Philadelphia-Grant Williams PF Tennessee This just feels like a Sixers pick. Williams has the ability to be plugged in and get solid minutes on a second unit right away.
  25. Portland-Louis King SF, Oregon Word is the Blazers like him. This could be a little early for him, but I am a big fan of his game and think the Blazers are a good fit for him.
  26. Cleveland(from Houston)-Bruno Fernando C, Maryland The Cavs need some size to add to their roster. Late in the first, there should several options
  27. Denver(from Brooklyn)-Matisse Thybulle SG/SF, Washington He is a solid defender who could become a 3 and D guy.
  28. Golden State-Ty Jerome PG, Virginia Jerome could be the solid tresreve guard the Warriors need. He can shoot from three and has been great running an offense. this might be the most perfect fit.
  29. San Antonio(from Toronto)-Mfiondu Kabengele PF/C, Florida State The Spurs are going to have many chnges this off season. But i can see them definately going big late in the first.
  30. Detroit(from Milwaukee)-Nicolas Claxton C, Georgia The Pistons would be thrilled if Claxton fell to them here.

2nd Round

  1. Brooklyn(from New York)-Dylan Windler SG/SF, Belmont Windler has seen his stock rise and will be a hot commosity early in second round.
  2. Phoenix-Naz Reid C, LSU I think the Suns could take a chance on Reid here.  They need some rebounding and Reid can also add depth behin Deandre Ayton.
  3. Philadelphia(from Cleveland)-Carsen Edwards PG, Purdue Edwards would bring some much needed bench scoring to Philly. He is a good fit with the way this roster is constructed too. His off the ball ability will make him attractive to the Sixers.
  4. Philadelphia(from Chicago)-Jontay Porter C, Missouri The Sixers have a history of gambling on players and Porter will be worth a look here. With multiple picks early in second round, this seems like a no brainer here.
  5. Atlanta-Luka Simanic PF, Croatia The Hawks have a bunch of picks and should they keep them, they will take some draft and stash players.
  6. Charlotte(from Washington)-Terrance Davis SG, Ole Miss Davis has watched his stock sky rocket where he could get sme first round looks. The Hornets have had success drafting in second round.
  7. Dallas-Chuma Okeke SF, Auburn With the ACL tear in the NCAA tournament, his stock has fallen. I can see a team like Dallas taking him here and letting him sit a year.
  8. Chicago(from Memphis)-Lu Dort SG, Arizona State The athletic Dort could be a steal for the Bulls here.
  9. New Orleans-Ignas Brazdeikis SF, Michigan The Pelicans struggled to find consistency at the three last season and will look to address that at some point this draft.
  10. Sacramento(from Minnesota)-Deividid Sirvydis SF, Lithuanua Would not surprise me to see the Kings grab a stash player here.
  11. Golden State(from LA Lakers via Atlanta )-Talen Horton-Tucker SG/SF, Iowa State Doesn’t really have a defined position. I think he is nothing more than a possible rotation player.
  12. Philadelphia(from Sacramento)-Aubrey Dawkins SG, Central Florida Sixers are just stockpiling asstts at this point.
  13. Minnesota(from Miami)-Tremont Waters PG, LSU The Wolves need depth at the point guard position as they could be thin there after free agency.
  14. Miami (from Charlotte via Atlanta)-Shamorie Ponds PG, St. John’s Miami is weak at backup point guard and should target one here.
  15. Detroit-KZ Okpala PF, Stanford Can be versatile and some think he is a first rounder. I however believe this is about where he will be drafted.
  16. Orlando(from Brooklyn)-Deividis Sirvydas SF, Lithuania This is the part of the draft where you start to see the foreign players go.
  17. Sacramento(from Orlando)-Simmi Shittu PF, Vanderbilt I think the Kings are in a position to gamble on him here. Somewhat of a project but could be a G League player until he’s ready.
  18. L.A. Clippers-Jalen Lecque PG/SG, Brewster Academy I think the Clippers are a good landing spot for the young athletic Lecque.
  19. San Antonio-Henri Drell SF, Estonia This is a likely spot for the Spurs to take a foreign player.
  20. Indiana-Darius Bazley SF/PF, USA After sitting out a year, he is worth the gamble in the second round.
  21. Boston-Kyle Guy SG, Virginia This a good spot for Boston to gran another shooter.
  22. Charlotte(from Oklahoma City)-Mariol Shayok SG, Iowa State Another shooter who could excel in the G League.
  23. Utah-Brian Bowen SG/SF, Sydney Kings Definitely worth the gamble at this pick.
  24. Philadelphia-Tacko Fall C, Central Florida He could go higher but I think he definitely gets drafted in second round.
  25. New York(from Houston)-Jalen McDaniels PF, San Diego State The Knicks take a chance on another raw player.
  26. L.A. Clippers(from Portland)-Admiral Schofield SG/SF, Tennessee Big and physical player who I can see making a roster next season.
  27. New Orleans(from Denver)-Jaylen Hoard SF, Wake Forest Under rated wing who has a chance to be a sleeper in the second round.
  28. Golden State-Joshua Obesie PG, Gemany A gamble worth taking this late  in the draft.
  29. Toronto-Isaiah Roby SF/PF, Nebraska The Raptors will draft him hoping he can be a two way player for them.
  30. Sacramento(from Milwaukee)-Jaylen Hands PG, UCLA The Kings need depth at point guard. It may be a reach this late to get a consistent reserve.
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NBA 2K19 MyTeam: All New LEBRON JAMES Signature Series Packs!

After months of waiting, NBA 2K has given us the LeBron James Signature Series packs, which include a SIGNATURE LIMITED LeBron James whose stats are all maxed out.

LeBron James Signature Series packs

King James has finally arrived in MyTeam! Prior to these new promo packs, the best version of James was the 20th Anniversary Cover Promo packs at a 97 overall. Now, there are 3 new cards better than that version, along with 2 cards from James’ early years for budget ballers.


Available Cards

Available Limited Time Cards

These 5 different versions of a LeBron James card are available to pull for around 3 more days, so make sure to add these insane cards to your squad today! Available to obtain are a 99 Signature Limited card (maxed out), and a 99 Signature Series card, along with a 98 Heat LeBron card, a 94 young LeBron card, and a 92 rookie LeBron card.


How much will it cost?

vc and mt costsEach singular pack of this promo will cost 7,500 VC and 10,500 MT. The 10-pack box and 20-pack box cannot he bought with MT, and costs 67,500 VC and 135,000 VC, respectively.


99 Signature Limited LeBron James

99 Overall Galaxy Opal Signature Limited LeBron James

Notable Stats:

  • 99 in every stat
  • HOF Ankle Breaker, Dimer
  • HOF Posterizer
  • HOF Limitless Range, Deep Range Deadeye
  • HOF Defensive Stopper

What more can you say? This card is extremely overpowered, and may even be better than the previously released Signature Limited Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant cards due to LeBron’s height. He is extremely expensive, as there are only 236 cards available per system (PS4, XBOX, PC, Switch).


99 Signature Series LeBron James

99 Signature Series LeBron James

Notable Stats:

  • 99 Dunk (Standing, Driving, Contact), Draw Foul
  • 99 Speed and Acceleration
  • 99 On-Ball Defense IQ
  • 98 Steal
  • 97 Block
  • 97 Midrange (Open, Contested, Off Dribble)
  • 96 3pt (Open, Contested, Off Dribble)
  • 92 Ball Control
  • HOF Ankle Breaker, Dimer
  • HOF Posterizer
  • HOF Limitless Range, Deep Range Deadeye
  • HOF Defensive Stopper

This card is basically a worse version of the Signature Limited card, but is much more attainable. It possesses the same key badges and the shooting stats aren’t too far off from perfect either.


98 Signature Series LeBron James

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Notable Stats:

  • 97 Dunk (Driving, Contact), Draw Foul
  • 95 Speed and Acceleration
  • 95 Midrange (Open, Contested, Off Dribble)
  • 94 On-Ball Defense IQ
  • 93 3pt (Open, Contested, Off Dribble)
  • 86 Ball Control
  • HOF Dimer, Gold Ankle Breaker
  • HOF Posterizer
  • Gold Limitless Range, Deep Range Deadeye
  • HOF Defensive Stopper

This card received a major drop off from the other two cards, having fewer HOF badges, lower shooting stats, and having the base ball control stat needed to speed boost. However, this card representing LeBron’s stint as a member of the Heat is still worth adding to your squad, beating out most other Pink Diamond cards.


94 Signature Series LeBron James

94 Signature Series LeBron James

Notable Stats:

  • 97 Dunk (Driving, Contact)
  • 95 Speed and Acceleration
  • 92 Midrange (Open, Contested, Off Dribble)
  • 86 Ball Control
  • 85 On-Ball Defense IQ
  • 84 3pt (Open, Contested, Off Dribble)
  • HOF Posterizer
  • Gold Dimer
  • Gold Limitless Range, Deep Range Deadeye
  • Gold Defensive Stopper

This card is aimed towards the budget ballers out there in the NBA 2K community, serving as a more athletic version of the two diamond moments cards he already received in the year. This card is what you would expect a realistic LeBron card to be, with above average shooting stats and defense, and insane athleticism like the rest of his cards.


92 Signature Series LeBron James

92 Signature Series LeBron James

Notable Stats:

  • 97 Dunk (Driving, Contact), Draw Foul
  • 95 Speed and Acceleration
  • 86 Ball Control
  • 85 On-Ball Defense IQ
  • 80 Midrange (Open, Contested, Off Dribble)
  • 77 3pt (Open, Contested, Off Dribble)
  • HOF Posterizer
  • Gold Dimer
  • Gold Limitless Range, Deep Range Deadeye
  • Gold Defensive Stopper

This card is perfect to start out with, as with all other LeBron James cards. This should be relatively cheap (considering the rate with which users rip open packs), but it should be worth it.


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Derrick Rose’s 5 Best Games of the 2018-19 NBA Season

Too big, too strong, too fast, too good!

For many fans of the NBA, Derrick Rose, 30, underwent a comeback season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, averaging 18.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 0.6 steals per game, on 48.2% from the field. Rose also surprised many fans and critics alike with his improved three point shooting, shooting a career-high 37.0% from beyond the arc. In fact, he started out the season shooting at an elite, above 40% clip before his eventual elbow injury that sidelined him for the rest of the season. This article will take a look back at Pooh’s best games of the season.


Honorable Mention: MIN vs DET – 33 points (14-29 FG, 1-4 3PT), 3 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal

In this overtime thriller, Rose played a pretty good game as he continued to hit tough shots against the Pistons’ defense. The Timberwolves ended up losing the game by 6 points as Rose didn’t play particularly well in overtime. Still, Rose hit a bunch of clutch shots in the fourth quarter, which is good enough to get this game ranked as an honorable mention in my list.


5. MIN vs DAL – 28 points (11-21 FG, 2-5 3PT), 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 1 block

This game took place in one of the first few games of the season and it put Rose back into the spotlight. The 2017-18 NBA Season saw Rose at the lowest point of his career. Rose signed with the Cavaliers on a minimum contract, dealt with injuries, was traded to the Jazz, and was waived by the Jazz. He later had a resurgence in the playoffs, playing for the Timberwolves, but there weren’t a lot of fans who took note of this. While the Timberwolves ended up losing the game, Rose surely proved that he could be among the NBA’s elites.


4. MIN vs CHI – 24 points (11-19 FG, 1-5 3PT), 3 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals

This game was Rose’s homecoming to Chicago and the United Center. The Timberwolves may have won the game, but the fans enjoyed every second of his performance. He impressed many with his acrobatic layups and difficult fade-aways, and even received MVP chants at the free throw line. His relationship with the Bulls’ front office and fans isn’t the best, but the youngest MVP in NBA history will always be a Bulls legend.


3. MIN vs PHO – 33 points (12-24 FG, 0-4 3PT), 4 rebounds, 3 assists

Turn back the clock! Rose has had some clutch performances this season, but none were as clutch as this one. He only scored 2 points in the first half as the Timberwolves found themselves in a close game with the Suns. He later on went to score 31 points in the second half alone, including the game-winning shot over a defender. This game occurred during the Timberwolves’ last-minute playoff push and while they didn’t end up making the playoffs, it certainly gave Wolves fans something to be happy about.


2. MIN vs LAL – 31 points (11-17 FG, 7-9 3PT), 3 rebounds, 5 assists

Against LeBron James and the Lakers, Rose set a new career-high in three pointers made in a game with 7 triples, but it unfortunately wasn’t enough to secure the win. Rose was on fire the whole game, keeping the Timberwolves in a position to win the game. When it came down to the last possession, the three point attempt that would’ve been Rose’s 8th triple ended up missing after a contest from Tyson Chandler. There was a controversy regarding Rose getting fouled by Chandler on the shot, especially after other players have been given fouls for a similar scenario, but it was ultimately deemed a no-foul the day after.


1. MIN vs UTAH – 50 points (19-31 FG, 4-7 3PT), 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

Against the Utah Jazz, Rose put up one of the best, if not the best performance of his career. He started out the game on fire, but as the Wolves found themselves in a close game, Rose took over in the fourth quarter. He hit clutch shot after clutch shot, as he kept pushing the Timberwolves closer to victory. Rose was able to hit tough jumpers and even drive to the rim against the Jazz’s tough defense. The final minute of the game ended with Rose sinking 2 free throws, giving him 50 points, and Rose blocking a potential game-tying three pointer from Dante Exum. Tears emerged from Rose’s eyes as teammates celebrated this insane performance, as D-Rose’s memorable night concluded.


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NBA and NFL Reactions to Durant’s Injury

Below is a series of Tweets by NBA and NFL Stars In reaction to Durant’s Injury.

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NBA Mock Draft

 

First Round

  1. New Orleans-Zion Williamson PF, Duke New Orleans will shift their focus to building around Williamson. It will be interesting to see what kind of players they put around him.
  2. Memphis-Ja Morant PG, Murray State The Grizzlies seem poised to tab Morant as their point guard of the future. This also likely means they look to deal incumbent point guard Mike Conley.
  3. New York-R.J. Barrett SG/SF, Duke Barrett would be a good fit for the Knicks here. However the Knicks are rumored to be interested in possibly trading this pick for Anthony Davis.
  4. L.A. Lakers-Jarrett Culver SG, Texas Tech The Lakers are rumored to be very interested in Darius Garland here. I think Culver is a better fit with the current roster make up. Plus the Lakers could use this pick to deal for a veteran.
  5. Cleveland-De’Andre Hunter SF, Virginia I think the Cavs would love to grab Culver at this spot. I do think Hunter is another good fit here. He is versatile forward and a very good defender.
  6. Phoenix-Darius Garland PG, Vanderbilt The Suns really want Garland to fall to them here. If he does they will make no time making this selection.
  7. Chicago-Coby White PG, North Carolina The Bulls are in desperate need of an upgrade at the point guard spot. I think they would prefer Garland but I hear they are also intrigued with White.
  8. Atlanta-Cam Reddish SF, Duke I think the Hawks would be ecstatic if Reddish fell here. Reddish could flourish with the fast paced style in Atlanta.
  9. Washington-Bol Bol C, Oregon I think the Wizards look to blow it up this off-season. If Bol can prove to be healthy, this could wind up being a steal here.
  10. Atlanta(from Dallas)-Brandon Clarke SF/PF, Gonzaga A versatile forward who would thrive in Atlanta. His athleticism and defensive ability will serve well in the NBA.
  11. Minnesota-Sekou Doumboya SF, France I am not sure the Wolves will want to take a project, but this kid could be worth it.
  12. Charlotte-Jaxson Hayes C, Texas Hayes is a gifted defender who should be good switching on defense at the next level. His offensive game is very raw or he could potentially go higher.
  13. Miami-PJ Washington PF, Kentucky This could be a little high for Washington, but his stock seems to be on the rise. He should be a good fit for Miami as they look to shore up their front line.
  14. Boston(from Sacramento)-Goga Bitadze C, Republic of Georgia With three first round picks, the Celtics can take a chance of Bitadze here. He has moved up many boards and could be a contributor sooner rather than later.
  15. Detroit-Nickeill Alexander-Walker PG/SG, Virginia Tech The Pistons need help in the back court. Alexander-Walker is kind of a jack of all trades. He is a good defender and has shown the ability to run an offense. Once his shot gets more consistent, he could be a big time rotation player in Detroit.
  16. Orlando-Nassir Little SF, North Carolina His stock took a hit during the season, but seems to be back on the rise after some good workouts. Little is a bruiser who needs to work on his perimeter game and help defense.
  17. Atlanta(from Brooklyn)-Daniel Gafford C, Arkansas The Nets may be making this pick for Atlanta as the trade cannot be finished until July 6th. If the Hawks do not take a big man with either of their first two selections, they will likely take one here.
  18. Indiana-Cam Johnson SF, North Carolina Johnson is a spot up shooter and would likely fit in rather nicely in Indiana.
  19. San Antonio-Rui Hachimura PF, Gonzaga This just feels like a San Antonio pick here. Hachimura has a solid mid range game which is used a bunch in San Antonio.
  20. Boston(from L.A. Clippers)-Tyler Herro SG, Kentucky The Celtics will look to add shooting to their lineup and Herro may be the best shooter in this draft.
  21. Oklahoma City-Keldon Johnson SG, Kentucky Johnson didn’t have monster numbers in his lone year at Kentucky. I think he is over looked in this draft and could be a major steal.
  22. Boston-Romeo Langford SG, Indiana Langford will be worth a flyer for Boston. He is a good finisher and his game is still developing. Could be a great value pick for the Celtics.
  23. Utah-Louis King SF, Oregon He is long and has good size for an NBA three. His outside shot started to really come along late in the season. Once he learns to use his size to attack, he could be a steal.
  24. Philadelphia-Kevin Porter Jr, SG, USC Porter had a rocky freshman year at USC. He still could become a scorer that most believed he would be.
  25. Portland-Matisse Thybulle SG/SF, Washington Defensively he is ready for the NBA. Offensively he is not. Portland could use some wing help and Thybulle would help guarding the wings at the next level.
  26. Cleveland(from Houston)-Bruno Fernando C, Maryland The Cavs need some size to add to their roster. Late in the first, there should several options
  27. Denver(from Brooklyn)-Grant Williams PF, Tennessee He is a touch undersized as a true four, however he has proven to be able to defend bigger players. Williams as a good chance to be an immediate rotation player.
  28. Golden State-Ty Jerome PG, Virginia Jerome could be the solid reserve guard the Warriors need. He can shoot from three and has been great running an offense. this might be the most perfect fit.
  29. San Antonio(from Toronto)-Mfiondu Kabengele PF/C, Florida State The Spurs are going to have many changes this off season. But I can see them definitely going big late in the first.
  30. Milwaukee-Nicolas Claxton C, Georgia The Bucks do not have a legit center outside of Brook Lopez. Claxton has been rising up boards and could become a solid rim protector.
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  31. Brooklyn(from New York)-Dylan Windler SG/SF, Belmont Windler has seen his stock rise and will be a hot commodity early in second round.
  32. Phoenix-Naz Reid C, LSU I think the Suns could take a chance on Reid here. They need some rebounding and Reid can also add depth behind Deandre Ayton.
  33. Philadelphia(from Cleveland)-Carsen Edwards PG, Purdue Edwards would bring some much needed bench scoring to Philly. He is a good fit with the way this roster is constructed too. His off the ball ability will make him attractive to the Sixers.
  34. Philadelphia(from Chicago)-Jontay Porter C, Missouri The Sixers have a history of gambling on players and Porter will be worth a look here. With multiple picks early in second round, this seems like a no brainer here.
  35. Atlanta-Luka Simanic PF, Croatia The Hawks have a bunch of picks and should they keep them, they will take some draft and stash players.
  36. Charlotte(from Washington)-Terrance Davis SG, Ole Miss Davis has watched his stock sky rocket where he could get sme first round looks. The Hornets have had success drafting in second round.
  37. Dallas-Chuma Okeke SF, Auburn With the ACL tear in the NCAA tournament, his stock has fallen. I can see a team like Dallas taking him here and letting him sit a year.
  38. Chicago(from Memphis)-Lu Dort SG, Arizona State The athletic Dort could be a steal for the Bulls here.
  39. New Orleans-Ignas Brazdeikis SF, Michigan The Pelicans struggled to find consistency at the three last season and will look to address that at some point this draft.
  40. Sacramento(from Minnesota)-Deividid Sirvydis SF, Lithuanua Would not surprise me to see the Kings grab a stash player here.
  41. Atlanta(from LA Lakers)-Talen Horton-Tucker SG/SF, Iowa State Doesn’t really have a defined position. I think he is nothing more than a possible rotation player.
  42. Philadelphia(from Sacramento)-Aubrey Dawkins SG, Central Florida Sixers are just stockpiling assets at this point.
  43. Minnesota(from Miami)-Tremont Waters PG, LSU The Wolves need depth at the point guard position as they could be thin there after free agency.
  44. Atlanta(from Charlotte)-Shamorie Ponds PG, St. John’s Atlanta is weak at backup point guard and should target one here.
  45. Detroit-KZ Okpala PF, Stanford Can be versatile and some think he is a first rounder. I however believe this is about where he will be drafted.
  46. Orlando(from Brooklyn)-Deividis Sirvydas SF, Lithuania This is the part of the draft where you start to see the foreign players go.
  47. Sacramento(from Orlando)-Simmi Shittu PF, Vanderbilt I think the Kings are in a position to gamble on him here. Somewhat of a project but could be a G League player until he’s ready.
  48. L.A. Clippers-Jalen Lecque PG/SG, Brewster Academy I think the Clippers are a good landing spot for the young athletic Lecque.
  49. San Antonio-Henri Drell SF, Estonia This is a likely spot for the Spurs to take a foreign player.
  50. Indiana-Darius Bazley SF/PF, USA After sitting out a year, he is worth the gamble in the second round.
  51. Boston-Kyle Guy SG, Virginia This a good spot for Boston to gran another shooter.
  52. Charlotte(from Oklahoma City)-Mariol Shayok SG, Iowa State Another shooter who could excel in the G League.
  53. Utah-Brian Bowen SG/SF, Sydney Kings Definitely worth the gamble at this pick.
  54. Philadelphia-Tacko Fall C, Central Florida He could go higher but I think he definitely gets drafted in second round.
  55. New York(from Houston)-Jalen McDaniels PF, San Diego State The Knicks take a chance on another raw player.
  56. L.A. Clippers(from Portland)-Admiral Schofield SG/SF, Tennessee Big and physical player who I can see making a roster next season.
  57. New Orleans(from Denver)-Jaylen Hoard SF, Wake Forest Under rated wing who has a chance to be a sleeper in the second round.
  58. Golden State-Jaylen Nowell SG, Washington The Warriors are likely to look for the best shooter available here.
  59. Toronto-Isaiah Roby SF/PF, Nebraska The Raptors will draft him hoping he can be a two way player for them.
  60. Sacramento(from Milwaukee)-Jaylen Hands PG, UCLA The Kings need depth at point guard. It may be a reach this late to get a consistent reserve.
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Lamelo Ball to Play in Drew League

 

Lamelo Ball is scheduled to play in the Drew League This weekend (6/8/19) with former Chino Hills teammate Onyeka Okongwu (who will play at USC this upcoming season).

Lamelo joins a long list of former NBA greats to grace the Drew League Court; including Lebron James, James Harden, Kobe Bryant, Jamal Crawford, Kevin Durant and many more notiable stars.

This will be a good chance for us to get to see Lamelo one last time vs. American competition in a contest of various ages and skill levels that will sure to pose a challenge for the youngest ball brother. As recent news has dropped that the youngest Ball brother is now the tallest, there is growing speculation of where he will get drafted.

This move will do him plenty of favors as fans have always clamrroed to watch pros and high profile stars play in the Drew league, and at least we will have a barometer to compare Lamelo’s game too prior to him going overseas to the NBL.

 

Below is a picture of Lamelo Ball practing for the upcoming Drew League event.

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Liangelo Ball Had Surgery, Will Enter Summer League In 2020 With Lamelo Ball

Lavar Ball came onto the set of Undisputed and dropped some major news revlolving around his middle son. The middle Ball brother (Liangelo) who many people believe to be the least talented and likely to make it on an NBA roster has to forgo possibly entering the summer league this season or joining another Pro Team overseas. Instead Liangelo just had surgery on his ankle and is going to use the next year to rehab and get his body right for the summer of 2020 when Lamelo and Liangelo attempt to enter the NBA at the same time.

Lavar has long stated he wants all 3 sons on the Lakers and while that seems very unlikely at this point, I can’t help but get the feeling Lamelo, Liangelo, and Lonzo were meant to team up in the NBA and provide story lines and ratings in the Post Lebron era. With Lamelo sprouting up to 6’8 and becoming a coveted young prospect for the NBA it’s only a matter of time before we see all 3 brothers on an NBA roster; and possibly even the same team.

Lavar also was quoted saying in Ball in the Family saying in response to Jaden (Gelo’s girlfriend) choosing Lamelo or Liangelo in basketball, “you may need to revevalutae that one son, I’m taking you, I’m rolling with you”. Lavar clearly believes in his middle son as he’s one of the first names he mentions when he gets onto any media outlet or show. He believes in Liangelo so much it’s resly starting to making me believe, if we can all agree Lavar is anything he is infectious. Now wither that is good or bad is for you to decide. But I can’t help but think how the Ball Family is going to run the NBA in short order.

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NBA 2K19 MyTeam: SIGNATURE SERIES KOBE BRYANT PACKS!

The latest signature series packs from NBA 2K19 MyTeam consists of the “Black Mamba” himself, Kobe Bryant, available in Amethyst, Diamond, Pink Diamond, Galaxy Opal, and Limited Galaxy Opal.

The previous Signature Series promo packs, which brought MyTeam players a chance to obtain different versions of Michael Jordan, also brought the first ever card in NBA 2K19 MyTeam to have ALL attributes at the maximum rating of 99. Similarly, the latest promo packs featuring the Black Mamba include a 92 overall Amethyst Kobe, a 94 overall Diamond Kobe, a 98 overall Pink Diamond Kobe, a 99 overall Galaxy Opal Kobe, and a 99 overall Limited Galaxy Opal Kobe, with the stats maxed out. This insanely overpowered card is limited to only 81 cards per console, which means that only 81 lucky MyTeam players can get their hands on this cheat code.

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Similarly to the Michael Jordan Signature Series packs, these brand new Kobe packs also cost 7,500 VC per pack (10,500 MT per pack). A 10-pack box will cost 67,500 VC, and cannot be purchased with MT. Lastly, a 20-pack box will cost 135,000 VC, and also cannot be bought with MT. The latter two bundle offers will result in a much more cost-efficient way for you to rip open some packs, with the end result being around 6,750 VC per pack, compared to the normal price.


Notable Stats:

  • 99 in every, single attribute. ALL OF THEM.

This card is nearly impossible to get, with only 81 of them available for players to get. If you do manage to get your hands on this beast of a card, consider yourself lucky. All of his stats are maxed out, and he boasts 30 HOF badges, including favorites like HOF Posterizer and HOF Limitless Range.


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Notable Stats:

  • 99 Open Mid
  • 98 Open Three
  • 98 Driving Dunk
  • 98 Defending
  • 97 Speed and Acceleration
  • 95 Ball Control

This card is absolutely insane as well, if you aren’t able to pick up the limited Kobe. He’s one of the best offensive cards in the game, capable of scoring from everywhere on the court. He comes equipped with 20 HOF badges, including HOF Limtless Range, Posterizer, Ankle Breaker, and more.


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Notable Stats:

  • 97 Open Mid
  • 97 Driving Dunk
  • 95 Open Three
  • 95 Speed and Acceleration
  • 95 Defending
  • 90 Ball Control

This card is no slouch as well, and should be way, way, way cheaper than the previous two. He should come with insane animations, to add on to his already impressive stats. He has HOF Posterizer as well, but only has gold limitless range. Either way, he should be a great addition to your team.


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Notable Stats:

  • 95 Driving Dunk
  • 93 Speed and Acceleration
  • 91 Defending
  • 90 Open Mid
  • 90 Ball Control
  • 85 Open Three

Obviously this card isn’t as good as the other ones, but it should be much cheaper. He still has Kobe’s cheesy animations, easy release, and insane slashing stats. He doesn’t have the cheesy HOF badges anymore, but he has a ton of useful gold badges that would help him be great in budget squads.


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Notable Stats:

  • 95 Driving Dunk
  • 93 Speed and Acceleration
  • 90 Ball Control
  • 87 Defending
  • 85 Open Mid
  • 80 Open Three

Lastly we have Kobe’s amethyst card, with the card art coming from his historic final game. He’s not as good of a shooter compared to the other cards, but he should still be a great slasher (despite the card art coming from his last game). He is a must cop for budget squads, or those who are just beginning the game.


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Lamelo Ball Draft Stock on the Rise

Lamelo Ball already did himself plenty of favors by returning to High School, and showing off his talents and overall growth in his game against kids his age. However it still wasn’t good enough for naysayers and many “Experts” who tried to rank and scout Lamelo for the NBA Draft.

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However, NBA Scouts have been throughly impressed with what they’ve seen from Lamelo Ball. Additionally multiple media outlets have risen Lamelo’s Mock Draft ranking to a projected Lottery Pick. In multiple cases he’s even projected to be a Top 3 Pick in the 2020 Draft by the outlets who have watched and covered the cat majority of his games.

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However it isn’t just scouts opinions on Lamelo that has caused his recent spike p the draft boards. The most compelling argument for why Lamelo could end up being the number 1 Pick in 2020 is the fact he has sprouted all the way up to 6’8. Yes he is currently a 6’8 Point Guard, with the sort of length and playmaking availing at the PG position we’ve only seen from Magic Johnson and Ben Simmons. Except Lamelo seems poised to fit perfectly into today’s NBA as a player who will thrive around the 3 point line. I mean just look at his progression as Player from JBA, to JBA USA, and then back to High School. Lamelo Ball has grown up on and off the court and has grown 4 Inches in 2 Years.

Stats: 

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As we stated months ago, Lamelo Ball is clearly the Number 1 Pick in the 2020 Draft and with his recent surge up mock drafts I expect him to show NO signs of slowing down. Lamelo Ball is going to take the NBA by storm in his rookie season. Watchout.

 

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Lamelo Ball Teaming up With RJ Hampton

With recent news hitting social media that Bronny James and Zaire Wade were teaming up at Sierra Canyon High School, it got us wondering if we could see other high profile Guards team up in the next few days.

Insert RJ Hampton, a 2020 Projected Lottery Pick in the NBA Draft with FULL eligibility has decided to forgo college and jump straight to the Pros. More specifically the NBL; an Australian basketball league.

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It didn’t take long for fans and even RJ Hampton himself to start speculating on if he’d see Lamelo Ball overseas. I was curious if Lamelo was planning on playing against RJ but it is more in the Ball Families Nature to stack the deck and win then go to a team without talent.

This makes Lamelo’s next decision an easy one as he will likely be joining the Sky City Breakers and teaming up with RJ Hampton overseas. Not only does it clearly seem like an invitation by RJ and an acceptance on atleast Lamelo’s behalf we should get too see these High Profile Guards face off against Grown Men In The NBL. With Recent news of Lamelo’s draft Stock Rising this is the perfect storm for Lamelo to ride into the NBL. Now instead of media backlash tearing down the decision and the competition, they will have no choice but to judge it at the same basis as future Lottery Pick RJ Hampton.

This will be the next chapter in the Movie that is Lamelo Ball’s Pre NBA Career. Will Lamelo and RJ Hampton set the NBL on fire and win a League championship?