Rubio’s Plan

Posted in Andrew's Posts, NBA on July 10, 2009 by Andrew

Spanish phenom Ricky Rubio was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the fifth overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft last month, but has since returned to Barcelona instead of Minneapolis. Meanwhile, his agent and father have said that he could spend the next two years overseas fulfilling the remainder of his contract with DKV Joventut before coming to the NBA.

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2005 NBA Draft Redux

Posted in Andrew's Posts, NBA, NBA Draft on July 8, 2009 by Andrew

The 2005 NBA draft featured two point guards that two teams regret passing on, some big men with upside and a few sleepers that should’ve went in the lottery. Four years later, its easy to see why some of the lottery teams in this draft are still in the lottery, while others have become title contenders.

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2006 NBA Draft Redux

Posted in Andrew's Posts, NBA, NBA Draft on July 7, 2009 by Andrew

The 2006 NBA draft was filled with trades and regrets. Five teams passed on the best player from the class, Brandon Roy, and two other teams missed out on a chance to build a team around the young star. The draft was also filled with second round sleepers and lottery busts, exposing some seriously poor scouting around the league.

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2007 NBA Draft Redux

Posted in Andrew's Posts, NBA on July 6, 2009 by Andrew

The 2007 NBA draft was billed as a very deep one that was loaded with talent at the top. And after two years, that description remains true. While there doesn’t appear to be more than one superstar from this class, it’s deep enough that it was fairly difficult determining which players would make the lottery if league executives did it all over again.

This is TMB’s 2007 NBA draft do-over.

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2008 NBA Draft Redux

Posted in Andrew's Posts, NBA on July 5, 2009 by Andrew

Conventional wisdom says it takes at least three years to properly judge a player in the NBA. Though that may be true, we tossed that idea out the window for a minute as we went back to look at how the lottery portion of the 2008 NBA Draft should have gone.

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NBA Free Agency Diary — 2009 Edition

Posted in Andrew's Posts, NBA on July 4, 2009 by Andrew

With so few teams looking at significant cap space and most of the big name free agents becoming available next summer, most thought this would be a rather uneventful summer around the league. But since the NBA’s free agency period started on July 1, there’s been a flurry of activity and several teams have made some momentous moves with an eye towards the immediate future.

As we’ve done in year’s past, we’re here to size up some of the moves and how some of them have changed the landscape around the league.

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Final Top 25 for 2009

Posted in Andrew's Posts, NBA, NBA Draft on July 2, 2009 by Andrew

Now that the 2009 NBA draft has come and gone, let’s take one final look at our Top 25 as we make our final judgment based on where each player was selected and which system they’ll be playing in. It’s of course incredibly difficult to project which players will have productive careers and which players will be out of the league within a few short years. It’s a tough call. But this final Top 25 is our best guess at which players are the most likely to excel in the NBA.

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