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Steep Grade Ahead: Coaches, Players and the Folly of Summative Assessment

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Grades. Basketball fans love to give them. We like to grade trades and drafts and a team’s offseason

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Some Quick Notes on the Draft

On the eve of the Draft, trade talks and prospect related discussions continue to heat up. Here are some of the most recent rumors to keep your eye on:

  • Jonas Valanciunas has a buyout in place; however that agreement will not allow him to come over until after next season. This should scare away some teams that are looking to make an impact right away with their picks; such teams would include Toronto at 5, Detroit at 8 and Charlotte at 9. If he slips passed Cleveland at 4 Valanciunas could be in for a slide
  • Despite reports of the contrary, Cleveland has not guaranteed Irving that he will be their pick at number one. Although it remains likely that this will be the case, picking Williams would severely shakeup the top of the Draft board. Continue Reading
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Players to Watch on Draft Night

With the NBA Final’s behind us it is now time to look ahead to next Thursday’s NBA Draft. If you haven’t been following the Draft thus far you might not know that this is fixing to be one of the weakest drafts in terms of superstar power, but one of the deeper drafts in terms of long term role players. The combination of these two things will make this Draft one of the most unpredictable in recent years; In light of its unpredictability here are seven(or so) of the most compelling draft prospect stories to look for on Thursday night. Continue Reading

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Early Reaction: NBA Draft Lottery

After some drama (and by ‘drama’ I mean that I found myself shouting at the television when they announced that the Utah Jazz had a top three pick but then cut to commercial: “Seriously?!? Who do you think you are? Dancing with the Stars?!? You’re not Dancing with the Stars! TELL ME THE DRAFT ORDER!!)

We now have the official draft order for the upcoming NBA Draft:

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers
  2. Minnesota Timberwolves
  3. Utah Jazz
  4. Continue Reading

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NBA Prospect Watch: 2/14 – 2/20

While we still have a ways to go on the 2010-2011 NBA season, but as for the NCAA, we’re only a few weeks away from March Madness. And you know what that means. Certain players will start to set themselves apart from the crowd in hopes of leading their team to a national championship…..and garnering some attention from scouts throughout the NBA.

So let’s take a look at the games you need to be watching in college basketball this week:

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14

West Virginia at #20 Syracuse, 7:00 PM ET, ESPN
Who to Watch: Kris Joseph and Rick Jackson (Syracuse)

#1 Kansas at Kansas State, 9:00 PM ET – ESPN
Who to Watch: Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris (Kansas) Continue Reading