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The Lakers could have gone in a number of directions given the available talent at this spot. Wagner has fans around the league and should be able to provide shooting and some rotational value down the line, but his defensive struggles could prove concerning on an L.
Wagner is a solid player who should give them a return, but there were better options on the board from my vantage point. That said, not everyone viewed Shamet as a first-round caliber talent because of his average athletic ability and defensive shortcomings. This is great value for the Celtics, who might be getting a starting-caliber talent and do a good job developing players.
Evans should be a natural fit here. The Nets are making an interesting play here, and Musa is a talented scorer at just 18 years old who has lots of room to develop. The concerns stem from his defensive shortcomings.
The Bosnian forward aims to come over to the NBA next season and will be an interesting experiment for Brooklyn. This is a surprise pick for the Hawks, but there was some chatter Spellman might sneak into the first round and Atlanta ultimately got their guy here. Please enter your email address associated with the account so we can help reset your password. Stay up-to-date with the latest news and scores from your favorite teams anywhere and get customized notifications, special offers and much more.
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Scroll down to find out. Luka Doncic, Slovenia via Atlanta. Atlanta Hawks via Dallas: Philadelphia 76ers via Lakers: Los Angeles Clippers via Pistons: Charlotte Hornets via Clippers: Miles Bridges, Michigan State. Jerome Robinson, Boston College.
Phoenix Suns via Heat: Zhaire Smith, Texas Tech. Lonnie Walker IV, Miami. Atlanta Hawks via Timberwolves: Minnesota Timberwolves via Thunder: Josh Okogie, Georgia Tech.
Chicago Bulls via Pelicans: Not many words need be wasted here. At the same time, he would rank second all time in assists for Sixth Man winners, behind only Darrell Armstrong 6.
His career-best assist numbers are worth highlighting, as they reflect how much attention he commanded on a nightly basis. Williams should have been an All-Star, keeping the Clippers in the playoff hunt despite the defection of Chris Paul, the trade of Blake Griffin and injuries to almost everybody of significance on the roster.
Williams probably locked up this award at midseason, but Gordon has been close behind, an expert complement to Paul and Harden for his ability to score without the ball and hit from up to 35 feet. Williams will take the trophy from Gordon this year, and expect Gordon to take it back in There are a couple good choices for this award, but it's hard not to reward Lou Williams here. Lou Will and the Clippers had no business fighting for a playoff spot for as long as they did, but L.
This was a team that was routinely toyed with by Golden State until Williams dropped 50 in Oakland for the Clips' first win against the Warriors in four seasons. With Williams on the court, the Clippers and their no-name, patchwork roster has a The only knock on Williams's case is that he started 19 games. But if there's one thing we know about Lou Will, he's an expert in having it all. Fred VanVleet has been incredible, but let's not get crazy.
Lou Williams is the only correct answer to this question. Williams became the first player ever to lead his team in scoring and assists in a bench role this season, offering surprising stability over the course of a tough season that could have been far more tumultuous for the Clippers, all things considered.
This is the Sixth Man award—what other qualifications really are there? The first wave of takes, launched from Philadelphia and Utah, asserted that there was only one possible winner: The second wave of takes, via scolding media members, assured everyone that the race was actually very close. Simmons won on this ballot. It was close—but not agonizingly close. Both players also largely cancel each other out when it comes to team success and their ability to withstand key injuries to teammates.
Although Mitchell has been a superior individual scorer, a much more effective shooter, and an incredible late-game performer, Simmons has simply been the better overall player. His package of skills—speed, size, power, ball-handling, finishing, play-making, vision, feel—draws comparisons to all-time greats for good reason.
Simmons took control of the race in the last couple weeks, hauling the 76ers to the top half of the Eastern Conference with Joel Embiid injured. Simmons does not shoot at all from outside, which in some ways makes his accomplishments even more impressive, since he is able to shred defenses that sag back on him.
The Sixers are left to daydream about what Simmons will be capable of when he does develop a jumper. I flipped on this award this week after Donovan Mitchell wore his now-infamous hoodie that defined the word rookie. I've had you picked for this award for months. All you had to do was keep chucking threes and maybe help the Jazz steal the third seed in the West.
Instead you hinted you should win Rookie of the Year because Ben Simmons is Look, I'm actually not comfortable giving this award to players who've had a redshirt year, but Simmons clearly qualifies within the rules, and his case is damn good. I think the degree of difficulty for Mitchell this season was higher, which was my original case for him. But it's hard to ignore the all-around game of Simmons, who makes a bigger impact than Mitchell in areas less sexy than scoring.
Rebounding, passing and defense are all pretty damn important as well. Also helping Simmons's case is Philly's recent success without Joel Embiid. I'd be happy if either player won, I just wish Mitchell hadn't worn that hoodie.
Strictly by the numbers, Ben Simmons is more valuable. But I think it's a little reductive to claim that the numbers make this easy. If there's one thing I've hated most about this rookie of the year debate, it's the notion that this choice is obvious, or that someone can quantify a definitive correct answer. The question isn't who's the better player—probably Simmons—but who had the better season?
Simmons did a little bit of everything, and picked his spots, and was great. Mitchell was asked to do more.
He was the catalyst for a playoff team's offense, and there's a steeper learning curve for that job. Mitchell responded over and over again by exceeding expectations.
Some of what he accomplished, and why it was impressive, can't be quantified. If Utah had been counting on Ben Simmons instead, the Jazz wouldn't be as good. And therein ends my argument that everyone who said "This isn't close!
I went with Simmons in the end. He played the best version of his game more often than Donovan Mitchell did this season. He's been better on defense than Mitchell, and on offense, his skills make the entire Philly team unlike anything else in the NBA.
So he's rookie of the year but it's close. Yes, Simmons is a fake rookie and had the benefit of what was effectively a redshirt year due to injury.
Simmons did it in his first year in the league. This voter firmly believes in the adage that the greatest ability is availability when it comes to year-end awards. In most cases, a player that misses more than 25 games would not be considered.
Rudy Gobert, however, deserves to be one of the rare exceptions. The Defensive Player of the Year runner-up missed two long stretches this season, and Utah faltered without him. Gobert ranked first in Defensive Real-Plus Minus by a mile , he placed among the league leaders in blocks 4th and defensive rating 2nd , and Utah won games at a win pace when he was available.
This is not a new phenomenon. The Jazz have a Gobert's biggest knock is that he missed 26 games, but injuries should not automatically disqualify players from awards. Gobert is the biggest reason for the Jazz's midseason turnaround, even more so than Mitchell. The Jazz have been one of the best teams in the league with Gobert playing, and there's something to be said about him doing his damage in the loaded Western Conference.
Two or three high lottery picks could have made it worthwhile. But the context is much harder to rationalize. If you're trying to trade the team's year-old cornerstone because of a missed exit meeting, the problem is probably you. Phil Jackson, asked what he'd say to skittish Knicks fans: As a full-fledged Malik Monk acolyte, let me say three things about Thursday. Second, between adding weight and learning how to score and finish in the lane, Monk will probably take a year or two before he's effective in the NBA.
But third, at some point there will be a new center in Charlotte, and we gotta bring the Dunk and Monk nickname to life. Dunk and Monk is the future in Charlotte. Jordan Bell was arguably the best defensive prospect in the draft. Anyway, he'll be awesome defending pick-and-rolls as a small ball center, and now that he's on the Warriors, it doesn't even matter that he can't really score. Life is not fair.
Fox is great, and instead of trading up to get him, the Kings waited for him to fall at five. Then they turned the No. Justin Jackson should be an excellent role player for them, and Giles is smart gamble at I don't want to get too excited, and I'm worried about jinxing this, I don't know what to trust here, but The Kings had a great draft?
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