I don’t have the exact statistics handy, but I’m sure of this: the NBA is a code that’s damn near impossible to crack. Of the thousands of potential prospects in collegiate competition and foreign clubs around the world, there are still only 60 draft slots available each June.
For some, seeing their replica jersey adorn store shelves has been a foregone conclusion since middle school, while others have taken a more unconventional route through minor league lineups and 10-day contracts. But whatever path is ultimately taken to the NBA, it’s undoubtedly filled with its share of surprises, sidetracks and lucky moments. Read More »
There’s a reason that basketball has been thriving again in Manhattan, Kansas. And it’s less about Bob Huggins, Michael Beasley and Bill Walker’s respectively quick residencies; it has to do with Coach Frank Martin and his beast of a senior guard, Jacob Pullen. Read More »
With a short break in NBA action this Memorial Day Weekend as the Finals approach, it’s a great opportunity to catch some other hoop action. And beyond lacing it up at the rec, if you’re in the Los Angeles area, make sure to catch Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League rolling through. Read More »
When Washington State junior Klay Thompson decided that his playing days in Pullman had come to an early close this past spring, the decision seemed to come with some hesitation attached. Leaving school early is a difficult decision for any prospect to make, much less for those balling on Pacific Time in front of far fewer national eyeballs than their East Coast brethren. For anyone who was able to catch the 6-7 guard burn up the Pac-10 nets the past three seasons though, it was anything but surprising. And as he looks to make the jump to the pros this June, Thompson is asserting himself as the top shooting guard in a class eager to prove its collective worth. Read More »
Since graduating from Duke University earlier this month, Kyle Singler has been shuffling around with workouts, camps and excessive traveling from North Carolina to L.A. The kid’s been busy – as have every NBA Draft hopeful as we inch closer to June’s selections. Which is what makes this video even that more awesome. With the help of Duke Blue Planet, Singler has managed to one-up the collegiate trick shot game. No easy task, considering the amount of trick shot videos that seem to surface every other day, but in the video, he busts out some ridiculous shots from all over the Blue Devil campus.
With the order now set and the NBA Draft looming in June, prospects across the nation are gearing up for team workouts, combines and camps to workout in front of NBA scouts. But while most are hell bent on making it to the League, others are trying to carve out a professional space elsewhere. And for Northern Colorado senior Devon Beitzel, just having the option to continue his hoops career is a blessing in itself. Read More »
He’s not flashy. He doesn’t run the floor like Russell Westbrook, drop buckets like Kevin Durant or swat shots into the rich seats like Serge Ibaka, but Nick Collison has become far from just another sub on OKC’s Western Conference Finals squad. And after watching the seventh year pro from Kansas battle it out in both of the Thunder’s two playoff series thus far, it’s clear that OKC needs a healthy dose of more Collison if they want to take their show any further. Read More »
This is kind of crazy. We originally found this clip via Deadspin and the video was too wild not to share. The team in question, French pro squad Poitiers Basket 86, apparently has a new method of training to get them ready for the court: giant robotic rides. According to a French connection of the Dime fam, the video is a joke by these known pranksters, but just imagine trying to throw an accurate chest pass while being flipped upside down in this thing. It looks more like a drill NASA would perform than a basketball team. And we thought D-Rose and company had intense workouts…
Earlier this week, I wrote that Butler’s Shelvin Mack could make an immediate impact in the right situation next year as an NBA rookie. While Mack’s current projection is slated somewhere between the late-first and mid-second round, there are still a ton of other possible hidden gems strewn throughout the class. With this on the brain, UCLA’s Tyler Honeycutt immediately came to mind. Read More »