NBA Prospects Rumors & News

  • Coach K: Here's what Brandon Ingram needs to become an NBA star

    Fox Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers open their season on Wednesday night against the Rockets, and when they do, it will also be the debut of star rookie Brandon Ingram. The No. 2 overall pick is a guy that fans in L.A. can’t wait to get their eyes on, after he averaged 17 points per game in his one and only..." October 26

  • Report: New CBA deal “within sight,” one-and-done rule remians

    Pro Basketball Talk "Nobody likes the NBA’s one-and-done rule. Adam Silver and the owners want to extend that to two seasons out of high school, and they have colleges in their corner (while a couple of coaches know how to work the one-and-done system, none of them prefer it). The players want to be able to make the..." October 20

  • NBA Considering Possibility Of Expansion?

    Hoops Rumors "As the NBA and NBPA work toward finalizing a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the league is also reportedly considering the possibility of expansion, according to Kevin Nesgoda of While no NBA teams are expected to relocate anytime soon, the league apparently hasn’t ruled out..." October 13

  • NBA uniform ad sales face complications

    ESPN "It's been almost five months since the NBA announced it would allow its 30 teams to sell small advertising patches on jerseys beginning in the 2017-18 season. So why has only one team -- the Philadelphia 76ers -- made a deal, one that was announced the very first day deals could be done? We..." October 09

  • Adam Silver optimistic NBA can avoid lockout

    USA Today "From the start of discussions about a new collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and players, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has pledged optimism that the two sides can avoid a lockout. That scenario becomes more and more plausible following Silver’s comments during a trip to China for..." October 09

  • Cal Prospect Ivan Rabb 'Has the Chance to Be like a LaMarcus Aldridge'

    Bleacher Report "Sixteen Division I freshmen left school early last year to declare for the 2016 NBA draft. Ivan Rabb wasn't one of them despite having flashed traditional one-and-done talent. Instead, he'll take another season at California to continue building up his value—like a rebellious blackjack player..." September 20

  • Who Will Teams Be Tanking for in 2017?

    The Ringer "Roughly a month and a half separates us from the start of the 2016–17 NBA season, which means we’re roughly a month and a half out from being eight months away from the 2017 NBA draft, the most important sports event of the year. Look, it’s never too early to start thinking about the NBA prospects..." September 15

  • NBA players are on deck to spread protests as baseball shies away

    Sporting News "Someone finally thought to ask the obvious question about Colin Kaepernick and other football players using the games as protest platforms: why only football? Isn’t there another major American sport going on right now where players can follow his lead? The Orioles’ Adam Jones answered it,..." September 13

  • Should the Minnesota Timberwolves Shop Ricky Rubio After Drafting Kris Dunn?

    Bleacher Report "In 2009, point guard Ricky Rubio was drafted fifth overall to the Minnesota Timberwolves and has been playing with the team since the 2011-12 season. The Barcelona native, however, may not be a part of the T-Wolves' long-term plans as they are looking to rebuild their team. This year, Tom..." August 31

  • NBA rookies love Kris Dunn, Ben Simmons – not so much

    Pro Basketball Talk "Rookie of the Year, best playmaker, best defender and funniest. Kris Dunn even received a vote for best shooter despite his jumper holding him back in pre-draft evaluations. Dunn – the Timberwolves’ No. 5 pick – cleaned up in the NBA’s annual rookie survey. But when it came to the most..." August 30

  • 76ers' Ben Simmons says he and Joel Embiid are "like brothers" off court

    Metro "If their relationship on the court is anything like it is off, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid could be something special together for the Sixers. The duo’s budding friendship has been well-documented on social media over the past few weeks. During the team’s 17th annual Beach Bash at Jack’s Place..." August 29

  • Heurtel thinking about the NBA: “If I have the opportunity…” "Thomas Heurtel had his best game ever with the French national team against USA with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. So can the NBA be the next step for the teammate of Dario Saric in Anadolu Efes? Speaking after the game Heurtel, who has one more year in his contract with Anadolu Efes..." August 15

  • FIBA pushing for 3-on-3 in 2020 Olympics

    The Score "The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is pushing for the inclusion of three-on-three basketball in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann told USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt on Thursday. The request is under consideration by the International Olympic..." August 11

  • David Stern to give speech in support of legalized sports gambling

    The Comeback "New NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken in his support for legalized gambling across the United States, and that fight has received an unlikely ally – Silver’s predecessor, David Stern. At the Global Gaming Expo, held in Las Vegas near the end of September, Stern will be a featured..." August 11

  • Adidas Signs 6 Of Top-10 2016 Draft Picks

    Real GM Basketball "Adidas signed six of the top-10 draft picks of 2016 to endorsement deals with Brandon Ingram, Jaylen Brown, Dragan Bender, Kris Dunn, Jamal Murray and Thon Maker on deals." August 09

  • Brett Brown On Whether He’ll Play Ben Simmons At PG

    Tha Cover 2 "Ben Simmons is going to be at the center of everything the Philadelphia 76ers want to do next season — but will he start his rookie campaign off with the ball — running the point? Sixers head coach Brett Brown, was noncommittal on the topic while visiting the Nova Care Complex to catch the..." August 09

  • NBA Chief Adam Silver Isn’t Expecting Another Lockout in 2017

    Bloomberg "I’m going to abuse my privilege here to lodge a complaint, which is that basketball is a great flow sport, but NBA games stop too much. If it were me, I’d try to take most of the timeouts away from coaches. I know you have to have them for commercials and for rest, but if they were just programmed..." August 06

  • Ben Simmons says he plans to work on shooting, handles, getting stronger before camp

    CSN Philly "Ben Simmons repeatedly emphasized at summer league he wanted to work on “everything” leading up to training camp. As a point-forward who plays multiple positions, he has more than just one role to address this offseason. But what does “everything” entail? With a wide range of responsibilities..." July 30

  • NBA to Fund Health Care for Former Players with at Least 3 Seasons of Experience

    Bleacher Report "The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced Wednesday it will fund health care for the league's retired players who racked up at least three years of experience, per Howard Beck of Bleacher Report. The statement noted player representatives passed the vote to fund the health..." July 27

  • ESPN projects Ben Simmons as 2016-17 Rookie of the Year favorite

    Liberty Ballers "Ben Simmons is who we thought he was going to be in the Summer League. The No. 1 pick flashed phenomenal vision, the ability to effectively set up teammates for high percentage looks and tendencies that could be beneficial when he's asked to run the point in the regular season. He also left an..." July 27

  • Lakers' Brandon Ingram Claims to Have Never Missed a Free Throw in High School

    Bleacher Report "Brandon Ingram excelled at many things while wearing a Duke Blue Devils uniform, ultimately working his way into becoming the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. While there is a lot to love about his game, free throws aren't exactly a strong point for the 6'9" forward. It's not like he..." July 21

  • Celtics’ Guerschon Yabusele to play in China next season

    Boston Globe "Celtics forward Guerschon Yabusele, the 16th overall pick of last month’s NBA Draft, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to a league source. With bonuses, Yabusele could make up to $1.5 million next season, the source said. The..." July 21

  • Kevin Durant saying Brandon Ingram 'further along' than him is a stretch

    Sporting News "Kevin Durant reportedly made a comment to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters Tuesday about how Brandon Ingram is “even farther along than he was at that age.” That’s super nice of Kevin to say, but no. Well, if you want to frame the comment as “Ingram is much farther along to being a poor..." July 20

  • Buddy Hield was ‘pissed off’ about Summer League. That’s exactly what he needed

    SB Nation "Buddy Hield doesn’t need help to be motivated. He’s a self-made college sensation who shared a queen-sized bed with seven other family members growing up. He’s the No. 6 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, yet was taking jumpers on the Pelicans’ practice court just days after they selected him...." July 19

  • Brandon Ingram Plans To Seek Out Kevin Durant For Advice, But Not For What You Think

    Uproxx "Brandon Ingram had an up-and-down Summer League, but he did show flashes of the player the Lakers were expecting when they took him second overall in last month’s NBA Draft. Before the season starts, Ingram will have more opportunities to improve his game, as he was selected to be a member of..." July 18

  • Ben Simmons could make 76ers' grand tanking experiment pay off

    Yahoo! Sports "FantasyNFLMLBNBANHLTHE VERTICALRIOSoccerHelpUFC 200NCAAFNCAABEsportsGolfNASCARTennisRivalsBoxingCyclingWNBAHorse RacingNCAAWShop NBA HomeDraftFantasy BasketballScores/SchedulesStandingsStatsTeamsPlayersAdrian WojnarowskiBall Don't LieOddsVideoTickets Ben Simmons could make 76ers' grand tanking..." July 18

  • Summer school will continue for the Lakers' Brandon Ingram, who will train with the U.S. Select team

    Orange County Register "Everywhere Brandon Ingram turned, he could have easily noticed the finality approaching. The passionate Lakers crowd that dominated these Summer League games appeared smaller. After exerting his scoring superiority, Lakers second-year guard D’Angelo Russell dressed in street clothes and sat on..." July 17

  • Is Dragan Bender Good?

    Complex "Eighteen years ago, Dirk Nowitzki became the first foreign-born player to be chosen in the NBA Draft lottery without first attending college in the United States. Selected ninth-overall by the Milwaukee Bucks and subsequently traded to the Dallas Mavericks, Nowitzki was an unknown to American fans..." July 15

  • 76ers coach comes to Simmons' defense over criticism for resting

    The Score "Injury or not, Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons has earned more than his fair share of criticism for sitting out his last two summer league games. "You're 19," NBA legend Isiah Thomas said on NBA TV. "Earn your money, get on the floor and play." Sixers head coach Brett Brown quickly..." July 15

  • Mark Cuban cracks joke about '40-year-old' NBA rookie Thon Maker

    Fox Sports "Just a couple days after racking up 10 fouls in a game, Milwaukee Bucks rookie Thon Maker led his team with 17 points in a Summer League loss to the Dallas Mavericks Thursday. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was in the building to watch the game and joined the television broadcast, and Cuban was asked..." July 14

  • Isiah Thomas rips Ben Simmons for sitting out summer league game to rest

    Fox Sports "The Philadelphia 76ers announced that No. 1 draft pick Ben Simmons was sitting out Wednesday's summer league game to rest, and that got Isiah Thomas' attention. First, Thomas retweeted it. Then he went off on Simmons on NBA TV, ripping him for standing around taking selfies with fans and..." July 14

  • Milwaukee's Thon Maker was called for 10 fouls in a single game

    Fox Sports "The Milwaukee Bucks' 10th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft Thon Maker scored 10 points in a Summer League loss to the Grizzlies Monday in Las Vegas, but he also racked up 10 personal fouls in 30 minutes. The rules of the Summer League are different than in the NBA. Instead of a six-foul..." July 12

  • Denzel Valentine gushes over Ben Simmons: 'He's like a mini-LeBron'

    ESPN "After getting an up-close look at Philadelphia's Ben Simmons, Chicago rookie Denzel Valentine knows exactly whom the No. 1 overall pick reminds him of. "He's like a mini-LeBron," the Bulls' 14th overall pick said after facing Simmons for the first time as a pro Sunday. "LeBron's probably top..." July 11

  • Ben Simmons ready to be 'more assertive' for Sixers in Las Vegas summer league

    CSN Philly "Ben Simmons is a versatile, multidimensional player, so how do the Sixers hone in on one specific area of his game to work on during Las Vegas summer league? It has nothing to do with the position he is playing. “I want to see him be aggressive,” Sixers Samsung NBA Summer League coach Lloyd..." July 09

  • Will Ingram Be Next Superstar To Carry Lakers' Banner? "There's a large magnetic board in Mitch Kupchak's office containing the names of every player on the Laker roster, and what grabs him every morning is the name that's missing. "Not seeing him up there is not a great feeling," said the Laker general manager. "But I mean, really. We had him for..." July 09

  • Michael Porter Jr., Top Class of '17 Prospect, Throws Down In-Game Windmill Dunk

    The Big Lead "Michael Porter Jr. is a consensus top-5 high school basketball prospect in the class of 2017. Here he is showing off some of his ridiculous athletic ability by throwing down a windmill-ish dunk in traffic during a summer game. Porter has a few offers on the table, including one from Washington..." July 07

  • Brandon Ingram likes the pressure of taking Kobe Bryant’s locker

    Sportsnaut "The retirement of Kobe Bryant has left a vacancy in the Los Angeles Lakers’ locker room. That vacancy will be filled — literally — by the team’s first-round pick, Brandon Ingram, who now sits where Bryant sat for the past two decades. While taking Kobe’s locker may bring a good deal of..." July 05

  • Ben Simmons signs rookie deal with Sixers

    CSN Philly "It looks like it's offiical. Ben Simmons has signed his rookie deal and is a Sixer. Ben Simmons tweeted a picture of him signing his rookie deal late Saturday night, writing "happy to say I'm a part of the family #Sixers."" July 03

  • Why NBA players get paid so much more than NFL stars

    SB Nation "Among the loudest voices expressing shock over some of the massive deals signed on the first day of NBA free agency were NFL players. Ryan Wilson at CBS Sports has a good round-up. This example from DeAngelo Williams sums up the sentiment. Many sports fans — even many NBA fans, who have had..." July 02

  • This Australian Passport Might Put The Great Thon Maker Age Conspiracy To Rest Once And For All

    Dime Magazine "The Thon Maker saga may have finally reached its conclusion with the latest information concerning his age. The Milwaukee Bucks’ first-round pick has had his age questioned even before the draft, and the scrutiny only got worse after various photos and videos appeared online of an old yearbook..." June 29

  • Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid Among Early Favorites For NBA Rookie of the Year Award

    Liberty Ballers "The odds will likely swing dramatically throughout the summer, but NBA Rookie of the Year bets are flowing in, and the Sixers are fortunate to have the leader of the pack on their roster. Ben Simmons currently stands alone as the favorite for the award, listed at +325 according to Bovada. It..." June 28

  • The Spurs have never drafted a player like Dejounte Murray

    Pounding The Rock "It's only been five years since the draft of 2011, and the breakthrough of Kawhi Leonard onto the consciousness of the San Antonio fan. We didn't know what to make of him at first, and that summer's lockout didn't help us at all. But eventually we were able to get a good hard look at him, and..." June 28

  • How Nike landed shoe deal with No. 1 pick Ben Simmons

    USA Today "From the beginning of negotiations with Nike and Adidas for a shoe and apparel deal, Ben Simmons sought a lucrative contract beyond the norm for an NBA rookie, even for the player who was the No. 1 overall pick by Philadelphia in Thursday’s draft. Simmons’ representatives, Rich Paul and Mark..." June 28

  • The Bulls gave Michael Jordan's 'other' number to first-round pick

    Fox Sports "Former Michigan State star Denzel Valentine will wear Michael Jordan's old number for the Chicago Bulls - the one that isn't retired. Valentine wore the number 45 for the Spartans, and the Bulls revealed Monday that he'll be keeping it for his professional career. Valentine isn't the first Bull..." June 27

  • Valentine may crack rotation quickly as Bulls rebuild roster

    ESPN "During his time in Chicago for the NBA draft combine last month, Denzel Valentine made a smart career choice. The Michigan State alum discussed the "versatility" of his game and made reference to his close friend Draymond Green, the Spartan alum who has turned himself into one of the most valuable..." June 26

  • Murray prepared to follow path Spurs used to develop Leonard

    San Antonio Express-News "Draft pick says he’s ready to work on game By Tom Orsborn June 24, 2016 Updated: June 24, 2016 7:19pm 1 Dejounte Murray answers questions during an interview after being selected 29th overall by the San Antonio Spurs during the NBA draft on June 23, 2016, in New York. Photo:..." June 26

  • Spurs GM R.C. Buford talks about drafting Dejounte Murray

    Pounding The Rock "As the local media got our first chance to hear from Dejounte Murray, whom the Spurs had just drafted out of Washington with the 29th pick, we heard a familiar voice on the other end wrapping up a congratulatory call to the 19-year-old, a fellow who was a rather notable first-round pick himself as..." June 26

  • Bucks rookie Thon Maker denies rumors about being older than 19

    CBS Sports "The biggest surprise of draft night was certainly the selection of Thon Maker. The loophole preps-to-pros draftee was projected to go somewhere in the 20s or even into the early second round of the draft. Instead, the Milwaukee Bucks selected him at No. 10. There were rumors throughout draft day..." June 26

  • Ben Simmons' cousin killed in hit-and-run

    CBS New York "Police in Hoboken are investigating a deadly hit-and-run that claimed the life of a young man related to an NBA star. Zachary Simmons, 21, of Ramsey, was struck and killed by a black SUV around 3:30 a.m. Saturday at Willow Avenue and Sixth Street. The impact was so great witnesses reported..." June 26

  • Ben Simmons says he told LeBron he was excited to guard him, then LeBron flashed his trophy

    USA Today "Ben Simmons was a guest on The Dan Patrick Show on Friday after being picked No. 1 by the 76ers in the NBA Draft, and he revealed an amazing story about his most recent conversation with NBA champion and Finals MVP LeBron James. Simmons said he talked to James on Thursday night at his draft get..." June 25

2014 NBA Draft Results

# Team Player School/Team
1 76ers Ben Simmons Louisiana State
2 Lakers Brandon Ingram Duke
3 Celtics Jaylen Brown California
4 Suns Dragan Bender Maccabi Tel Aviv
5 Timberwolves Kris Dunn Providence
6 Pelicans Buddy Hield Oklahoma
7 Nuggets Jamal Murray Kentucky
8 Suns* Marquese Chriss Washington
9 Raptors Jakob Poeltl Utah
10 Bucks Thon Maker Orangeville Prep
Full NBA Draft Results