Draft Breakdown: Buddy Hield vs. Caris Levert

The two senior shooting guards came into their last year of college with varying expectations. Levert was seen as a likely first rounder in the 15-20 range while Hield was considered an early second rounder at best. Since then, things have changed dramatically. Hield might be the current NPOY candidate and has leaped right into the same range as Levert. DraftExpress currently projects Levert at 20th in their most recent mock and Hield 22nd. Chad Ford moved Hield all the way up to 15th in his latest mock and has Levert sitting just behind him at 18th. Continue reading

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NBA Draft Team-by-Team Grades and Thoughts

Yes, handing out “grades” a day after the draft is silly, but so is ranking players before their careers even start. I don’t know why people always harp on grades in particular, but they’re interesting to me, so I figured I’d give them a shot. For teams that made trades, I’ll give them grades based on just prospect value/fit alone, and just my thoughts when it comes to the trades. In terms of best player available vs. fit, this article lays out many of the points on why I heavily prefer BPA, but I do still factor fit into my team evaluations of how they did. Continue reading