LiAngelo Ball. LaGerald Vick. Jae’Sean Tate. Todd Withers. Quentin Snider. Some of basketball’s brightest young stars got a chance to show their skills at the 2018 Professional Basketball Combine. Anyone who has seen these athletes play knows that they have a chance to make a difference at the next level. They’re talented, motivated, and ready for the challenge. We got a chance to sit down with these players in exclusive, one-on-one interviews. Check them out below:
Tonight, 60 young men will realize their dreams when they’re selected as part of the 2013 NBA Draft. After hearing their names called, players will be presented with these brand new Authentic Draft Snapback Caps by adidas.
The retro-shaped cap features an embroidered team logo on the front, official team logo and impact camo on the underside of the bill and an adjustable plastic strap on the back.
Which hats will Nerlens Noel, Victor Oladipo, Ben McLemore, Otto Porter and Trey Burke wear? Find out tonight and pick up the adidas cap representing your favorite NBA team here today.
It’s draft day, and everyone knows what that means. Time to remember your favorite draft suits. Back before the dress code, this was one of, if not the only times, to see your favorite players dressed to the nines. Better taste has prevailed in recent years unfortunately, and there’re less laughs than in years past. But what better occasion to take a look back at some of Draft Night’s best outfits. What are your favorites? Any others that should have made our list?
Honorable Mention: Amar’e Stoudemire (2002, 9th overall by the Phoenix Suns) You tell us. Does this look like the shape of a suit?
10. Robert Horry (1992, 11th overall by the Houston Rockets) Name one guy that wore peak lapels with a tie from the Bill Cosby Sweater Collection on draft night, and DIDN’T win seven titles. It may not be a winning fashion formula, but it’s hard to knock the results.
9. Darko Milicic (2003, 2nd overall by the Detroit Pistons)
Durasheen cap? Check. Tie juuuuust visible under jersey? Check. Bleached highlights? Check. Whatever Darko actually did right with his suit was quickly undone by over-accesorizing.
8. Eric Gordon (2008, 7th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers)
It’s easy to laugh at ill-fitting suits from days past. Granted, most of them looked bad at the time, but it’s only fair to pay tribute to a modern interpretation of the “Draft Night Suit.” Unlike most of the entrants on this list, Eric Gordon actually got the fit right. But he also managed to get just about everything else wrong. His lack of enthusiasm is understandable – he did just find out he’d be playing for Donald Sterling – but the width of his tie and white collar are not.
7. Maurice Taylor (1997, 14th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers)
Unfortunately for Maurice Taylor, the Hornets had traded both of their picks in ’97, leaving only the Vancouver Grizzlies for possible color coordination with this suit. And while it may have looked good with a Vancouver hat, the Grizz had plans other than Taylor with the #4 pick. It was probably the right choice considering Antonio Daniels is still playing, while Taylor, who fell to #14, has been out of the League for four years.
6. Bonzi Wells (1998, 11th overall by the Detroit Pistons)
Like many NBA players, Bonzi Wells isn’t afraid of buttons when it comes to his suits. He’s also not afraid of ever outgrowing this suit, even if he gains 400 pounds. (He’s not afraid of trespassing charges, or Danny Ferry, either.)
5. Samaki Walker (1996, 9th overall by the Dallas Mavericks)
Samaki Walker’s suit wasn’t actually green and gold, but it sure lends itself to the Don “Magic” Juan-approved color scheme.
4. Bobby Jackson (1997, 23rd overall by the Seattle SuperSonics)
There are those who say that no suit should ever have more than three buttons. To them, Bobby Jackson says, “f*&# you.” X 2.33.
3. Jalen Rose (1994, 13th overall by the Denver Nuggets)
It’s hard to say exactly why Jalen chose to go with an all-red suit for Draft night, but there’s no doubt that it was the right choice. 17 years later, it stands as one of the most iconic looks from Draft night. The fact that he picked the perfect tie helps too.
2. Tim Thomas (1997, 7th overall by the New Jersey Nets)
Once upon a time(as in 2000), Tim Thomas took a car for a test drive … and never returned it. Hopefully he acquired this suit the same way, because based on the fit, there’s no way he purchased it for himself.
1. Drew Gooden (2002, 4th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies)
It’s been exactly nine years since Drew Gooden was drafted, and I still can’t see this picture without literally laughing out loud. The length of the jacket screams “lab coat,” and the number of buttons is left to your own imagination thanks to being hidden behind a expertly designed flap. Smart money would be on at least 15, but then again, there could even be a zipper back there. Only Drew and his tailor know for sure.
Tonight, the lives of 60 young men will change forever when they’re selected to become part of the NBA. At least 16 different prospects are expected to attend the draft green room in person, where they’ll be greeted by NBA Commissioner David Stern (or Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver) after being selected by their new teams. When they hit the stage (some likely to be wearing ill-fitting, ugly suits), they’ll be presented with the brand new adidas NBA Authentic 2011 Draft Cap.
However, before the festivities even kick off, you can represent your favorite team by purchasing one of the new caps for yourself. The hat features raised team embroidery over a gradient sublimation print, which gives it an authentic Draft Day look. Embroidered on the back of the hats is the official NBA logo. All 30 teams are available at Eastbay today.
They call it the NBA Draft Lottery. The NBA’s random ping-pong ball system used to choose the order of the Draft. Calling it a lottery implies that there’s a huge reward attached to winning it. However, that may not always be the case. For every Shaquille O’Neal, there’s a Michael Olowokandi. This year, the Washington Wizards have the first pick, and are expected to take Kentucky point guard John Wall. The last time the Wizards had the first overall pick, they drafted the biggest bust of the decade. How does having the #1 overall pick really turn out for the teams that have it? Let’s take a look and see how the last 10 number picks have fared at the next level.
2000 – Kenyon Martin, Cincinnati Selected By: New Jersey Nets Seasons Played: 10 Honors: 2000-2001 All Rookie 1st Team; NBA All-Star (2004) Best Season: 2003-2004: 16.7 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.3 BPG Current Status: Martin is a solid role for the Denver Nuggets. After suffering a broken leg during his final season in college, he has continued to have an injury plagued career in the NBA, playing 70 or more games just 4 times in his 10-year career. Even with the injuries, Martin continues to post quality numbers. He averaged 11.5 PPG, 9.4 RPG, and 1.9 APG in 58 starts this season.
2001 – Kwame Brown, Glynn Academy High School Selected By: Washington Wizards Seasons Played: 9 Honors: N/A Best Season: 2003-2004: 10.9 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 0.9 SPG, 0.7 BPG Current Status: Unfortunately, Kwame will be remembered as the biggest bust of his decade. After being selected first overall by then Wizards President of Basketball Operations Michael Jordan, Brown has had a rough career. He has essentially been reduced to a trade chip, and may be most remembered for being the key part of the deal that helped the Lakers land Pau Gasol. His most season recent in Detroit saw him post career lows in points, blocks, and minutes.
2002 – Yao Ming, Shanghai, China Selected By: Houston Rockets Seasons Played: 7 Honors: 2002-2003 All Rookie 1st Team; All-NBA 2nd Team x 2, All-NBA 3rd Team x 3; 7-Time NBA All-Star Best Season: 2006-2007: 25.0 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 2.0 BPG. Unfortunately, cut short due to injury. Current Status: Yao missed the entire 2009-2010 season with a broken left foot. When healthy, he’s right there with Dwight Howard for the best center in the league title. The problem is, he’s rarely healthy. In 2010-2011, Yao will attempt to comeback from his injury. It remains to be seen whether or not that will be in Houston, as Yao has the option to terminate his current contract and seek long-term security.
2003: LeBron James, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School Selected By: Cleveland Cavaliers Seasons Played: 7 Honors: 2003-2004 NBA Rookie of the Year; 2008-2009 NBA MVP; 2009-2010 NBA MVP; All-NBA 1st Team x 4, All-NBA 2nd Team x 2; NBA All Defensive 1st Team x 2; 6-Time NBA All-Star Best Season: 2009-2010: 29.7 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 8.6 APG, 1.0 BPG Current Status: Simply stated, LeBron is arguably the best player in the NBA. However, that off-the-charts talent has not landed him a NBA championship ring. In back-to-back seasons of leading his Cavs to the best record in the NBA, Cleveland suffered disappointing early exits. Those losses may have lead to LeBron making an exit of his own. LeBron, the most coveted free agent in NBA history, will officially be able to make a decision regarding his playing career on July 1st. Have we seen the last of “The King” in Ohio?
2004 – Dwight Howard, Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy High School Selected By: Orlando Magic Seasons Played: 6 Honors: 2008-2009 Defensive Player of the Year; 2009-2010 Defensive Player of the Year; All-NBA 1st Team x 3, All-NBA 3rd Team x 1; NBA All-Defensive 1st Team x 2, NBA All-Defensive 2nd Team x 1; 4-Time NBA All-Star Best Season: 2008-2009: 20.6 PPG, 13.8 RPG, 1.0 SPG, 2.9 BPG Current Status: Dwight is generally regarded as the best center in the NBA. He’s lead the league in rebounding and shot blocking in consecutive years, landing back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year honors for his efforts. Much like LeBron, he’s had his team in position to contend for a NBA championship the last two seasons, only to come up short. The big question surrounding Dwight is whether or not he’ll ever put together the offensive game to match his defensive dominance. Apparently, Dwight heard the critics, as he’s taken out time to work with NBA legend Hakeem Olajuwon this summer.
2005, Andrew Bogut, Utah Selected By: Milwaukee Bucks Seasons Played: 5 Honors: All-Rookie 1st Team; All-NBA 3rd Team (2009-2010) Best Season: 2009-2010: 15.9 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 2.5 BPG Current Status: Andrew finally found his stride this past season. He posted career highs in points and blocks, while helping the Bucks surge as one of the surprise teams in the league. Unfortunately, a freak accident left Bogut with a dislocated elbow and several other arm-related injuries, ending his season prematurely. If Andrew is able to return healthy next season, he could be a threat to Dwight Howard’s reign as leading shot blocker and Defensive Player of the Year.
2006 – Andrea Bargnani, Rome, Italy Selected By: Toronto Raptors Seasons Played: 4 Honors: All-Rookie 1st Team Best Season: 2009-2010: 17.2 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.2 APG Current Status: Bargnani is showing signs of turning the corner and the ability to become a really solid pro. Though the Raptors have missed the postseason the two seasons, Bargnani has shown growth and improvement on the stat sheets. The pending (and expected) departure of Chris Bosh may require Bargnani to take his game to an all-new level next season.
2007, Greg Oden, Ohio State Selected By: Portland Trailblazers Seasons Played: 2 Honors: N/A Best Season: 2008-2009: 8.9 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.1 BPG Current Status: It’s hard to really get a feel for where Oden is as a NBA player. To say he’s even played 2 seasons is a stretch. He completely missed what was supposed to be his rookie season with a knee injury. Oden returned in 2008-2009, only to miss several games down the stretch with more knee issues. Once again, after an intense offseason of rehab, Oden got off to a hot start in 2009. He was averaging improved numbers across the board, only to suffer a fractured knee cap and once again miss the remainder of the season. After early comparisons to Sam Bowie, it’s starting to feel eerie for Blazer fans, as Kevin Durant develops into an elite perimeter player ala Michael Jordan.
2008 – Derrick Rose, Memphis Selected By: Chicago Bulls Seasons Played: 2 Honors: 2008-2009 Rookie of the Year; All-Rookie 1st Team; NBA All-Star (2010) Best Season: 2009-2010: 20.8 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 6.0 APG Current Status: Rose has already put himself in the conversation for the league’s best point guards. After a highly successful rookie campaign, Rose was selected as an All-Star in his second season, something the three previous #1 picks before him have not been able to do. With the aura of the city and cap space on Chicago’s side, it’s likely that Rose will get the help of an All-Star caliber free agent next season.
2009 – Blake Griffin, Oklahoma Selected By: Los Angeles Clippers Seasons Played: 0 Honors: N/A Best Season: N/A
Current Status: Call it the Clipper Curse. Griffin suffered a stress fracture in his left knee during the Clippers’ final preseason game, causing him to miss his entire rookie campaign. The word out of LA-LA Land is that Blake is back, healthy, and ready to go. While the world is focused on John Wall and Evan Turner, Blake may end up being the best first year player during the 2010-2011 NBA season.
To break this down, the last ten #1 overall picks have produced 2 Rookie of the Year award winners, 5 NBA All-Stars, and 1 MVP. Two of the players (James and Howard) could be considered franchise players as things stand right now. Yao could have been part of that category with a clean bill of health, while Derrick Rose has all the potential to join those elite ranks as well. Does having the #1 overall pick in the draft pay off? Sometimes. If our assumptions are correct, John Wall has the distinct honor of being the first #1 of the next decade. Will his name rate with James, Howard, and Rose? Does he join Kwame Brown in the line of first overall busts? We’ll find out when the NBA season tips off in October.