Mike’s NBA Mock Draft: Part 2

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By: Mike Wagenman (@mjwags23)

After yesterday’s first part of my NBA mock draft, I have gone all-out and finished the first round. I was thinking about doing a second round mock, but the second round of the NBA draft is pretty low-key. Catch the first part of my mock here, and the second half just below:

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BREAKING: Report says Kevin Garnett to retire from NBA

By: Mike Wagenman (@mjwags23)

Kevin Garnett will reportedly retire after 18 NBA seasons.

Kevin Garnett will reportedly retire after 18 NBA seasons.

According to YardBarker via The Juicy Online, Kevin Garnett has told close friends that he will retire from the NBA after deciding to undergo surgery on both ankles.

Garnett spent the first 12 years of his illustrious NBA career with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the last six with the Boston Celtics, winning the 2007-08 NBA Championship. He averaged 14.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks this season, as he and the Celtics were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Knicks.

For his career, Garnett averaged 19.1 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. His honors include:

  • 2004 NBA MVP
  • 12-time All NBA Defensive-Team selection including nine First Team honors
  • 2008 Defensive Player of the Year
  • 15-time All-Star (was named ASG MVP in 2003)
  • Nine-time All-NBA selection including four First Team honors
  • All-Rookie Second Team in 1996
  • Olympic Gold Medalist (2000 Team USA)
  • Led the NBA in rebounding each year from 2004-2007

KG was one of the first stars to successfully make the jump from high school to the NBA, as the Timberwolves picked him fifth overall in the 1995 Draft after he was named Illinois’ Mr. Basketball at Farragut Academy in Chicago.

Who knows the amount of truth to this rumor. After all, it is a rumor. If it is true, the NBA just lost one of the best and most intense big men of the past 20 years.

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Four Game Sixes: Who wins, who goes home?

By: Mike Wagenman (@mjwags23)

Tonight’s NBA schedule features four game sixes, two out west and two in the east.

Boston has turned a 3-0 series deficit into a 3-2 deficit against New York, and Houston has done the same against Oklahoma City.

The home team has won all five games in Indiana’s series against Atlanta, and Memphis has reeled off three straight wins after being down two games to none to being its series with the Clippers.

There can only be four winners. Who will they be? Find out here:

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#TweetOfTheDay

By: Mike Wagenman (@mjwags23)

#TweetOfTheDay for Wednesday, May 1, 2013:

Today’s edition comes from ESPN Stats & Info, getting you ready for tonight’s Game 5 matchup between the Knicks and Celtics at MSG.

Personally, even as a Knicks fan, I think the Celtics have done more to lose this series than the Knicks have done to win it. I think the Celtics offense has been worse than the Knicks defense has been good. That’s just me though.

This tweet really does speak volumes though, given the playoff history of the Celts.

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NBA Playoff Round-up, Day 4: Warriors, sans Lee, hand Nuggets first home loss in 3 months

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By: Mike Wagenman

Day four of the playoffs may have been the most exciting yet. A road team won for just the second time in the four days worth of games. Another road team set a playoff record for fewest points in a half. A third road team missed possibly its best chance to secure a win. Find out which road team is which:

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#TheList: NBA’s Top Centers: No. 15-11

By: Mike Wagenman

Going The Distance’s list of the NBA’s top 30 centers continues today with No. 15-11. Scroll down to the bottom of the article to find the previously posted rankings (No. 30-16).

Image15. DeMarcus CousinsSacramento Kings: There is no denying that Cousins has top-10 center numbers. There is no denying that Cousins has top-five center talent. But, there is also no denying that Cousins needs to grow up.

It may seem like a huge dock to rank him at 15 for being immature, but he hurts his team, and the team comes first in any sport. Cousins averages 17.2 points and 10.0 rebounds with 33 double-doubles and a triple-double (yes, he actually passed the ball ten times), which are certainly great numbers. He has strayed a bit from the “black hole” label he was given for rarely passing, which is also positive. But, he needs to learn to acknowledge double-teams and pass out of them to his shooters instead of forcing contested shots and then complaining about not getting a call.

Cousins has racked up 40 technicals in three seasons, including 14 this year to go along with four ejections. Once DMC calms down, he will climb this list in a hurry.

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