Mike’s NBA Mock Draft: Part 1

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By: Mike Wagenman (@mjwags23)

The NBA lottery was last night, and the Cavaliers reeled in even more rewards for the departure of LeBron James. The Bobcats got the short end of the stick, yet again. And the Wizards leapt into the top three.

There are so many thoughts swirling in my head right now, because this draft can go so many different ways. Like the NFL Draft last month, there is no clear-cut franchise player in this draft. There is no sure thing. Every player has at least one glaring hole in his game.

I am usually pretty spot-on when I predict which players will pan out in the NBA and which will not, but my accuracy is not as deadly when I predict my mock drafts.

That all being said, here is part one (the lottery teams) of the 2013 NBA Mock Draft, no trades included:

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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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#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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