2021 NBA Draft: Jalen Johnson's potential has Warriors' interest


NBC Sports Bay Area 16 July, 2021 - 10:06am 4 views

When is the NBA Draft 2021?

NBA Draft 2021 presented by State Farm will be held on Thursday, July 29 at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN platforms will exclusively televise the NBA Draft for the 19th consecutive year and for the first time it will air on both ABC and ESPN. NBA.comNBA Draft 2021 to be held at Barclays Center on July 29

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NBA Draft 2021 returns to Barclays Center after year’s hiatus

NetsDaily 16 July, 2021 - 08:02pm

. The Draft will be held on Thursday, July 29 beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Nothing official yet but there are indications the NBA Draft will return to Barclays Center after being virtual last year. Draft is July 29. Nets hold Nos. 27, 44, 49 and 59.

The Barclays Center has been the host arena for the NBA Draft from 2013 to 2019. Before 2013, the event has held at the Prudential Center in for two years. The 2011 NBA Draft included Kyrie Irving, who was selected No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Fans will also be permitted just as they were in the NBA playoffs. Tickets will be available for public sale beginning Monday, July 19 at 10 a.m. ET.

The format will be the same as it has a previous years. Players being able to hear their name called, walk across the stage and grab their team’s draft cap before they embark on their NBA careers. The entire two rounds of the Draft will be televised on ESPN — with ABC broadcasting the first round

The Nets currently hold four picks in the NBA Draft 2021 — No. 27, No. 44 (from Indiana), No. 49 (from Atlanta) and No. 59 (from Phoenix). Whether that will keep all four picks remain uncertain. The Nets have not kept their own first round since 2013.

Although multiple mock drafts have made guesses on who the Nets might take, Chad Ford on Thursday became the first draftnik to specifically link Brooklyn to a prospect Thursday. He wrote in his latest mock draft that “There are lots of rumblings around the league that the Nets are targeting (North Carolina center) Day’Ron Sharpe at 27.”

Sharpe is a 6’11” 19-year-old known for a bruising game down low.

OKC Thunder NBA draft profile: Jalen Johnson – versatile forward with upside

Thunderous Intentions 16 July, 2021 - 08:02pm

OKC Thunder NBA Draft prospect series; Duke Blue Devils forward Jalen Johnson (1) shoots the ball against the Miami Hurricanes. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

OKC Thunder NBA Draft prospect series: Duke’s Jalen Johnson makes the basket over Louisville’s Jae’Lyn Withers.01/23/21 Louisville Duke 04

Next up for Intentions annual OKC Thunder prospect profile series is Duke forward Jalen Johnson.

A prospect who if focused could develop into an all-around two-way player that could impact games on several fronts.

He has NBA-ready size and athleticism showing glimpses of spectacular but equally as often loses interest and displays concerning habits no club wants their team to emulate.

At just 19 and still raw if Johnson channels his energy and commitment to the sport in five years he could be viewed as one of the better prospects from the 2021 class.

The range of a top-10 placement all the way to 21st likely has to do with questions about his commitment (see weaknesses).

With that let’s dive a little deeper into Jalen Johnson to determine his strengths and weaknesses.

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Jalen Johnson could be dark horse selection for Warriors at No. 7

Blue Man Hoop 16 July, 2021 - 08:02pm

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - JANUARY 23: Jalen Johnson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils shoots the ball against the Louisville Cardinals at KFC YUM! Center on January 23, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Golden State Warriors plan to workout Jalen Johnson, among other top-tier prospects expected to be on the board at No. 7. However, given the fit, Johnson seems like an underrated target.

Johnson, given his early leaving from Duke, may not have the best draft stock. He was a top-tier, five-star prospect coming out of high school, but he was set back in the draft by not putting on a show at a high-profile university.

While his attitude could be a problem eventually, that shouldn’t deter the Warriors from targeting the high-potential forward. Johnson, during the 13 games he played at Duke, averaged 11.2 points per game.

At 6-foot-9, Johnson is expected to be the best forward on the board at No. 7. A plethora of combo forwards like Scottie Barnes are expected to fly off the board with five of the first seven picks potentially being small forwards.

Despite shooting just 1.4 triples per game, Johnson knocked down 44.4 percent of his attempts. He shot over 52 percent from the field. The efficiency is there. The upside for Johnson should be there as well.

NBADraft.net is giving him Stephen Jackson comparisons. Aaron Gordon, Rudy Gay, and a taller RJ Barrett are who The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor compared him to. They have him dropping as low as No. 12 though.

“He could go as high as six or seven, though most mock drafts have him in the back-end of the lottery. Still, as we saw last year with Tyrese Haliburton and Deni Avdija, guys can fall and sometimes much further than anyone expected,” NBC Sports’ Chase Hughes wrote about Johnson.

Johnson is an exciting playmaker, something O’Connor also noted. He wasn’t quite able to full put that on display at Duke, but the hope would be that eventually the Warriors could make him an All-Star talent.

Now, Johnson certainly isn’t the best win-now pick.

If that’s the route the Warriors go, they’ll almost certainly take Davion Mitchell at No. 7. However, the Warriors should also be planning for the future, and at 6-foot-9 with a 6-foot-11 wingspan, Johnson would help them do just that.

He’s a long-term project as even Moses Moody would be a much better win-now candidate. However, his upside as a scorer, his length, and his athleticism gives him the edge over almost every other prospect that will be available at No. 7.

It may not be the path Golden State takes, but it’s not one I’d be upset if they explored.

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Keon Johnson gets invite to NBA Draft green room

Rocky Top Talk 16 July, 2021 - 05:17pm

Johnson gets invited to attend the NBA Draft with other potential lottery picks plus family, friends

Similar to the NFL Draft, the NBA invites a group of players to attend the draft in person and sit in front of the stage, usually surrounded by respective moms, dads, other family and friends. These players are the ones you’ll see walk up on stage, put on the hat of whichever team drafted them and then shake hands/ take pictures with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

The players invited are usually expected lottery picks, though there’s typically a few surprises come draft night that sometimes results in uncomfortable waits for the guys who got green-room invites but end up falling in the draft. This year’s draft is back to a bit pre-pandemic normalcy, as last year’s draft was held virtually, but that only exacerbates the potential for awkwardness. You get the invite, get all G’d up with your mom and dad, then boom, before you know it, the first round is over and it’s just you and your folks on national TV sitting there while all the other invitees are now officially NBA players. Ouch.

Moving on — noticeably absent from Givony’s list is Jaden Springer. I’d say there’s still a couple more invites out there that will be named soon, so let’s hope Springer gets one. The Vols having two guys walk across that stage would be great publicity.

Former Gonzaga standouts Jalen Suggs, Corey Kispert receive green room invites to NBA draft

The Spokesman-Review 16 July, 2021 - 12:53pm

Former Gonzaga standouts Jalen Suggs and Corey Kispert have received green room invitations at the NBA draft.

It’s another strong indication that Suggs, likely to be selected in the top four, and Kispert, a possible lottery pick (top 14), shouldn’t have to wait long before hearing their names called July 29 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Green room invites are extended to about 20 top prospects, who gather in a staging area with family, friends, agents and others important to their careers while Commissioner Adam Silver announces first-round picks.

When they hear their names called, players make the short walk to join Silver on stage.

Fifteen players, including projected No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham, have been invited to the green room and five more invitations are expected, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.

The NBA typically seeks opinions from team executives when formulating the green room list. It’s not a guarantee that invited players will be taken in the first round, but it generally signals they have a strong shot at being in the lottery or at least in the top 20.

One of the NBA’s goals is to avoid players experiencing an uncomfortably long wait in front of television cameras waiting for their names to be called.

Suggs will become the Zags’ second one-and-done freshman, joining Zach Collins, who was taken with the 10th overall pick in the 2017 draft. Suggs has a shot at becoming the program’s highest draft pick, held by Adam Morrison (No. 3 to Charlotte in 2006).

Suggs, a 6-foot-4 point guard who earned AP second-team All-America honors, is expected to be in the top four with Cunningham (Oklahoma State), Jalen Green (NBA G League Ignite) and Evan Mobley (USC).

Suggs averaged 14.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.9 assists.

Kispert was a unanimous first-team All-American and first-team Academic All-American. The 6-7 wing had a huge senior season, hitting 44% of his 3-point attempts and averaging 18.6 points and 5.0 rebounds.

Kispert generally falls in the 10-20 range in most mock drafts.

NBA.com’s compilation of 12 mock drafts, updated a week ago, has Suggs at No. 4 to Toronto and Kispert just outside the top 14. Suggs goes to Toronto in 11 of the 12 mock drafts, with CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish pegging Suggs at No. 2 to Houston.

Kispert is selected as high as No. 10, according to the Ringer, and at No. 11 in two mocks.

The NBA.com consensus draft has Moses Moody at No. 12, Jalen Johnson at No. 13 and Alperen Sengun at No. 14, with Kispert the lone player mentioned in other prospects to watch.

Eight players – Cunningham, Green, Mobley, Suggs, Scottie Barnes, Jonathan Kuminga, Davion Mitchell and Josh Giddey – are lottery picks in all 12 mocks drafts.

Former Gonzaga stars Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke were in the green room and first-round round picks in the 2019 draft held at Barclays Center. Washington picked Hachimura at No. 9. Clarke went to Memphis at No. 21. It was the first time two Zags were selected in the first round of the same draft.

ABC and ESPN will televise the draft, which begins at 5 p.m.

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Another twist emerges on Ronaldo’s Juventus future -

JuveFC 16 July, 2021 - 12:15pm

mendes can absolutely do one!!!! we are not a charity destroying our club for a greedy millionaire with an ego and controversial past catching up with him, bad enough he stays this season.

It is possible that Mendes’ new demand is a way to allow Ronaldo to leave without an embarrassing or acrimonious off-loading saga. Cristiano’s camp makes a request, juventus analyze it and reject it in business grounds, and Mendes and juve negotiate the terms of separation.

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