If Ball does the same, he could also have a long and illustrious career. The comparison has nothing to do with the way both point guards play the game, but has everything to do with the way they carry themselves off the court. Ezeli, on the other hand, had a rock-solid NBA career going for him before a combination of injuries and a shift in style of play pushed him out of the league. The Milwaukee Bucks lead the NBA in defensive rating, sitting below 102. Also, by listing three players we have a much better shot at being right, which is all that really matters. I had Bey rated as the fifth-best player in this draft, because he’s powerful, tough, a terrific shooter, a determined rebounder and a guy who has been a part of one of college basketball’s best developmental pipelines. Pope Francis wanted to learn more about how the players brought attention to the issues. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. Commissioner.com is a registered trademark of CBS Interactive Inc. site: media | arena: nba | pageType: stories | But Detroit general manager Troy Weaver is taking advantage of the Nets’ generosity. Let’s put those back-to-back NBA Finals out of the discussion, because the credit all goes to LeBron James for bringing the Cavaliers to both. The Milwaukee Bucks lead the NBA in defensive rating, sitting below 102. section: | slug: nba-draft-2020-player-comparisons-for-james-wiseman-lamelo-ball-anthony-edwards-and-other-top-prospects | sport: basketball | route: article_single.us | Everyone looks like a star when they play in Philadelphia. Some talent evaluators aren't sold on Haliburton as a lead facilitator, so that leaves some questions about what he is in the NBA. Ben Simmons has the weight of the world on his shoulders going into his first year in the NBA. Sometimes a player is just a work in progress. McDaniels is a raw talent who would have benefited from hanging around studs like LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Covering the impact of coronavirus on the sports world. Actually – to be more precise – he can dominate every position he plays. As a result, Ezeli has been out of the NBA since 2016 — his last appearance was the legendary Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals, in which he started but did not play well in. Not only is Leonard on one of the best teams with the Spurs, he has the gift of playing for one of the greatest coaches to ever grace the NBA in Gregg Popovich. A big, playmaking forward with a solid 3-point stroke, Avdija has the tools to reach Schrempf's three-time All-Star and one-time All-NBA status. Ultimately if Ball is unable to finish around the rim and consistently make 3-pointers, his career could look closer to Satoransky's than Kidd's. What Francis lacked in efficiency, he made up for in aggressiveness and confidence, and Anthony seems cut from a similar cloth. Thus, Jones would become a free agent. Toppin is a dynamic athlete who is a scoring force around the rim and from 3-point range. Arguably the most impressive stat is his 82 games started. If Wiseman had been headed toward one of the NBA’s dysfunctional franchises, then his career might have stagnated, but instead he’ll join a team made of champions: Steph Curry, Draymond Green and, if he's healthy, Klay Thompson. He has modest jumping ability. Towns was already named 2016’s Rookie of the Year, and that will surely mark the first of many awards to come his way. There were players available throughout the first round who can become starters in the league, but almost none who figure to be stars eventually. Clarke began his NBA career as a 23-year-old and was a bright spot on a surprising Grizzlies squad last season. For every great game the erratic guard has, he follows it up with a few nauseating displays of awful shooting and questionable decision-making. Listen on Apple Podcasts | Spotify, Jalen Rose: Renaissance Man As he puts on that muscle, he’ll become an even more dominant low post player. This daunting task is enough to crack even the greats that have nerves of steel to support their talent. He may lose a step, but KD’s talent has, and always will outweigh his athleticism. Avdija is not a proven shooter, but neither is he a poor shooter, like some of those selected above him. The fact that MCW earned his rookie award as a member of the woeful 76ers makes that title come with a monster asterisk. Chances are Klay will be getting that superstar paycheck at the expense of the rest of his team and end up being the lone Mr. Do It All on a very bad squad. The NBA became the focal point of athletes’ responding to racial injustice after police shot Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin seven times. The 2020 NBA Draft wasn't deep in talent, but there were players who represented good value in Round 1. Why Brooklyn wouldn’t want to celebrate the good fortune of sitting there with a pick this late and having a 3-and-D winner like Bey fall in its lap, who knows? November 23, 2020 | 9:11am | Updated November 23, 2020 | 10:13am. An eight-time All-Defense forward, Cooper never averaged over 12 points per game but still had a successful and memorable NBA career.