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NBA sets dates for return with October finals

Jun 21, 2020 - 8:34 AM

The NBA targets to cap off the 2019-2020 season with the finals in October

TOP TEAMS. The Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks are the top contenders for the NBA 2019-2020 season title. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

LOOKBACK: How the 1984 NBA Draft made an impact on the PBA

May 30, 2020 - 5:22 PM

The PBA holds a strong link to the 1984 NBA Draft, perhaps more than any other year

ALL-TIME GREAT. The PBA named the Best Import award after Bobby Parks, a seven-time winner. Photo by PBA Throwback and Trivias (@pbaarchive)

Thon Maker’s 6-foot-11 cousin enters NBA Draft

Apr 26, 2020 - 11:44 AM

Kenyan-born teen Makur Maker impresses as a mobile big man with ball-handling skills

NBA HOPEFUL. Makur Maker, who relocated to the US in 2015, played in Arizona. Photo from Maker’s Instagram (@makurmaker1)

Top college prospect Edwards declares for 2020 NBA Draft

Mar 21, 2020 - 12:30 PM

NCAA star guard Anthony Edwards decides to join the NBA Draft after the virus outbreak abruptly ends his freshman season

ONE AND DONE. Anthony Edwards is a projected top-five pick after an impressive NCAA debut. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images/AFP

Zion Williamson excited for Pelicans rebuild with ex-Lakers core

Jun 21, 2019 - 4:34 PM

'I think we can build something over there,' the No. 1 NBA Draft pick on teaming up with Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and Lonzo Ball

THRILLED. Teen sensation Zion Williamson says he’s excited to join the Pelicans’ new young core. Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFP

Pelicans choose Zion Williamson first overall in NBA draft

Jun 21, 2019 - 8:47 AM

The teen standout becomes the new face of the New Orleans squad that traded All-Star Anthony Davis to the Lakers last weekend

TOP CHOICE. Zion Williamson poses with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being drafted first overall by the New Orleans Pelicans during the 2019 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFP

Pelicans eye Zion Williamson, future in NBA Draft

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:43 AM

After trading team star Anthony Davis to the Lakers, the Pelicans get a chance to reshape the franchise with Duke teen sensation Zion Williamson

Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

NBA draft lottery: Pelicans land No. 1 overall pick

May 15, 2019 - 9:54 AM

The Pelicans get a shot at picking Duke University superstar Zion Williamson in the June 20 league draft

FRESHMAN SENSATION. Duke University star Zion Williamson is widely predicted to be picked first in the NBA Draft. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: Sixers draft hometown kid Bridges, but things turn awkward

Jun 22, 2018 - 10:00 PM

The mom of NBA Draft pick Mikal Bridges gets all thrilled that his son is 'coming home,' but the Philly Sixers trade him to the Phoenix Suns minutes later

FLEETING. Mikal Bridges hugs his mom after being drafted 10th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: Cavs rookie Sexton tells LeBron to 'get back to the Finals' with him

Jun 22, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Cleveland's pick in the 2018 NBA Draft wastes no time in making his own pitch

BOLD NEWBIE. Reports say Collin Sexton won the Cavs’ management over with his character. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP

NBA Draft 2018: Winners and losers

Jun 22, 2018 - 5:08 PM

Check out who made the right and wrong forecasts of future cornerstones

NEXT GEN. Young hotshots (from left) Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Wendell Carter Jr. and Collin Sexton share a light moment during the 2018 NBA Draft. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP

NBA Draft 2018: Top 10 picks

Jun 22, 2018 - 10:28 AM

The Phoenix Suns make Deandre Ayton the first player from the Bahamas to get selected first overall

NUMBER ONE. Deandre Ayton (right) poses with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after getting drafted first overall by the Phoenix Suns. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP

IN NUMBERS: The 2018 NBA Draft

Jun 21, 2018 - 12:09 PM

Check out some key numbers heading into one of the most exciting offseason events

BEST BET. After a dominant season with the University of Arizona Wildcats, Deandre Ayton is expected to be picked first by the Phoenix Suns. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 20, 2018

Jun 20, 2018 - 12:01 PM

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2018 NBA Draft: Teams switch to the tall and lean

Jun 20, 2018 - 10:57 AM

Players listed between 6-foot-11 and 7-foot-1 are expected to be picked early in this year’s draft

NUMBER ONE. The 7-foot-1 Deandre Ayton of the Arizona Wildcats is the consensus top draft pick. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: Who wore his lucky undies in the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery?

May 16, 2018 - 12:41 PM

Check out the order and reactions during the lottery in Chicago

LUCKY CHARM. Phoenix rookie Josh Jackson, who represented the Suns in the NBA Draft Lottery, brings good fortune to the squad. Photo by NBA.com

WATCH: LaVar Ball gets booed as he leaves 2017 NBA Draft

Jun 23, 2017 - 5:14 PM

Not even a chorus of boos can wipe the smile off LaVar Ball s face

PROUD DAD. While Lakers fans may be excited about the drafting of Lonzo Ball, fans had no love for his dad LaVar Ball at the NBA Draft. Photo by Mike Stone/Getty Images North America/AFP

Alpha Wolf: Why Jimmy Butler fits perfectly with the Timberwolves

Jun 23, 2017 - 3:44 PM

The days of the T Wolves being Western Conference cellar dwellers may be over as Butler and co give Minnesota fans something to get excited about

TOP WOLF. The addition of Jimmy Butler to a Minnesota core that already includes Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns ushers in the franchise's most exciting period since the MVP days of Kevin Garnett. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

Jimmy Butler traded to Timberwolves in draft day deal

Jun 23, 2017 - 12:14 PM

The Chicago Bulls send Butler north in exchange for Zach LaVine Kris Dunn and the rights to Lauri Markkanen and Justin Patton

JOINING MINNESOTA. Jimmy Butler will be wearing a new uniform next season. File photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

Sixers make Fultz top pick, Lakers snag Ball second

Jun 23, 2017 - 12:02 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers pick Markelle Fultz first as expected while Lonzo Ball joins the Los Angeles Lakers

TOP PICK? Markelle Fultz is expected to go first in the 2017 NBA Draft. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America/AFP

Sixers like Fultz first, Lakers eye Ball as draft looms

Jun 21, 2017 - 10:31 AM

The 2017 NBA Draft takes place on Thursday June 22 Friday in Manila

TRUSTED PROCESS. Markelle Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals over 25 games last season for the University of Washington Huskies and will likely be heading to Philadelphia. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America/AFP

Celtics, 76ers complete swap of first, 3rd draft picks

Jun 20, 2017 - 1:50 PM

The 76ers are expected to make point guard Markelle Fultz the 4th number one pick in club history

TRUSTED PROCESS. Markelle Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals over 25 games last season for the University of Washington Huskies and will likely be heading to Philadelphia. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America/AFP

Celtics, 76ers to swap draft picks - report

Jun 18, 2017 - 4:46 PM

The 76ers are reportedly interested in drafting guard Markelle Fultz

TRUST THE PROCESS. The next step in 'the process' for the Philadelphia 76ers may be drafting Markelle Fultz. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Celtics get top draft pick, Lakers second

May 17, 2017 - 4:46 PM

The Celtics earn the top spot in the draft lottery 4 years after their decision to trade Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets in a blockbuster deal that enabled multiple first round picks to go to Boston

TOP PICK. The Boston Celtics get to pick first in the NBA Draft this year. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Australian Isaac Humphries declares for NBA Draft

Apr 13, 2017 - 5:00 PM

This decision didn t come easily for me My goal has always been to play professionally says Isaac Humphries

DECLARED. The 7-foot, 19-year-old will skip his final two years at Kentucky to seek a spot in the NBA. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

Celtics draft pick Jaylen Brown has Boston inside him

Jun 24, 2016 - 4:54 PM

My work ethic will speak for itself says Jaylen Brown

Pelicans pick Buddy Hield believes he’s the guy to help Anthony Davis

Jun 24, 2016 - 1:46 PM

They need a shooter They need somebody that can help Anthony Davis out and I’m the guy says Buddy Hield

Aussie Simmons taken first in NBA Draft

Jun 24, 2016 - 10:12 AM

Brandon Ingram goes second to the Lakers while the Celtics pick Jaylen Brown third

Comments, reports say Aussie Simmons set for top NBA Draft pick

Jun 22, 2016 - 3:43 PM

The 19 year old forward from Melbourne has reportedly been told by the 76ers that he will be their choice with the top pick

Ben Simmons could be the top pick of the 2016 NBA Draft. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron says potential top draft pick Simmons has 'all tools' for success

Jun 19, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The 19 year old 2 08 meter forward from Melbourne could go to the Philadelphia 76ers with the top pick in the annual allocation of new talent

Ben Simmons could be the top pick of the 2016 NBA Draft. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Did Mutombo know the NBA Draft Lottery results before it happened?

May 18, 2016 - 11:21 AM

Philadelphia won the top pick for the 2016 NBA Draft something one of the team s former big men seemed to know beforehand

76ers handed number 1 NBA draft pick

May 18, 2016 - 11:04 AM

The 76ers get a vital boost as they attempt to rebuild after yet another disastrous season

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Apr 19, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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First Chinese player in 9 years enters NBA draft

Apr 18, 2016 - 8:24 PM

Zhou Qi who gave Gilas Pilipinas headaches at the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship is headed for the NBA draft

TALL ORDER. Zhou Qi, seen shooting over Jayson Castro of Gilas Pilipinas at the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship, is following in the footsteps of Yi Jianlian and Yao Ming. File photo by AFP

Obama pays tribute to LSU basketball star Ben Simmons

Jan 15, 2016 - 10:18 AM

LSU standout Ben Simmons projected to be among the top NBA draft picks next year receives an endorsement from US President Barack Obama

HOOP IT UP. LSU standout Ben Simmons met US President Barack Obama and says he'd like to play ball with him one day

WATCH: Guy pretends to be NBA Draft pick, enjoys NYC night life

Jun 27, 2015 - 3:07 PM

One blogger got a taste of what it s like to be a star athlete in the big city after posing as the newest draft pick of the Utah Jazz

HIGH LIFE. Connor Toole is the life of the party as the newest member of the Utah Jazz. Or so they think. Screen shot from YouTube

Minnesota picks Towns 1st, Russell goes 2nd to Lakers in NBA draft

Jun 26, 2015 - 10:22 AM

Okafor falls to the 76ers the Heat steals Winslow two Europeans go in the top 5 and more

NBA veteran Luke Ridnour gets traded 3 times in 24 hours

Jun 26, 2015 - 5:53 AM

Luke Ridnour has been a member of the Orlando Magic Memphis Grizzlies Charlotte Hornets and Oklahoma City Thunder over the last few days

GLOBETROTTER. The rights to Luke Ridnour have criss-crossed the country in a very short period of time. Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images/AFP

T-Wolves mull between Towns and Okafor with top draft pick

Jun 24, 2015 - 4:28 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves could become the first NBA club to have three consecutive number one selections playing together in one season

TOUGH PICK. Karl-Anthony Towns (L) averaged 10.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots a game last season for Kentucky, while Duke's Jahlil Okafor (R) averaged 17.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots a game for the Blue Devils last season. File photos by Getty Images/AFP

Bobby Ray Parks Jr. works out for Jazz, thinks he did 'alright'

Jun 16, 2015 - 6:09 PM

The former UAAP MVP will also workout for four more NBA teams

Timberwolves snag first overall NBA draft pick, Lakers second

May 20, 2015 - 9:57 AM

Timberwolves get number one Lakers number two and the 76ers get to pick third in the upcoming 2015 NBA Draft

The Minnesota Timberwolves will have the first overall pick at the 2015 NBA Draft. Photo from Minnesota Timberwolves' Official Twitter account

Why the proposal for NBA Lottery reform was turned down

Oct 29, 2014 - 11:52 AM

Many expected the league to adapt new regulations to the draft lottery to discourage tanking Read why it didn t pass and what it means for the NBA

LOTTERY TICKET. Andrew Wiggins (R) was selected number one overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers despite the team having low odds of winning the top pick. File photo by Jason Szenes/EPA

Tankers beware, NBA Draft lottery changes are coming

Oct 06, 2014 - 4:43 PM

Changes to the way the NBA Draft Lottery is handled will discourage teams from tanking or losing purposely to gain higher draft picks

University of Kansas star Joel Embiid was the Philadelphia 76ers' reward for another season of bad losses. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFP

Holding Court: Bucks, Celtics nail draft, but...

Jul 02, 2014 - 4:25 PM

The Bucks and Celtics may have emerged as winners in last week s NBA draft but it is the Sixers who could become big winners if their managment s gamble pays off

SMART AND THE CELTICS. Marcus Smart after the Boston Celtics took him as the sixth pick of the 2014 NBA draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, USA, 26 June 2014. Jason Szenes/EPA

Holding Court - Ceiling wins over quick returns in NBA Draft

Jun 30, 2014 - 11:47 PM

NBA teams were looking to the future when picking from one of the deepest talent pools in recent Draft history

NEW FACES. From left: Doug McDermott, Andrew Wiggins, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, and Jabari Parker (R) along with other top NBA draft prospects on stage at the NBA Draft. Photo by Jason Szenes/EPA

Andrew Wiggins selected number one in NBA Draft

Jun 27, 2014 - 5:28 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers dipped into the Canadian talent pool for the second straight year by making Andrew Wiggins the top pick in the NBA Draft

Andrew Wiggins (R) poses with NBA commissioner Adam Silver (L) after being selected number one overall by the Cleveland Cavs. Photo by Jason Szenes/EPA

HIGHLIGHTS: NBA 2014 Rookie Draft

Jun 27, 2014 - 2:10 AM

Rappler s live blog of the 2014 NBA Draft

THE NEXT GENERATION. From left: Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker, who are expected to be top picks. Photos from Wikicommons

Holding Court - NBA Draft: A big 3 no more?

Jun 25, 2014 - 6:09 AM

The draft order has been thrown into chaos after news broke of Joel Embiid s foot fracture With days to go from the draft who will jump to the head of the pack?

THE NEXT GENERATION. From left: Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker, who are expected to be top picks. Photos from Wikicommons

The top 10 storylines of the NBA offseason (Part 1 of 2)

Jun 24, 2014 - 7:32 PM

From Kevin Love trade rumors Carmelo Anthony s free agency to the wrench thrown in the NBA Draft picture part one of the offseason s top 10 story lines

Carmelo Anthony has opted out of his contract with the Knicks, making him a free agent for the first time in his career. Photo by EPA

30 Years Later, the 1984 Draft class gets its due in NBA documentary

Jun 10, 2014 - 5:10 PM

Naveen Ganglani reviews the NBA s latest documentary The 84 Draft which centers around arguably the greatest draft class of all time

FOUR KINGS. Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley and John Stockton made up the cream of the 1984 crop. Photos from EPA and AFP