Warriors vs Pacers : The Indiana Pacers and the Golden State Warriors duke it out at the Oracle Arena on Thursday night.The Indiana Pacers have been in a bit of a slump as they’ve lost eight of their last 12 games and they will be hoping to put an end to a three-game losing streak after falling short against the Clippers in a 115-109 road loss on Tuesday.
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Wilkes definitely can score, but the issues with him this year were a question of consistency. How consistently can he score and how consistently he can defend? With that being said, I would venture to say that the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago this May, as well as individual team workouts are going to go a long way in determining exactly where Wilkes gets drafted, if he gets drafted at all. I would predict that teams will look at the lack of solid coaching that he received and believe that there is enough talent to draft him at least in the second round.
We wish Wilkes the best as he moves on to the next stage of his basketball career.The Bulls will have a top 10 pick for the third consecutive season and it’s likely that the next piece of their rebuild is playing in the NCAA Tournament this weekend.
A handful of our Bulls analysts – Mark Schanowski, Mark Strotman, Michael Walton and Joaquin Carrig – have picked out 12 of the top prospects in this year’s class who you can watch during March Madness.
The list is done in order of when each player’s team tips off, so don’t be concerned that Zion Williamson isn’t leading things off. All times listed are Central Time. TV channels are listed in parentheses.
Ja Morant, PG, Murray State – 3:30 p.m. vs. Marquette (TBS)
Stats: 24.6 points, 10.0 assists, 1.8 steals, 50.3% FG
The Spurs, accustomed to picking at the end of the first round most years, are in a rare position this offseason as they will enter the 2019 NBA Draft with not one, but two first round picks.
The second pick, which is top-20 protected, came along with DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl from the Toronto Raptors this past summer in the Kawhi Leonard blockbuster.
San Antonio general manager R.C. Buford and the Spurs’ front office have always been adept at striking gold at the bottom of the first round (see: Derrick White and Dejounte Murray).
With two selections in this years’ upcoming draft, the Spurs could add further depth to an already-talented nucleus of young players.Is Kris Wilkes the first of multiple UCLA Bruins who will enter their names in the 2019 NBA Draft? Per CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, Wilkes will hire an agent and enter his name in the 2019 NBA Draft pool. Since Wilkes appears set to officially hire an agent, he will not be able to return to UCLA to play basketball.Wilkes led the Bruins in scoring this year, averaging 17.3 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game.
Wilkes struggled some this year as both his field goal percentage and three-point percentage decreased from last season to this season.
The 6’8 forward is projected to be anywhere from a first round pick to not even drafted. HoopsHype.com has the draft projections of recent mock drafts from NBADraft.net, ESPN, SI.com, The Athletic and Bleacher Report. Only one site has Wilkes getting drafted.
Scouting Report: This could be the most entertaining opening round game on the schedule, featuring the top-rated point guard (Morant) against Marquette’s explosive scoring guard Markus Howard (25.0 points per game). Howard has been slowed lately by a left wrist injury but told reporters he should be fine physically for the tournament opener.
Morant averaged 24.6 points and led the nation with 10.0 assists per game during his sophomore season at Murray State, but questions persist about whether he can put up those kinds of numbers against elite competition. Marquette will present a tougher challenge defensively than any team Morant faced in the Ohio Valley Conference, especially with shot blocker Theo John waiting to protect the rim on Morant’s drives to the basket.
You can look for 6-foot-5 junior Sacar Anim to get the primary responsibility for guarding Morant on the perimeter, but keeping the lightning-quick guard from getting into the paint and drawing fouls will be a total team effort.
Marquette slumped badly late in the season, losing 5 of its last 6 games, but the Golden Eagles are used to playing against high caliber competition in the Big East Conference. NBA scouts will be watching closely to see how Morant performs under the high-pressure atmosphere of the NCAA Tournament. – Schanowski
Keldon Johnson, SF, Kentucky – 6:10 p.m. vs. Abilene Christian (CBS)