BROOKLYN, NY — It’s been a busy week in terms of players declaring for the 2017 NBA Draft, and it’s only Thursday.
There have been some surprises, like Robert Williams announcing that he was returning to school for at least one more season with the Texas A&M Aggies. Then, there were some decisions that were expected, like Markelle Fultz and Tyler Lydon.
The list has been filling up, and you can add another big time name to the list of players.
Per Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports, Syracuse’s Tyler Lydon will sign with an agent and declare for June’s NBA Draft. The sophomore forward stuffed the stat-sheet with 13.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.4 blocks per game this season.
Lydon, a 2016-17 All-ACC honorable mention, made an immediate impact off the bench as a freshman. The 6’9″ New York native posted four double-doubles and averaged 10.1 points and 6.3 rebounds during the Orange’s 2016 Final Four run. This past season, he one upped last year’s totals with nine double-doubles. Continue reading Syracuse sophomore Tyler Lydon to enter 2017 NBA Draft→
SEATTLE, Wa. — The season is barely over for some teams, but the attention is quickly turning to the future.
Several big name players will announce their intentions to either test the waters and declare early for the 2017 NBA Draft, or return to school for at least one more season. With the new NBA Draft rules that were implemented last season, we will undoubtedly see our fair share of underclassmen go through the pre-draft process before making a final decision.
It came as little to no surprise to Michigan State Spartans‘ fans when freshman forward Deyonta Davis opted for the NBA Draft after just one season in East Lansing.
Widely regarded as one of the best prospects in the draft, Davis had the look of a lottery selection on draft night. Several mock drafts had him slotted within the 14 picks in the lottery, while the vast majority had him as a first round pick.
On draft night, Davis remained in the green room, listening as names were called in the first round.
Davis’ name wasn’t one of them.
As the first round wound down, Davis was still waiting to hear his name as the Golden State Warriors made their pick at 30th overall. They went with big man Damian Jones, thus sending Davis into the second round.
When big man Jonas Valanciunas went down with an injury in the 2016 NBA Playoffs for the Toronto Raptors, many thought that the team wouldn’t advance far in the post-season.
But, as he showed over the course of the regular season, backup center Bismack Biyombo showed that he was no slouch. He was capable of playing big minutes and being an impact player on both ends of the floor for the Raptors. Biyombo was a key piece of the Raptors’ run to the Eastern Conference Finals.
After Toronto’s season came to an end, Biyombo opted out of his contract, becoming a free agent on July 1st. With Biyombo in a position to see a massive pay raise, and the Raptors possibly letting him go to another team, the focus turned to a backup center on draft night.
Several names were thrown for the Raptors in the 9th slot. From Henry Ellenson to Jakob Poeltl, and Marquese Chriss to Domantas Sabonis, the Raptors could have went several directions.
Over the last year and a bit, you’d be hard-pressed to find a player who has had a faster rise than that of Canadian guard Jamal Murray.
After bursting onto the scene for Team Canada at the Pan American Games, showcasing his talents against men and standing out without having played a collegiate game. He re-classified to the Class of 2016, and committed to the high-powered Kentucky Wildcats.
From there, he emerged as a star in the SEC, and across the NCAA as a whole. From his “bow and arrow” celebrations to record-breaking performances over the season, Murray quickly became the star of the loaded Wildcats’ team.