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  1. This Year, Top Draft Picks Are Ready to Mix It Up

    Henry Abbott

    The last few years, a lot of top players haven't been willing to work out against each other. Then Gerald Green's agent arranged for him to work out alone, and he went from the high lottery all the way to Boston at #17. Maybe that's part of the reaso...

    Blog | May 31, 2006
  2. Still hope for Anthony Bennett

    Henry Abbott

    David Thorpe has been watching the top overall pick in the 2013 draft, and says with that size and those beautiful shooting mechanics, it's far too soon to call Anthony Bennett a bust....

    Blog | February 07, 2014
  3. Race to the bottom

    Henry Abbott

    Would an injured Kobe Bryant help or hurt the Lakers' chances of a top pick? Can the Pelicans lose enough games to get into the top five so they won't have to give the 76ers their 2014 draft pick? Chad Ford on tanking....

    Blog | January 20, 2014
  4. Accidental tankers

    Henry Abbott

    Chad Ford says the Kings are in a sweet position to win a top draft pick, even though they've been trying to win games. Meanwhile, simulations show it's increasingly unlikely any team other than the Bucks, Jazz, Cavaliers, Kings, 76ers, Lakers or Mag...

    Blog | January 06, 2014
  5. Victor Oladipo wants Cleveland

    Henry Abbott

    A secret ESPN.com survey of NBA front offices found that in private GMs and scouts rate Victor Oladipo above all others in the 2013 NBA draft. If the Cavaliers, who hold the top pick, see things that way -- it's one of many going theories -- Oladi...

    Blog | June 27, 2013
  6. TrueHoop TV: Ben McLemore

    Henry Abbott

    He's 6-5. He shoots like Ray Allen. He dunks on people. He's a candidate to be the top overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft. And yet, he still gets confused, now and again, with that guy who raps about thrift stores....

    Blog | May 21, 2013
  7. A baker's dozen with Bradley Beal

    Henry Abbott

    Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images As the draft approaches, several teams are focused on Florida guard Bradley Beal. Some drafts have suspense about who will be the top overall pick. In this draft, Anthony Davis secured that spot months ago. The...

    Blog | June 27, 2012
  8. Greg Oden's story isn't about basketball, for now

    Henry Abbott

    Photo courtesy of Tom LipmanIt's missing the point, now, to worry about contracts or statistics. Greg Oden. The world got to know him as a basketball player: The magnificent Ohio State big man, the top overall draft pick, the next Bill Russell. ...

    Blog | November 19, 2010
  9. Good luck at last for the Wizards

    Henry Abbott

    Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images After a miserable season, Irene Pollin was surprised to find her Wizards had won the top pick. A report from the NBA draft lottery at the NBA in Secaucus, New Jersey, where the Washington Wizards followed u...

    Blog | May 18, 2010
  10. Clippers Drafting for a Different Kind of Need

    Henry Abbott

    Posted by Kevin Arnovitz The Los Angeles Clippers probably don't deserve the top pick in the upcoming draft, not after piling up 61 losses in disreputable fashion, but they need the pick just the same. It's not that the Clippers lack talent -...

    Blog | May 20, 2009
  11. Blake Griffin: Not Dreaming of Oklahoma

    Henry Abbott

    With the draft lottery this evening, a lot of the half-joking talk is that the Oklahoma City Thunder may have some inside track on the top pick. When the top player in the draft was from Chicago (Derrick Rose) the Bulls won the lottery. When the top ...

    Blog | May 19, 2009
  12. Wayman Tisdale Made Music

    Henry Abbott

    Wayman Tisdale died this morning at the age of 44. The 6-9 former Pacer, King and Sun, who was 1985's second overall draft pick, is up there with Magic Johnson and Bill Bradley, at or near the top of the list of NBA players who achieved great suc...

    Blog | May 15, 2009
  13. Greg Oden Arrived?

    Henry Abbott

    There you go, America. Greg Oden -- the man who was projected as a top overall draft pick since he was a junior in high school -- has arrived. Took just 12 shots, but managed 22 points and 10 rebounds. It's in all kinds of stories as his coming out p...

    Blog | November 19, 2008
  14. First Cup: Monday

    Henry Abbott

    K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune: "Summer league or not, the hype machine has started for Monday's matchup in Orlando between Derrick Rose's Bulls and Michael Beasley's Heat. But there's one small problem: The top two picks in the NBA draft aren't...

    Blog | July 07, 2008
  15. Nothing Like a Little Luck

    Henry Abbott

    You think these Conference Finals are hard fought? That's friggin' child's play compared to the intense, back-stabbing, and brutal competition to become an agent representing a top NBA draft pick. Those young men are basically big pots of gold at the...

    Blog | May 27, 2008
  16. Greg Oden Revisits the Knife, Portland Cringes a Little

    Henry Abbott

    When the Blazers, saddled with the wonderful dilemma of the top overall pick in the great 2007 draft, announced that they would select Greg Oden first, there was much rejoicing ... and a smattering of boos from a small but persistent batch of Kevin D...

    Blog | September 10, 2007