Today’s featured draft profile will be on the University of New Mexico’s mellow sharpshooter, Tony Snell. Nicknamed the “Silent Assassin” by the Lobos faithful, Snell prefers to let his game do the talking, enforcing that reputation with his impressive showing last season against George Mason where he ignited for 27 points on only 12 shots; including the game winning 3-pointer with 01.2 left in the game. What did Snell do after? Get right back on defense.
Birthday: 11/10/91 – Projected NBA Position(s): Shooting Guard/Small Forward - Class: Junior - Ht: 6-7 - Wt: 198 - Hometown: Riverside, CA
2012-13 Per Game Averages: 12.5 Points – 2.9 Assists – 2.6 Rebounds – 42.2 FG% – 39.0 3P% – 84.3 FT%
Snell’s Pre-Draft Combine Results
Today’s featured profile will be on Michigan shooting guard, Tim Hardaway Jr. Yes, THAT Hardaway. The son of the UTEP alum, who gave the Knicks fits in the 90′s, as a member of the Miami Heat, with his scoring ability and signature crossover, has declared for the draft after a strong Junior year. One of my top 5 players at the shooting guard position in this year’s draft, Hardaway has matured from a wiry spot-up shooter at Miami Palmetto Senior High School into one of the most polished and NBA-ready prospects available.
Birthday: 3/16/92 – Projected NBA Position: Shooting Guard – Class: Junior – Ht: 6-6 – Wt: 200 – Hometown: Miami, FL
2012-13 Per Game Averages: 14.5 Points – 2.4 Assists – 4.7 Rebounds – 43.7 FG% – 37.4 3P% – 69.4 FT%
Hardaway Jr.’s Pre-Draft Combine Results
Today’s featured draft profile is on University of Miami standout, Shane Larkin. Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows two things: I love point guards, and I’ve been sold on Larkin since the Hurricane’s 27-point flogging of Duke, a contest in which Larkin shined with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists. The sophomore guard was expected to return to Miami after the Canes won the ACC regular season and tournament championships, but decided to take his shot at the NBA early.
Birthday: 10/2/92 – Projected NBA Position: Point Guard – Class: Sophomore – Ht: 5-11 – Wt: 171 – Hometown: Orlando, FL
2012-13 Per Game Averages: 14.5 Points – 4.6 Assists – 3.8 Rebounds – 47.9 FG% – 40.6 3P% – 77.7 FT%
Larkin’s Pre-Draft Combine Results
Look, I’ve always had a disdain for the Lakers. I’ve had that disdain for ages now, ever since the Kings and the Lakers were a premiere rivalry back in the early to mid 2000′s in the days of when Mike Bibby was actually alive and not a dead degenerate corpse, when Chris Webber was playing his absolute elite best basketball of his career and when Doug Christie was playing outstanding lockdown defense for a team not named the New York Knicks. For the Lakers, Kobe and Shaq reigned supreme along with Derek Fisher and Robert Horry hitting in the clutch, which made the rivalry more and more heated as time progressed.
Yesterday, my hate for the Lakers and Steve Nash is at a new level, but let’s expunge all of the antipathy about the Lakers for a moment. If you were paying attention to Twitter like I was for the majority of the day on a beautiful Fourth of July, it seemed like the 38 year old Nash was heading to the Big Apple. Some Knick fans on Twitter were on one hell of an emotional roller coaster about the sign and trade deal and other Knick fans were going bonkers as if an encore was being demanded at a concert. The emotional roller coaster part in that sentence is the equivalent to Iman Shumpert, who is probably my favorite rookie on the team that is coming off of a grisly torn ACL injury. The trade didn’t only contain Shumpert, though. The Knicks initial trade for Nash was Shumpert, Toney Douglas, Josh Harrellson, garbage time rookie Jerome Jordan and a couple of draft picks. But at this point post-Nash trade, it’s totally clear that Shump was the colossal stuffed animal dog at the carnival that you want so badly you’ll do anything to get him in this trade. More