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As far as ESPN's draft analytics model is concerned, there was plenty of value to be found in the second round last night. In addition to these, the Mavericks picked up two talented players very late in Ray Spalding (Analytics Rank: 24) and Kostas Antetokounmpo (30).
Every draft model will yield at least slightly different results from another, but hard not to notice that the team that -- according to Ben Alamar's poll of executives -- best uses draft analytics (Rockets), took the player (De'Anthony Melton) that was ranked 13th by our model (and best available) with the 46th selection. Per the model, Melton has seventh-best chance to become an all-star caliber player in this class...the six players in front of him all were drafted in the top 10.
Analytics will have a greater impact on some teams choices tonight more than others. ESPN's Ben Alamar surveyed executives to find out who in the NBA uses draft analytics the best.
Oakland's Kendrick Nunn has worked out for the Pistons, Suns, Nets, Bulls and Thunder thus far. Nunn, one of the NCAA's top scorers last season, has workouts scheduled with the Nuggets, Kings, Mavs and Rockets and will work out in front of nearly 100 pro personnel at the Impact group workout this week.
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Capping an in-depth look at year one of Ben Simmons' NBA career, ESPN outlines just how deserving a Rookie of the Year the Aussie was.
ESPN analyses the play of Ben Simmons in the post-season, and whether the 76ers' run to playoffs should be deemed a success.
All-Star selection eluded Ben Simmons in his rookie year, and talk of his exclusion reached all the way to Australian parliament.
Gordon Hayward said the East is still a tough conference after the departure of LeBron James and arrival of Kawhi Leonard, but he expressed confidence that the Celtics have "everything we need to make the run at the whole thing."
ESPN looks at the off-court style flashed by Ben Simmons as a rookie, including the infamous kangaroo chain.
ESPN analyses the lofty player comparisons Ben Simmons drew throughout his Rookie of the Year campaign.