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Postautor: elaine95 » 14 wrz 2018, o 10:21

There’s been little question that Arizona’s Deandre Ayton is the best of a potential-filled group of bigs at the top of Thursday’s NBA draft.

Ayton was a force in his lone college season and looks like the favorite to land with Phoenix as the No. 1 overall pick. Behind him are several talented big men including Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson Drew Brees Jersey , Texas’ Mo Bamba and Duke’s Wendell Carter Jr., who like Ayton all played just one year in college and could all hear their name called in the first 10 selections.

Here’s a look at the top prospects:

DEANDRE AYTON

The 7-foot, 250-pound big man can single-handedly dominate defenses, monopolize the boards and alter or swat shots.

STRENGTHS: Ayton offers an impressive mix of power and touch . He averaged 20.1 points and was a force around the rim with 75 dunks while shooting 61 percent from the field, yet he had enough range to hit 12 3-pointers to pull defenders away from the paint, too. At the other end Cortez Kennedy Jersey , 8.2 of his 11.6 rebounds per game came on the defensive glass to secure a stop.

CONCERNS: He wasn’t particularly effective (14 points on 6-for-13 shooting) in the first-round NCAA Tournament loss to underdog and undersized Buffalo. His lofty draft stock assumes he continues to develop physically and build on his game, including on the defensive end (averaged just 1.9 blocks despite his physical tools).

JAREN JACKSON JR.

The Michigan State one-and-done big man is a possible top-five pick with size, length and a reliable jumpshot.

STRENGTHS: The 6-11 Jackson, who averaged 10.9 points and 5.8 rebounds, offers two intriguing skillsets. First, he shot nearly 40 percent from 3-point range even as he attempted nearly three per game. He also averaged 3.0 blocks per game Junior Seau Jersey , aided by a wingspan measured at more than 7-5 at the combine.

CONCERNS: The 18-year-old (he turns 19 in September) had issues with foul trouble during the year, which helped limit him to 21.8 minutes per game on the season.

MO BAMBA

The 7-foot freshman from Texas has the potential to be an elite defender and rebounder – and that’s just a start.

STRENGTHS: Bamba averaged 12.9 points and 10.5 rebounds while shooting 54 percent from the floor. But it’s the defensive potential that stands out here; he ranked second nationally with 3.7 blocks per game, aided by a wingspan measured at an incredible 7-10 at the combine – three inches more than any other player.

CONCERNS: While he’s a good athlete, he’ll need to add some strength to a 225-pound frame to hold up physically in the paint against stronger opponents.

WENDELL CARTER JR.

Duke’s ”other” one-and-done frontcourt presence had his own big season, even if overshadowed by teammate and possible top overall pick Marvin Bagley III.

STRENGTHS: The 6-10, 259-pound Carter is a bit of a throwback with his post play. He has back-to-the-basket skills yet can step behind the 3-point arc Bronson Kaufusi Jersey , too. Carter averaged 13.5 points and 9.1 rebounds, posting 16 double-doubles. And he’s got enough bulk to battle up front at the NBA level.

CONCERNS: He doesn’t have a lot of foot speed, which can affect him in transition or at the defensive end. He also had bouts with foul trouble, ending when he fouled out in 22 minutes during an overtime loss to Kansas in the NCAA Elite Eight.

OTHERS TO WATCH

– MITCHELL ROBINSON: The five-star recruit curiously opted to play for Western Kentucky, then never suited up at the college level. The 6-11 center is a first-round prospect with upside to develop thanks to his length and athleticism.

– OMARI SPELLMAN: Spellman was the inside-out big man who shot 43 percent from 3-point range for national champion Villanova. He could be the defacto post presence capable of stretching the floor in a small lineup in the NBA, though he’s a likely second-round pick.

– ROBERT WILLIAMS: Texas A&M’s 6-10 sophomore is a gifted athlete (check out the windmill dunk he threw down in the Aggies’ NCAA Tournament win against Providence for proof). That and his defensive potential is a big reason why he’s a possible lottery pick.




Word early this week was that Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was going to hold out of Falcons training camp because he wanted the team to address his contract.

That fit with the way Jones handled the rest of the offseason as he skipped voluntary workouts and mandatory minicamp Mark Herzlich Jersey , but any initial plans became a moot point once the team and Jones reached agreement on a deal that will bump his pay more than $2 million this season.

Moot or not, Jones reported to camp and told reporters on Friday that those reports about his plans weren’t accurate. Jones said he was working on his own to get in the best shape possible and that he’d spoken to coach Dan Quinn and teammates to tell them that he would be at camp.

“I was already gonna come here. They took care of it. We knew all along we were gonna get it handled,” Jones said.

The revised deal Jones struck with the team this week comes with the expectation that they will come back after the season to address a deal that runs beyond the two years left on his current deal. Jones said he spoke to team owner Arthur Blank about being a “Falcon for life,” so it seems all is well in Atlanta between the team and its top receiver.

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