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2019 Draft Prospects: Potential Big Man Candidates

2019 Draft Prospects: Potential Big Man Candidates

Grant Williams Stats (http://www.tankathon.com/players/grant-williams) Williams is one of the more interesting prospects in 2019. If this were a few years ago he may be well lower on people’s draft boards than he is now. Williams is 6’7.5” with a plus 2 wingspan at forward, which is the definition of a “tweener” in the classic sense. However in the last few years “tweener” has moved away from being a negative connotation for a guy who plays either forward spot (think Derrick Williams). It has become more of a real position where someone can interchange between...
Jun 11, 2019
2019 NBA Draft Profiles: The Presti and the Anti-Presti Targets

2019 NBA Draft Profiles: The Presti and the Anti-Presti Targets

Talen Horton-Tucker: Stats (http://www.tankathon.com/players/talen-horton-tucker): Next up among draft prospects is quite possibly the most Sam Presti guy of them all, Talen Horton-Tucker (THT for short). The Iowa State guard/forward stands 6’4” with a massive 7’1.25” wingspan and at age 18 can best be described as “toolsy”. That is to say he’s got lots of things that make him interesting in his abilities but none of them have really translated overly well on court. Horton-Tucker’s draft comparisons seem to pretty much span any imaginable possibility from...
Jun 10, 2019
2019 NBA Draft Profiles: The Kentucky Backcourt Duo

2019 NBA Draft Profiles: The Kentucky Backcourt Duo

Keldon Johnson Stats (http://www.tankathon.com/players/keldon-johnson) Next up in the group of potential draft candidates for the Thunder is Keldon Johnson. Johnson projects as another possible 3-and-D candidate. At 6’6” with a wingspan just over 6’9”, he’s shown some ability to shoot and is a high energy player who has rebounded pretty well for his position. Some of his draft comparisons from around the web include Otto Porter, Corey Magette, Garrett Temple (the younger version), and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Johnson is one of three Kentucky players likely to be...
Jun 5, 2019
2019 NBA Draft Prospects: Matisse Thybulle

2019 NBA Draft Prospects: Matisse Thybulle

Matisse Thybulle: Stats (http://www.tankathon.com/players/matisse-thybulle): Thybulle fits the bill of a Sam Presti target almost to a tee. Standing 6’5” with a 7-foot wingspan, he’s the reigning Pac-12 defensive player of the year award winner (see: Russell Westbrook and Andre Roberson for past winners). He was also the first major conference player to average over 3 steals and 2 blocks per game since at least 1992-1993 per basketball reference (that’s as far back as their records go for these numbers): He’s not the best shooter in the draft,...
Jun 4, 2019
Report: Thunder’s First Round Pick in Play

Report: Thunder’s First Round Pick in Play

A report states that OKC could use its first round pick in a trade to reduce team salary The NBA Draft is a little over two weeks away, and according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Oklahoma City Thunder are active in talks regarding the 21st overall pick: “The Thunder have had multiple conversations with various teams about using their No. 21 pick in a trade to reduce team salary and relieve financial pressure, league sources said.” Some may read this as strictly using the first rounder as an appetizer to dump unwanted contracts in order to save money. The old “salary dump”,...
May 30, 2019
The NBA Finals Arrive

The NBA Finals Arrive

What storylines are the most interesting heading into the NBA’s final games? The WTLC crew discusses. The NBA Finals are here in a matchup of former Thunder players (Thundermen? Thunderers?) Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka. Before game 1 tips off, the WTLC crew digs in with their thoughts on the series. *** 1) Kevin Durant is out for at least game 1 of the Finals. Golden State is 31-1 in its last 32 games WITHOUT Durant. With as little salt as possible, will the Warriors actually miss KD while he’s out in these Finals? Ben Mertens: They’ll miss him because he makes them invincible, but...
May 23, 2019
Around the NBA: Eastern Finals, Cavs, Lakers, and OKC’s Future

Around the NBA: Eastern Finals, Cavs, Lakers, and OKC’s Future

Which East team is best equipped to battle GSW? Is OKC’s future bright? And what’s going on with Dan Gilbert and Magic Johnson? The NBA never leaves us yearning for drama. The Eastern Conference Finals is knotted up while the Warriors cool their heels. The WTLC crew looks at that and other things around the association. *** 1) The Raptors have made an impressive comeback down 0-2 to tie the Eastern Conference Finals. But looking forward, would it make for a better NBA Finals if a healthy Bucks team played the Warriors for the title? Or can a banged up Raptors squad put up just as good...
May 20, 2019
Around the NBA: Portland, Pelicans, Paul and More

Around the NBA: Portland, Pelicans, Paul and More

Can Portland extend the series? Are the Pelicans more desirable now? What to make of PG’s achievements? Time marches on across the NBA. The WTLC crew discusses a few of the topics making noise around the league. *** 1) Portland has put up a fight, yet is on the verge of getting swept tonight. Can the Blazers extend the series? If so, how? Dom Flaim: I picked Warriors in 5, and I’m sticking to it for now. I think they extend it but mainly because even a focused Warriors can have a lull at times and a little bit of off shooting and a home crowd can at times swing a playoff game....