NBA Draft Archive

Mejia: Lakers land Howard as Magic settle for less than expected

ORLANDO – The Lakers, Nuggets and 76ers woke up from their involvement in the Dwightmare with big smiles on their faces. The Magic, likely sore and weary, face a long day ahead. The day will extend for at least a couple of years, featuring more clouds than sun. By clouds, I mean losses. Lots of [...]

Mejia’s first round pick-by-pick analysis

A little freestyle, pick-by-pick, on Thursday night’s NBA draft. The accompanying photo pays homage to John Calipari’s strengthening influence as the event’s Godfather. Loved the tweet telling recruits he was sorry for being out of touch this week because of all the NBA personnel he had to confer with regarding his six prospects. All that’s [...]

Bobcats get paid off to expedite Pistons rebuilding

The natural inclination to wonder why anyone would take Ben Gordon’s contract on overwhelms the senses in this Detroit-Charlotte swap, but it’s not all that awful. You’re going to hear about Michael Jordan adding to his Hall of Shame executive career with this move, and I’m not trying to tell you Joe Dumars didn’t get [...]

NBA Draft prospects: Mejia’s Top 10 Cs

1. Anthony Davis, Kentucky: More of a four, but his elite shotblocking talents will have him anchoring defenses in New Orleans from the jump. It will be exciting to monitor his progress through his rookie year as opposed to pinning expectations on this draft’s lock No. 1. The fact he had guard skills prior to [...]

NBA Draft prospects: Mejia’s Top 10 SGs

1. Bradley Beal, Florida: Given his youth, upside and shooting mechanics, he’s going to be a quality performer for years to come at a position that’s becoming increasingly harder to fill with a can’t-miss type. Beal fits the bill. 2. Austin Rivers, Duke: He’ll have to find the right fit to take full advantage of [...]

NBA Draft prospects: Mejia’s Top 10 PFs

1. Thomas Robinson, Kansas: His work ethic and intensity has catapaulted him to lock top-five status, as does a demeanor that suggests he’ll keep fighting through the ups and downs. I flirted with placing the guy below in this spot since this is a projection game, but I’d find it foolish to take a gamble [...]

NBA Draft prospects: Mejia’s Top 10 SFs

1. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky: Super glue guy here, with skills so valuably versatile that anyone who watches him for five minutes can overlook the warts. Relentless with an extremely high IQ, he’s someone you’ll always want out there finding a way to make an impact. 2. Harrison Barnes, North Carolina: Once considered the top prospect [...]