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For the second straight year, the New Jersey Nets have made a huge deal on draft day, adding two impact players and two potential lottery picks.

The Nets acquired point guard Jason Kidd from the Phoenix Suns for Stephon Marbury, Johnny Newman and rookie forward Chris Carr, according to sources

The deal came one day after New Jersey traded for former All-Star forward Keith Van Horn in exchange for center Todd MacCulloch and a future first-round pick.

For Kidd, it’s a return home; he grew up in nearby Alameda County and starred at nearby California before being drafted by Dallas with the No. 2 pick in 1994. The Mavs sent him to Phoenix in 1996 in exchange for Michael Finley, Sam Cassell, A.C. Green and a draft pick (which they used to select Shawn Bradley).

In June of 2001, Kidd signed a six-year extension with Phoenix worth more than $90 million. He is owed roughly $84 million over the next five seasons. The extension was negotiated under the assumption that he would be playing with Grant Hill, but Hill has suffered three major ankle surgeries since signing with Orlando as a free agent that summer.

The NBA Draft is almost here, and the Wizards will be selecting 15th overall. This mock draft takes a look at who might be available when Washington makes their pick.

1. Cavaliers: DeAndre Ayton, C, Arizona

– The Cavs are said to be torn between Bagley and Ayton for the first overall pick. However, with LeBron James on his way out it is hard to see how the Cavs would pass on Ayton as their future franchise center.

2. Kings: Marvin Bagley III, PF/C, Duke

– After missing out on Ayton and with no other obvious candidates for the first overall pick, the Kings have a tough decision to make. In the end they select Marvin Bagley III over Jaren Jackson Jr because of his offensive potential.

3. Hawks: Mohamed Bamba, C, Texas

– This one seems like a no brainer for Atlanta who will likely lose Dewayne Dedmond in free agency this summer. Bamba’s length is something you can’t teach and he has great potential as a rim protector in the NBA.

4. Grizzlies: Luka Doncic, SF/PG, Real Madrid (International)

– Memphis has already made it clear that they’ll be exploring trade

The NBA draft is an annual event dating back to 1947 in which the (now thirty) teams from the National Basketball Association (NBA) can draft players who are eligible and wish to join the league. These are typically college basketball players, but international players are also eligible to be drafted. College players who have finished their four-year college eligibility are automatically eligible for selection, while the underclassmen have to declare their eligibility and give up their remaining college eligibility. International players who are at least 23 years old are automatically eligible for selection, while the players younger than 22 have to declare their eligibility. Players who are not automatically eligible but have declared their eligibility are often called “early-entrants” or “early-entry candidates”. The draft usually takes place at the end of June, during the NBA offseason. Since 1989, the draft has consisted of two rounds; this is much shorter than the entry drafts of the other major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada, all of which run at least seven rounds. Sixty players are selected in each draft. No player may sign with the NBA until he has been eligible for at least one draft.

Beginning with the 2019 draft, undrafted NCAA underclassmen will be allowed to enter and go undrafted without loss of collegiate eligibility

The idea of the NBA draft is to use the non-playoff teams’ poor records from the previous season to help determine who gets those first few picks.

The teams that finish with the worst records get the most ping-pong balls. The team with the worst record gets 250 chances out of 1,000 (or 25 percent) at getting the No. 1 pick, while the second-worst team gets 199 chances (19.9 percent), and so on.

The draft was instituted in 1947, a few years after Bob Cousy broke into the league as a rookie and led his Boston Celtics to their first championship. He was one of five rookies who played for Boston that year and became known as “The Original Celtics” alongside Ed Macauley, Bill Sharman, Jim Loscutoff and Arnold “Red” Auerbach, who later became legendary as a coach and general manager.

There’s no doubt that some rookies are able to step in right away and make an impact, but they’re not often able to do it without any help. None of those players were able to lead their teams to a title in their rookie season; they were joined by more experienced players like Chuck Cooper and Bill Russell (the latter of whom did win his first

The NBA Draft is tonight, and we will be liveblogging all the picks, trades, and player-hat fashion. I’m here with Luke Winn, Rob Mahoney and Jay Caspian Kang. Rob will be updating this post as quickly as he can.

Luke: “We are about 15 minutes before David Stern steps to the podium to begin things. In the interim, I’d like to go on record as saying that if the Grizzlies draft Hasheem Thabeet with the No. 2 pick, I’ll eat this paper.”

Rob: “Ooh, adding a prop makes it so much more interesting. You know what would make it even more interesting? If Luke posts a picture of himself eating said paper on Twitter.”

Kang: “I believe that’s against NBA rules.”

Luke: “So is drafting Thabeet at No. 2.”

The NBA Draft is an annual event dating back to 1947 in which the teams from the National Basketball Association can draft players who are eligible and wish to join the league. These are typically college basketball players, but international players are also eligible to be drafted. College players who have finished their four-year college eligibility are automatically eligible for selection, while the underclassmen have to declare their eligibility and give up their remaining college eligibility. International players who are at least 23 years old are automatically eligible for selection, while the players younger than 22 have to declare their eligibility. Players who are not automatically eligible but have declared their eligibility are often called “early-entry” players.

The draft usually takes place at the end of June, during the NBA offseason. Since 1989 the draft has consisted of two rounds; this is much shorter than the entry drafts of the other major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada, all of which run at least seven rounds. Sixty players are selected in each draft. No player may sign with the NBA until he has been eligible for at least one draft.

Drafting a player is a lottery in which all non-playoff teams participate, except that teams which had obtained a playoff berth in the previous season only take part if they did not

We have released our 2017 NBA Draft Big Board, which features the top 100 prospects in this year’s class.

I’ve been scouting and evaluating these players for several months, and a few things became clear as I was compiling my rankings. In particular, it’s a very deep draft class. The top of the draft is loaded with high-end talent, but there are also quality players all the way down to No. 100.

This is not a particularly strong draft at the point guard position, but other than that there are real strengths in virtually every spot on the floor. A team drafting in the lottery should be able to fill virtually any need at either end of the floor.

What follows are notes on some of my favorite prospects, along with my rankings of the top 100 players in this year’s NBA Draft class:

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