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Grantland: Predicting the Draft Sleepers (Evan Fournier) Click on link for Video

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Click on link for video Evan Fournier Strength: Getting to the Rim Off of Ball Screens Nineteen-year-old Evan Fournier posted over 20 points per game last season in the French pro league. His biggest asset is his ability to get all the way to the rim off of a ball screen. He plays off of screens 50.8 percent of the time, shooting on 54.2 percent of those attacks. This past season, Fournier posted a PPP of 0.903 on 43.9 percent shooting, placing him in the top 25 percent of all international players (tracked by Synergy Sports). The reason for his high efficiency is that Fournier gets to the rim at a very high rate. Fournier has pretty good length, which is what allows him to finish over help defenders attempting to block his shots. If he sees a lane, he tries to get to the front of the rim, but if necessary, he'll throw a hesitation move at the defense. He has one year left on his contract with his French team, the Poitiers, though it has been reported that a buyout is possible. Weakness: Off-Ball Defense Fournier doesn't really stay focused all the time, especially on the defensive end. He has a tendency to lose track of his man, because he overhelps or because he ball-watches, which prevents him from closing out hard. According to Synergy Sports, in spot-up situations, Fournier allows opponents to shoot 43.6 percent while posting a PPP of 1.138, putting him in the bottom 20 percent among international players. Player Comparison: Less-Skilled James Harden Both Harden and Fournier come off of ball screens looking to get to the rim. Harden has more moves right now — though Fournier has a nice hesitation move — but their mentality is very similar.

Cleveland and Portland have talked about swapping picks.

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Tweet From Alex Kennedy NBA reporter for Hoopsworld. "Cleveland and Portland have talked about swapping draft picks, according to source. Cavs would get #6 and #11, Blazers would get #4 and #24." Absolute steal if we can get the same player we want, be it Barnes or Drummond.

Anthony Davis in Space

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"Anthony Davis is the antidote to this new breed of player—the archetypal new school shut-down four. He would be, in effect, the first of his kind. Kevin Garnett came closest to defining this role, but his career straddles the pre-zone and post-zone eras. Josh Smith suffers for his lack of height and a series of coaches who have simply never been able to conceive of this role for him. Davis has the potential to not only star at the next level, but set off a chain reaction of new ideas. Here’s a player who blocks three pointers with regularity, while simultaneously daring any player to face off with him in the paint. Ubiquity itself, in other words, capable of not only shrinking but commandeering the space that NBA offenses so cherish—pushing back their advances with his own creativity."

Tim Duncan: I'm a Spur for life

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Tim Duncan has no interest in testing the free-agent market. While Duncan is set to become a free agent on July 1, the San Antonio Spurs veteran told Yahoo! Sports that he plans to finish his career where it started. "Though I shouldn't say that; I have to threaten them that I'll leave," Duncan joked. "No ... I'm not going anywhere. You can print that wherever you want to. I'm here and I'm a Spur for life." No surprise really,but still awesome of Duncan to get that out of the way now.

Nation Mesmerized By Spurs' Dazzling Pass-Screen-Pass-Shoot Brand of Offense

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Brought to you from the Onion, Ladies and Gentlemen! I also have to link to the NBA commercial about the Spurs. Dazzlin

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Replacing Andre Miller: 6'8, 270 lb Royce White

Above: Iowa State's Royce White dishing the ball while Mizzou's Ricardo Ratliffe and Kim English defend. White showed off his LeBron James-esque (if you love him) or Boris Diaw-esque (if your...

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Replacing Andre Miller: Lets bring Chauncey home

While reading Bill Simmons' Grantland piece about the new-school Clippers, I stumbled across this passage about the importance of Chauncey to the young guns. Even thou he tore his Achilles and was...

Gorgeous HD highlights of the first year of the Chris Paul era.

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Oakley & Allen's The Clipset

Gorgeous HD highlights of the first year of the Chris Paul era.

Oakley & Allen: 2012 Knicks

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Oakley & Allen: 2012 Knicks

The Jruth

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Philadunkia breaks down Jrue Holiday's present playoff performance, and what could lie in store.

Grantland: Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph and just how far the Memphis Grizzlies can go

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About a month old, but a truly wonderful and comprehensive breakdown of Memphis' title chances and truly explains Rudy Gay's situation. Couldn't have written it better myself.

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Why the Browns' 29 year old Rookie QB Should Inject Some "Airraid" into Cleveland

As you may know, Cleveland drafted Brandon Weeden in the first round with the 22nd overall pick last Thursday. Weeden threw a superb 71 touchdowns last year, and has a rocketlauncher for a right...

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What if LeBron signed in New York?

You're only 26 years old. Despite being internationally beloved for your 1 in 7 billion ability to manipulate a small orange ball into a hoop, you are facing the decision of a lifetime. You may...

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Draft Profile: Jarius Wright, WR, University of Arkansas

Above: Jarius Wright makes a catch that defines ridiculous. (To see the entire plays full ridiculousness click on any of these words). Height 5-10 I Weight 182 lbs40 yard dash 4.42 I Vertical 48...

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Draft Profile-Russell Wilson

via cdn.bleacherreport.net Measurables Height 5-11 and 3/8Weight 201 lbs40 Yard Dash: 4.55 (2nd fastest in QB behind RG3)Vertical Jump: 34Broad Jump: 09'10" (4th best in QB)20 Yard Shuttle: 4.09...

Skip Bayless says the Browns should draft Weeden at 4

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They start talking about how overrated Tannehill is and at the end Skip says Weeden should be drafted at 4. ESPN will not let you embed so click the above link

Anatomy Of A Dunk Clip: Gerald Green

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Ridiculously awesome breakdown of Gerald Green's slam. Simply beautiful.

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Lin for MVP

Wow. I sure wasn't expecting this. Last 4 games, he has averaged 28.5 points per game (2nd in NBA if he played like this for the whole season) on 58% shooting! (3rd) 8 assists a game.(7th) 1.75...

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