Being A Top Lottery Pick In The NBA To Being One Of The Biggest Bust In The NBA

 

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Some of the biggest NBA Draft busts of all time and where they are now?

In honor of the NBA draft coming up in June every year around the time the draft starts, notorious names from college and overseas become a household name. This year their are a lot of young talent entering the draft, but not all names live up to expectations once they enter the NBA. Each year there is lottery picks who do not showcase there skills as they did in college or overseas.

During this blog you will see familiar faces who use to be top athletes in college, who are now currently out of the NBA, let’s see where these player’s are now.

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Who remember’s Adam Morrison the University of Gonzaga standout shooting guard who took the Zags to the NCAA tournament Sweet Sixteen, and was considered to be one of the top college basketball players in 2005-06. He was also a finalist for the Naismith and the Wooden Award, and was a co-player of the year with J.J. Redick. Morrison’s career did not easily transfer into the NBA level.

Morrison was drafted No. 3 by Charlotte Bobcats and played two seasons with them, his best season was his rookie year averaging 11.8 points per game. In his next season with the Bobcats his performance and playing time decreased, and was cut from the rotation. Morrison left Charlotte and went to Los Angles in 2008-10 to play for the Lakers for two seasons. He had knee injuries throughout his career and never really seemed to be the player he was at Gonzaga. Out of the two seasons with the Lakers Morrison received an NBA championship ring (thanks to Kobe Bryant) but never played more than five minutes during the regular season and playoffs.

Morrison has tried to make a come back to the league, by joining summer league teams but was still waived from the team and decided to quite the NBA. Now Morrison is apart of the coaching staff at Gonzaga, mentoring future athletes.

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Kwame Brown

Kwame Brown.. Where do I start from here, well for starters Brown was drafted No.1 by Washington Wizards and has played for seven teams for 12 seasons. That’s already saying enough since he has been bouncing around teams ever since he came into the NBA. Brown was supposed to be one the next best centers, but due to injuries Brown was unable to hold his standards. Brown has averaged a total of 6.6 points and 5.5 rebounds during the course of 12 seasons on different teams.

There has been rumors that Brown may come back into the NBA, but a lot of teams are looking for younger and more skillful player’s at the center position, who do not have a huge injury history. We will see if Kwame Brown will make a comeback to the NBA in the future.

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Last but not least is Greg Oden who was drafted No.1 by the Portland Trailblazer in 2007.  Some believe that Greg Oden will “be remembered as the biggest bust in NBA history”. That’s pretty sad to stat being Oden was one of the biggest prospects coming out of the University of Ohio State and was seen as one of the next big stars in the league. But after five knee injuries, Oden has not been a consistent player in the NBA due to those reasons.

Oden has been on two teams and has been hurt almost every year, it’s sad to see these player’s not being able to showcase their skills that they had at the college level. But college and NBA are totally different levels of competition. I think if Oden did not get hurt he would still be in the NBA and would be one of the dominant centers today.

After March Madness is over and once June comes around, I will be watching and seeing who I think will be the 2017 NBA busts. So far, I have no predictions on who I think will be a bust, but I sure hope that each player in the draft this year will live up to their expectations. I do not want to see another Adam Morrison, Kwame Brown or Greg Oden who dominated the college level and not having an effect in the NBA. Injuries are apart of the game of basketball, and you can not control what happens on the court. With that being said I will be watching closely to see who will be the next big bust in the NBA.

 

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Freshmen Star Markelle Fultz Failed To Take The University of Washington To The NCAA Tournament

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Markelle Fultz (left) & Lorenzo Romar (right)

Lottery pick Markelle Fultz and Lorenzo Romar season did not go according to plan.

BREAKING NEWS! As of right now Lorenzo Romar will remain as the University of Washington men’s basketball team head coach next year, but UW is still evaluating other options. The city of Seattle must be pissed to hear this shocking news. This season the Huskies are a disappointing 9-21 heading into the Pac-12 tournament. Fultz suffered an injury that took him out of conference play, and the Huskies fell off the map and kissed their chance of reaching the NCAA tournament once again this season.

The way the Huskies played this season you would have thought that Lorenzo Romar was going to be fired as head coach. This is one of the most disappointing season’s in UW history, especially with a top lottery pick in Markelle Fultz who is leaving after his poor freshmen season.

At this rate the Huskies will fall once again to USC for their final conference game of the season, and will end up 9-22 overall and 2-17 in the Pac-12 conference at the end of the season. 12 in a row loses the Huskies suffered majority of their season, and it did not help that Fultz suffered an injury for a portion of games.

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Markelle Fultz (20) & Lonzo ball (2)

No tournament this year

The Pac-12 tournament is coming soon, and as of right now the Huskies are in no shape of making an impact in the Pac-12 tournament. If Markelle Fultz misses the first game of the tournament, it will be good-bye Huskies as they would most likely lose to whoever they face. Fultz, one of the 15 finalist for the John R. Wooden award that’s given to the nation’s most outstanding player, will not win the Pac-12 tournament or make it to the NCAA tournament as sad as it sounds.

Washington’s Markelle Fultz was named to all-Pac-12 team and the Pac-12’s all-freshmen list despite being dead last in conference play. The Huskies point guard is averaging 23.2 scoring average in the Pac-12. Although his stats are showing that he is a force to be reckoned with, Fultz was still not capable of leading his teammates to a winning season.

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Fultz (20) & Trier (35)

The end of the season

Even though, Fultz supporting cast was not as talented as Lonzo Ball (UCLA) or Dillon Brooks (Oregon) he did the best he could with what he was given. Last year, Fultz thought rookies San Antonio Spurs Dejounte Murry and Phoenix Suns Marquese Chriss were going to stay at the University of Washington when Fultz committed. Just imagine if those two would have stayed, who know’s maybe the Huskies would be nationally ranked in the country.

Another year has gone and I will not see the University of Washington men’s basketball team reach the NCAA tournament. My dreams have been crushed once again, to see UW not make an appearance in the tournament for another year. UW has been producing NBA athletes for some years now, but that does not mean anything because every year UW loses and their best player declares into the NBA draft after the season ends. UW can never build a powerhouse team because athletes always are one-and-done there. Which is bad tradition!

Next season is the ultimate test for the dawgs, where they will have the nation’s top player in Michael Porter Jr., who just won a 3A state championship at Nathan Hale high school this year. The Huskies are expecting Porter Jr. and a handful of new talent, to bring a new style of competitiveness to University of Washington next season. In hopes to reach the NCAA tournament!

 

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Former Trail Blazers Star Brandon Roy Has Become An Elite High School Basketball Coach In Seattle

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Brandon Roy head coach of Nathan Hale

How an Ex-NBA player turns a basketball team into the No. 1 3A team in Washington and top 10 high school team in the nation.

Former University of Washington Huskies and Portland Trailblazers guard Brandon Roy was once a star in college and the NBA. Now, he’s helping his own community out at the high school level in Seattle, Washington with a lot of talent and skill.

Brandon Roy is a first-year head coach at Nathan Hale high school located in north Seattle area. Roy was hired last year, taking a 3-18 overall record team to a 24-0 overall season this year. Take about major upgrade!

Brandon Roy made history taking a 3-18 team last year, to a 24-0 record this season leading Hale to their first Seattle Metro League boys basketball championship since 1992. Nathan Hale is now a perfect 24-0 and a top 10 nationally ranked high school basketball program.In Roy first season as head coach he was able to turn around a 3-18 team into a 24-0 team.

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Brandon Roy coaching Nathan Hale

The Miracle Man

Since Brandon Roy has joined Nathan Hale boy’s basketball team, Roy has received new player’s and changed the Raider’s program from losing to winning. Just a thought, how much of an impact did Brandon Roy change the high school team from losing to winning? Well, Roy has made the biggest impact in Nathan Hale history by turning their program around and making them the top team in the state of Washington and top 10 nationally ranked team in the nation.

To me it’s crazy how much a coach can have an influence on kid’s decision, to transfer schools based on a head coach status. Not to mention Brandon Roy is a hometown favorite who went to Garfield high school, and attended the University of Washington, where he led the Huskies to the NCAA tournament Sweet Sixteen twice in a row.

Nathan Hale also has one of the top players in the country in Michael Porter Jr., who is ranked No.1 for the class of 2017. Porter Jr. and his younger brother’s have joined him at Hale, as well a top 25 recruit in the class of 2019 P.J. Fuller and other new transfers. Roy has one of the top player’s in the nation who he has the privilege to coach and mentor.

Next season Michael Porter Jr. will attend the University of Washington as a top ranked freshmen. Porter Jr. is already considered a top lottery pick in the NBA, and he will be a one-and-done athlete after his freshman year to the NBA.

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Brandon Roy hugs his star Michael Porter Jr. after defeating the No. 1-ranked team

The Coach

Nathan Hale is playing in the 3A state tournament this week, and is the top seed in their bracket. My predictions are Hale will go all the way to the finals, and win the 3A state title. The reason why I believe Hale has the best chance of taking it all is because, for starters Hale has the top player in the nation in Michael Porter Jr. point proven, a head coach who has played at all level’s of competitive basketball in Brandon Roy and a balanced team who is not selfish.

Currently undefeated in the state of Washington and ranked No. 6 nationally, Hale has proven themselves against some of the country’s top basketball teams and one.  The team winning makes Brandon Roy seem much like, the all time best high school coach in the state. It also helps that he as a perfect record of 24-0 overall in his first year. Impressive! Brandon Roy will go down as one of the top high school basketball coaches, in the state of Washington.

That is why if the University of Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar does not win next year with Michael Porter Jr., you can consider his job in jeopardy. I see a bright future that Brandon Roy could be the next head coach at his alma mater at the University of Washington as a Husky.

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Can UW Star Markelle Fultz Lead The Huskies To A Win Before The Season Ends

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Despite Markelle Fultz being one of the top guards to come out of University of Washington and a top lottery pick going into the NBA draft this June the Huskies still can’t seem to win any games.

Another year has gone and the University of Washington men’s basketball team led by top NBA draft pick Markelle Fultz, has failed to attempt to make it to the NCAA March Madness tournament. UW has not made it to the tournament since 2011, despite UW receiving NBA ready prospects each year, the huskies cannot make an impact in the Pac-12 conference especially this season.

UW has been terrible this season, despite having Markelle Fultz lead the huskies. But remember basketball is a team effort, and that is what the huskies are lacking this season.

The huskies overall record is 9-18 and in conference play 2-13. This is one of the huskies worst season ever, since Lorenzo Romar has coached. Although Romar says that Fultz is the best UW guard ever, that still does not matter despite having such a poor record and not being able to lead the huskies to the tournament.

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Washinton has three more games to end the regular season, before heading into the Pac-12 tournament. The huskies are facing Washington state rival the Washington State Cougars (12-15 overall; 5-10 in Pac-12), who are surprisingly better than the huskies this season.

Last time the two Washington team’s met, WSU got the better of the huskies the first time they faced-off. I believe that the huskies can steal this victory which will bring confidence towards the husky team going into their next game against UCLA.

The following game is against the No. 5 team in the nation and No. 3 seed in the Pac-12 conference the UCLA Bruins (24-3 overall; 11-3 in Pac-12). Last time around the bruins ran all over the huskies in their own gym, and this time the huskies will be playing in UCLA’s gym. UCLA top player and top lottery pick in Lonzo Ball exposed the huskies defense last time they met. I believe that the huskies will lose again, since UCLA is a deep team and can expose their opponents in anyway. So I think that the huskies will fall again to UCLA.

The final game for the huskies is against the USC Trojans, who they lost to last time they met each other. USC (21-6 overall; 8-6 in Pac-12) has been a surprise in the Pac-12 this season, compare to their previous years being at the bottom of the conference. Last time the huskies and trojans met, the trojans defeated the huskies easily during the second half. I think this time around the huskies could have a shot at defeating the trojans, if the huskies can pull their defense together and not let go of the lead then the huskies are sure to win.

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So coming to a conclusion, my opinion stands that the University of Washington men’s basketball team could win 2-3 games remaining the season. If you look at the numbers the huskies are always in the game during the first half, besides the UCLA game where they got exposed from start to finish. If the huskies can tigten up their defense they can pull off some up-sets to end the season. But despite that I believe that Fultz will challenge his teammates to become more motivated to win their final three games before Fultz enter’s the NBA draft during June.

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Russell Westbrook Not Starting In The All-Star Game

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Russell Westbrook Point guard for Oklahoma City Thunder.

Despite putting up over 20 triple doubles so far this season Russell Westbrook is still not worthy of starting in the NBA All-Star Game.

In case you been living under a rock, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder will not start in this year’s NBA All-Star Game. This is breaking news because Westbrook is averaging a triple-double, meaning he averages more then 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists per game. At this rate he is one of the favorites to win this season MVP award the way he is carrying his team. He is a force to be recognized in the league, and is doing so with a lack of a supporting team, and he is still not receiving the credibility to start in the All-Star Game.

Why Not Russell?

While the world may be wondering why someone who puts up triple doubles almost every night, didn’t get a starting position on the heavily deep western All-Star team. My beliefs bring me to the issue between Russell Westbrook and head coach of the All-Star Game Steve Kerr and his team player’s Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and newly acquired and former teammate of Russell Westbrook Kevin Durant. So far, this season the Golden State Warriors have won every match up between Oklahoma City Thunder, and during those heated games a lot of anger, frustration and emotion was shown from start to finish. I know it’s sad to see Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook not teammates anymore back on OKC, but time’s have changed and so have Westbrook and Durant. But, that’s another story! The main focus is why is Russell Westbrook not starting in the All-Star Game, he definitely deserves it for what he has proven so far this season.

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Averaging a triple-double apparently is not enough.

This year the Western conference is filled with talent, especially in the guard position. Not everyone can earn a spot in the All-Star Game, which is hard for some players to accept that they are not “All-Star worthy” player’s. Since Westbrook is averaging a triple double more then any active player in the league, he deserves a starting position for the West All-Star team. I understand that Steve Kerr is head coach and he rather see his star Stephen Curry start at the point instead of Russell Westbrook. Also, that All-Star votes are depended on fan voting, which means that the fans select who they want to see and start in the All-Star Game. The fans have spoken and decided to see Curry and Durant of the Golden State Warriors start the All-Star Game, instead of the triple double machine in Westbrook.

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Russell Westbrook (left) receiving the MVP award in 2016 and Kevin Durant (left) congratulating him.

Can Westbrook play with Golden State Warriors?

This will be an awkward game for Russell Westbrook, since he has to partner up with his enemies on the GSW roster and has to listen to the Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. Last weekend Westbrook and Durant and the rest of the GSW played in a heated match up. During the game I watched Westbrook and Durant saying disrespectful words to one another, which led to a heated game that the GSW won. It’s going to be hard to watch Westbrook and Durant play together, I wonder if their will be all smiles or frowns during this years All-Star Game.

In my opinion the All-Star Game is completely not fun to watch anymore. My reasons are for one, the fans select who should start and be on the roster. I think the All-Star Game should be based on the best performances from the top athletes from both West and East conference. As of right now Westbrook is putting up the best stats in the NBA, despite his field goal percentage and turn-over ratio affecting him to be the top player in the league. I still believe that Russell Westbrook is the best point guard and top 5 player in the NBA this season. Russell Westbrook should start in the All-Star Game! What I would like to see is Westbrook, Durant and Harden all start during the All-Star Game and play together just like they use to in Oklahoma City. The All-Star Game will be on February 19, let’s see if Westbrook will receive enough playing time to defend his All-Star Game MVP title for the third time.

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Michael Porter Jr. and the Nathan Hale Raiders defeat Oak Hill Acdemy at Hoophall Classic

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Jan. 16, 2017- Micheal Porter Jr. and Nathan Hale player’s receive bragging rights and trophy during the MLK classic against Oak hill academy

All-American Micheal Porter Jr. shows off his skills while defeating No. 7 Oak Hill Academy

Seattle Washington newest elite basketball player Michael Porter Jr. coming out of Nathan Hale High school in north Seattle, was the talk of the Martin Luther King day basketball classic tournament. Nathan Hale played against one of the premier basketball prep schools in the country Oak Hill Academy. Nathan Hale put away Oak Hill Academy 80-77.

The All-American Michael Porter Jr. dropped 37 points as the Raiders topped one of the best prep schools in the country. Porter also delivered  five rebounds with four assists and three steals in the game that was broadcasted nationally on ESPNU.

“Maybe this is the first time a lot of people have seen us play, but (Porter) is the type of guy that tried to do everything and he can do a lot,” Nathan Hale coach Brandon Roy said.

Oak Hill, ranked No. 7 in the nation and Nathan Hale ranked No. 8, the Raiders (14-0) proves that Hale is a power house in the state of Washington.

Porter Jr. was not alone in this win with teammate help from P.J. Fuller II who also sparked an offensive game, by dropping 17 points to match Porter Jr.  Micheal’s younger brother Jontay Porter who had 13 points with seven rebounds and a few assists.

As you can see Porter Jr. is a humble kid who values his teammates effort and support to lead the Raiders to defeat Oak Hill Academy. Be on the look out for the Raider’s to make an impact from here on out, where they are hoping to make it to the state tournament and win it all.

Michael Porter Jr. has recently committed to the University of Washington men’s basketball program.  Michael Porter Jr. is rated No. 2 in ESPN for class of 2017. In hopes of the Huskies returning to the Pac-12 tournament after failing to reach it multiple times, the Huskies are confident that come around 2017-2018 season the Huskies will make a return to the NCAA division I tournament.

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Height over Heart

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Denver Nuggets

NBA Rumors: Sixers looking to add depth in Point guard position

Local Seattle Washington native,  former University of Washington standout and a successful business man in the greater Seattle area, Nate Robinson is looking to make a return to the NBA.

Most of us know of Robinson’s success in the league, from his notorious slam dunks, quickness, speed, ball handling skills, 3-point shooting expertise and of course his height. It takes more heart then height for Nate Robinson to be successful athlete.

The Philadelphia 76ers are looking to upgrade their point guard rotation, and to add more scoring for their team. It appears they are looking at a wide variety of guards who can fit into their 15th man roster.

According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sixers are scouting point guards Nate Robinson, Jordan Farmer and Yogi Farrell as potential targets to sign for a 10-day contract and hopefully stay on the team for the remainder of the 2016-2017 NBA season.

With a few of the Sixers starting guards being sidelined due to injuries, only one guard remains healthy.

Robinson has already spent majority of the time in the NBA as a “role” player. At the age of 32, Robinson last played two games with the New Orleans Pelicans last season, before being waived and tried out for the Seattle Seahawks as a wide receiver.

Look for Nate Robinson to make an NBA comeback within these few days for the remainder of the season.

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