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Should Dalton Knecht be a target for the Charlotte Hornets?

Player: Dalton KnechtSchool: TennesseeHeight: 6’6Class: Senior Stats: 20.2ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.0apg, 48 percent from the floor, 39 percent from three The Charlotte Hornets were able to make some moves around the trade deadline, and they certainly have some young talent to build around in the coming years.  However, the season still hasn’t been what many had hoped for, and it looks like the...

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Takeaways from the NBA Trade Deadline (Part Three)

Last Thursday, the annual NBA trade deadline concluded. Throughout the weeks prior, many fans anticipated a highly entertaining day with several potential blockbuster deals. While no superstars were ultimately dealt, notable players like Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, and Terry Rozier got moved earlier last month. Each of those specific deals have massive implications on the league, but we’ll...

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Takeaways from the NBA Trade Deadline (Part Two)

Last Thursday, the annual NBA trade deadline concluded. Throughout the weeks prior, many fans anticipated a highly entertaining day with several potential blockbuster deals. While no superstars were ultimately dealt, notable players like Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, and Terry Rozier got moved earlier last month. Each of those specific deals have massive implications on the league, but we’ll...

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Takeaways from the NBA Trade Deadline (Part One)

Last Thursday, the annual NBA trade deadline concluded. Throughout the weeks prior, many fans anticipated a highly entertaining day with several potential blockbuster deals. While no superstars were ultimately dealt, notable players like Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, and Terry Rozier got moved earlier last month. Each of those specific deals have massive implications on the league, but we’ll...

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Rising Young Star in the NBA: Coby White (Bulls)

Greenfield’s own and Phenom Hoops alum Coby White has been playing at another level this season for the Chicago Bulls, and he is truly showing that he should be in the All-Star discussion sooner rather than later. On the season, White is averaging a career-high 19.4ppg, 4.7pg, and 5.2apg, while shooting 47 percent from the floor and 40 percent from three. And those numbers are only increasing at...

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Cade Tyson (Belmont): An Under-the-Radar Draft Prospect to Watch for

The college basketball season is rolling through and of course, there are talks surrounding the upcoming NBA Draft and past that, so we thought we would join in on the discussion a bit.  We wanted to highlight a player that many aren’t talking about on the highest of levels yet, but he could be a prospect to keep an eye on as a potential NDA Draft prospect.  Sophomore 6’7 Cade Tyson has been...

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Why Dillon Jones is Worthy of First-Round Consideration

The transition into the new year always serves as a perfect time to start taking a closer look at draft boards and determining whose stock could climb. Each season, someone seems to emerge in an unforeseen manner. The weaker the draft, the more likely teams are going to swing for the fences or make safe, reliable choices. Although it’s gotten slightly more buzz over the last few months,...

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Second Round Sleepers from the 2023 NBA Draft

(#33) Minnesota Timberwolves- Leonard Miller It would've been such a Spurs-y move to keep Leonard Miller and develop him into a key piece as a second-round pick. Instead, the Timberwolves acquire him and basically dole out all their frontcourt minutes in the process. Although Miller has a ton of upside and long-term appeal, it might take a while (or a major trade) for him to find opportunities...

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Post-Summer League NBA Draft Grades

(#1) San Antonio Spurs Selection: Victor Wembanyama Grade: A+ Despite the casuals, doubters, and pessimists, Wembanyama showed a ton of elite attributes during Summer League. It's weird how a 7-foot-5 big man shooting the ball poorly in one contest was enough fuel for folks to start (laughably) calling him a bust. Instead, let's focus on the fact that Wembanyama will enter the NBA and...

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Phenom Hoops Alums represented well in NBA Draft

Jarace Walker – HoustonNo. 8 pick by Washington Wizards (Traded to Indiana) Jalen Hood-Schifino – IndianaNo. 17 pick by LA Lakers Noah Clowney – AlabamaNo. 21 pick by Brooklyn Nets Julian Phillips – TennesseeNo. 35 pick by Boston Celtics (Traded to Chicago) Hunter Tyson – ClemsonNo. 37 pick by Oklahoma City Thunder (Traded to Denver) GG Jackson – South...

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Breaking Down Bradley Beal to Phoenix

On Sunday, the Washington Wizards and Phoenix Suns came together to make a trade that immediately sent shockwaves throughout the NBA and its fanbase. The Wizards sent Bradley Beal, Jordan Goodwin, and Isaiah Todd to Phoenix in return for Chris Paul, Landry Shamet, and multiple draft picks. From afar, it appears that the Suns absolutely demolished the Wizards in this deal. However, there are...

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2023 NBA Draft: What Should Charlotte Do'

Each year, the NBA Draft serves as one of the biggest, most exciting events in professional sports. The months between the conclusion of the college season and the start of the draft allow for a ton of intrigue, speculation, and general discussion. Since 2004, this time period also doubles as the window when the Charlotte Hornets figure out the most precise way to shoot themselves in the foot...

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Why Cam Thomas Deserves More Respect

The NBA is a business. Anyone who follows the League knows that money comes first and feelings are secondary (like the recent Kyrie Irving contract situation). However, it seems as if some of these highly intelligent coaches have a tendency to outsmart themselves and overthink basic basketball principles. After Brooklyn traded their duo of star players, Cam Thomas seized the opportunity to...

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Phenom Hoops Throughout the NBA

After many years of working in grassroots basketball, one begins to realize just how many players you ultimately see playing in the NBA, G-League, or professionally overseas. Just last week, we took a closer look at the participants who were selected for the All-Star contest'and five of the 24 previously played in Phenom Hoops events. While there is no correlation between the two, it's just a...

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Phenom Hoops Represented at the 2023 NBA All-Star Game

Everyone who follows the NBA knows that the middle of February marks the 'halfway' point of the regular season and serves as the checkpoint for All-Star Weekend. Between personal pride, contract incentives, and individual legacies (in addition to the entertainment for fans), this game is meaningful to a ton of players. Phenom Hoops has been fortunate enough to see a variety of players make their...

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Is Oscar Tshiebwe the Biggest Sleeper in the 2023 NBA Draft'

Although the month of February is just starting, there's arguably no better time to look at the NBA Draft landscape. It's still prior to the NCAA Tournament (where certain players will inevitably blow up and see their stock take a massive rise), yet we have a large enough sample size to evaluate those who are being projected as draft selections. It goes without saying, but the first two picks...

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Why Darius McGhee Is Worthy of an NBA Opportunity

Photo Courtesy of Liberty University Objectively, no sport goes through more constant change than basketball. The various eras of the game since its foundation clearly highlight the differences in how much things have evolved over time. The addition of the shot clock, three-point line, or alterations to hand-checking mainly fall under the premise of rule changes (though these inserts did...

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NBA Draft Coverage: Grades and Analysis (Picks 21-60)

(#21) Los Angeles Clippers Selection: Keon Johnson (Tennessee) Grade: D Although folks have been consistently bullish on Johnson since the start of the college season, it's unclear as to why. He's a quality athlete but simply has glaring deficiencies within his game to warrant such a lofty draft position. While there isn't any who stands as an obvious pick here, it'll be interesting to see if...

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NBA Draft Coverage: Grades and Analysis (Picks 11-20)

(#11) Charlotte Hornets Selection: James Bouknight (UConn) Grade: B Like multiple others taken in the top ten, Bouknight steadily climbed draft boards throughout the last six months. The general public seems pretty excited about the dynamic pairing of Bouknight and Lamelo Ball, and rightfully so. Although he's not a reliable shooter, the UConn product's ability to hit jumpers in workouts left...

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NBA Draft Coverage: Grades and Analysis (Picks 1-10)

(#1) Detroit Pistons Selection: Cade Cunningham (Oklahoma State) Grade: A It's unclear why Detroit showed any motivation to move this pick, as Cunningham is about as safe as anyone in this draft. His IQ, size, and complete skillset brings obvious appeal to any NBA franchise in hopes of quickly turning things around. While he certainly does have All-Star potential, there is value in knowing that,...

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POB's Thoughts from NBA Draft First Round

The NBA Draft was on Thursday night, as players around the country were able to achieve their dream of playing in the NBA. There were a few surprises along the way but teams were hoping to find their next stars. Phenom Hoops tuned in as well and had some thoughts from the first round of the NBA Draft. Here are a few thoughts our own Patrick O'Brien had.

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Sleepers for the 2021 NBA Draft: Part Two

With the 2021 NBA Draft set to kick off in mere hours, we decided it would be advantageous to look at some potentially undervalued prospects set to start their journey in the League. There'are'players on this list currently climbing draft boards and projected to get drafted in the lottery'so technically not every prospect actually classifies as a 'sleeper.' However, the bigger emphasis is on...

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Sleepers for the 2021 NBA Draft: Part One

With the 2021 NBA Draft set to kick off in mere hours, we decided it would be advantageous to look at some potentially undervalued prospects set to start their journey in the League. There are players on this list currently climbing draft boards and projected to get drafted in the lottery'so technically not every prospect actually classifies as a 'sleeper.' However, the bigger emphasis...

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Is Isaiah Todd the Biggest Sleeper in the 2021-22 NBA Draft'

The NBA Draft is certainly amongst the most unique off-court events that takes place in any major sport. Between the kids getting draft, fanbases embracing new players, constant flux of player movement, and general unknown surrounding these prospects likelihood to pan out, it's easy to see why. However, the evaluation process is still an imperfect system, as various players still tend to...

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Why Trey Murphy Should Be a Lottery Selection

The NBA Draft is one of the most exciting annual events in professional sports, especially in terms of non-competition buzz. No other league's fanbase enjoys the 'other stuff' as much as the NBA and their following. Even the lottery system has become a fun, slightly more 'fair' way to determine who receives what pick (while also eliminating the need to tank, since the probability of tanking into...

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