NBA execs poll: Luka Doncic top player to build around; Evan Mobley voted ahead of Zion Williamson

In September of 2020, HoopsHype polled 15 NBA talent evaluators and asked them to rank their top five Under 25 players to build around. We have repeated the exercise with 17 NBA executives this time. There was no change at No. 1, but quite a few …

In September of 2020, HoopsHype polled 15 NBA talent evaluators and asked them to rank their top five Under 25 players to build around. We have repeated the exercise with 17 NBA executives this time. There was no change at No. 1, but quite a few after that.

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic remains the first choice, though he’s no longer the consensus pick after a somewhat disappointing first half of the season in which he’s still playing himself into shape.

Boston’s Jayson Tatum barely retains No. 2 with half the share of the vote of last season while Ja Morant moves up to No. 3.

LaMelo Ball and Trae Young went from no votes to cracking the top five.

In our scoring system, the top player received 10 points, the second received seven points, the third received five points, the fourth received three points, and the fifth player received one point for each ballot.

The results of the poll are listed below.

NBA trade rumors: Jaylen Brown, Ben Simmons and more with Jake Fischer

https://open.spotify.com/embed/episode/2TurWlaJGMNdmH7sjSsFcI HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto and Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer discussed the latest rumors regarding Jaylen Brown, Ben Simmons, Russell Westbrook, Jerami Grant, Terrence Ross, De’Aaron …

HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto and Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer discussed the latest rumors regarding Jaylen Brown, Ben Simmons, Russell Westbrook, Jerami Grant, Terrence Ross, De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Joe Harris, Nicolas Claxton, and more on the NBA trade market in the latest edition of the HoopsHype podcast.

For more interviews with players, coaches, and media members, be sure to like and subscribe to the HoopsHype podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts. Listen to the podcast above or check out some snippets of the conversation in a transcribed version below.

The top trade candidate on each NBA team this season

Ben Simmons and Marvin Bagley are the early trade rumors leaders, and there will be plenty more to come this season. The 2022 free agency market could be dry, as colleague Yossi Gozlan previously wrote on HoopsHype, meaning teams could look to …

Ben Simmons and Marvin Bagley are the early trade rumors leaders, and there will be plenty more to come this season.

The 2022 free agency market could be dry, as colleague Yossi Gozlan previously wrote on HoopsHype, meaning teams could look to improve via the trade market.

So with the regular season already underway,  HoopsHype spoke with four NBA executives to gauge potential trade candidates and listed the player(s) most likely to be traded on each team.

Podcast: Ben Simmons, Kyrie Irving, Andrew Wiggins, Zion Williamson and Ja Morant

The futures of Ben Simmons and Zion Williamson, the vaccination statuses of Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins and Ja Morant’s All-Star chances

On the latest edition of the HoopsHype podcast, hosts Michael Scotto and Yossi Gozlan discuss the futures of Ben Simmons and Zion Williamson. The duo also broke down the vaccination statuses of Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins and whether Ja Morant will be an All-Star this season.

For more interviews with players, coaches, and media members, be sure to like and subscribe to the HoopsHype podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts. Listen to the podcast above or check out some snippets of the conversation in a transcribed version below.

NBA roster spot battles with Michael Scotto and Yossi Gozlan

Which NBA players will earn spots on the Blazers, Timberwolves, Nets, Raptors, Bucks, Hornets, Spurs, Grizzlies, Warriors, Thunder, Pelicans

On the latest edition of the HoopsHype podcast, hosts Michael Scotto and Yossi Gozlan discussed which players could earn roster spots on the Blazers, Timberwolves, Nets, Raptors, Bucks, Hornets, Spurs, Grizzlies, Warriors, Thunder, Pelicans, and more.

For more interviews with players, coaches, and media members, be sure to like and subscribe to the HoopsHype podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts. Listen to the podcast above or check out some snippets of the conversation in a transcribed version below.

Offseason losers: Blazers, Pels and more with Michael Scotto and Yossi Gozlan

Why the Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, and other teams were the losers of the 2021 NBA offseason. 

On the latest edition of the HoopsHype podcast, hosts Michael Scotto and Yossi Gozlan discussed which teams came out as losers this offseason, including the Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, and more.

For more interviews with players, coaches, and media members, be sure to like and subscribe to the HoopsHype podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts. Listen to the podcast above or check out some snippets of the conversation in a transcribed version below.

NBA intel: Goran Dragic, Evan Fournier, Daniel Theis, Aron Baynes and Reggie Bullock

The latest free agent reporting on Goran Dragic, Evan Fournier, Daniel Theis, Reggie Bullock and Aron Baynes from HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto

NBA free agency is upon us, here’s the latest intel gathered by HoopsHype on some of the notable free agents entering the market.

Charania: Celtics, Raptors to show interest in Lonzo Ball

Two more Eastern Conference teams are reported to be interested in Lonzo.

Add two more teams to the list of teams interested in Pelicans restricted free agent Lonzo Ball.

It’s been documented that the Chicago Bulls and Lonzo Ball share a mutual interest but according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, two more Eastern Conference teams are expected to share interest in Ball.

“Chicago we all know about their interests going back to the trade deadline. But I’m told two more teams that have shown interest in Ball — Boston, Toronto,”

Charania also noted interest from the Indiana Pacers, which Zach Lowe of ESPN mentioned this week that the ‘hot rumor’ circulating was a sign-and-trade involving Ball and Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon.

Check out the full clip above.

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Pelicans pick Trey Murphy at No. 17 in 2021 NBA draft

The New Orleans Pelicans draft Trey Murphy III out of Virginia with the No. 17 pick.

The New Orleans Pelicans selected Virginia wing Trey Murphy III with the No. 17 pick in the 2021 NBA draft.

Murphy III, who has seen his draft stock jump up the big boards through the draft process, can come in on day one as a plug-and-play for Willie Green and the Pelicans. Murphy brings outstanding size, standing at 6-foot-9 who can defend multiple positions with an almost 7-foot-1 wingspan.

On the offensive end, Murphy can absolutely fill it up from outside, shooting 43% from 3-point range last season at Virginia. Over his three seasons in college, Murphy is a 40% 3-point shooter.

In his junior season at Virginia, Murphy averaged 11.3 points and 3.4 rebounds on 50.3% shooting from the field.

Murphy’s fit with the Pelicans is seemingly perfect as he could fit in with any team. As an unselfish player who doesn’t need the ball in his hands, Murphy will be able to spread the floor offensively on top of helping defend the best perimeter players on the opposing team.

The Pelicans acquired the No. 17 pick in a trade on Monday with the Memphis Grizzlies, which send Eric Bledsoe, Steven Adams, and No. 10 pick for Jonas Valanciunas and the No. 17 pick.

Stay tuned to Lonzo Wire to see who the Hornets select with their three second-round picks.

2021 NBA draft: Live stream, how to watch, TV channel, start time

Find out when and where to watch tonight’s NBA draft.

As the 2021 NBA draft is just hours away, both the Charlotte Hornets and New Orleans Pelicans are looking to bolster their roster with young assets to continue their pursuits to contend as a playoff team come 2021-22.

Heading into draft day, the Hornets hold the No. 11, No. 56, and No. 57 picks. The Pelicans hold the No. 17, No. 35, No. 40, and No. 43 picks in tonight’s draft.

This morning, the Pelicans traded the No. 53 pick to the 76ers for cash considerations following swapping the No. 10 pick along with Eric Bledsoe and Steven Adams to the Grizzlies for the Jonas Valanciunas and the No. 17 pick on Monday.

Here’s when and how you should watch:

  • Date: Thursday, July 29
  • Time: 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT
  • TV Channel: ESPN, ABC
  • Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free) or via Watch ESPN, with active subscription

Check out the latest mock draft predictions for both the Hornets and Pelicans here.