Joey Zocco 2015 NBA Mock Draft 1.0

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As everyone focuses their basketball attention towards the great NBA Finals series going on right now, the 2015 Draft is less than two weeks away. Here is my first Mock Draft. Continue reading

NBA Draft: Reaction to Top 5 Picks

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So the 2015 NBA Draft Lottery is over just like that, and no drastic changes to the draft order took place this year. There was no Cleveland or Chicago jumping nearly ten spots up to the No. 1 pick. Continue reading

The NBA Draft Lottery: Where Tanking Pays Off

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As four teams prepare to play in the conference finals the rest of the teams get their first look at what is in store for the upcoming offseason. The NBA Draft Lottery is being held tonight (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) and the 14 teams who did not make the playoffs get their moment in the spotlight. Continue reading

ZML Podcast: NBA Trading Season 1-16-15

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Joey Zocco calls Ricky Funaro to talk about the Association as the trade deadline approaches. They touch on a potential Nets trade, the Grizzlies actual trade, the Hawks and Warriors great start, and much more. They also make some NFL Championship weekend game picks.

ZML Podcast: NBA Christmas-ish Special 12-18-14

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Joey Zocco talks with Ricky Funaro about what’s going on in the Association as we approach Christmas. They discuss the current state of the Nets and Knicks, why Mike Malone got fired, and where they think Lance Stephenson and Rajon Rondo will end up. (Of course Rondo gets traded literally hours after recording this podcast. Thanks Rajon)

Lance Being Lance

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Yes, the headline is intended to mimic the “MJ Being MJ” headline from last week when Michael Jordan took to Twitter to show his competitive nature is still alive and well. Charlotte Hornets guard Lance Stephenson was at his antics again last night when he video bombing new New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher after a 96-93 Knickerbocker win. Continue reading

NBA Free Agency Changing Once Again

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Taken From 2014 NBA Free Agency on cbssports.com

LeBron James dominated (and continues to dominate) the headlines of the 2014 NBA Offseason just as he did four short years ago, but this time around his dominance is being perceived in a very different way. The one-hour televised special is a thing of the past; this year a letter announced where James would play along with Instagram posts asking and deciding what number The King should wear in his second stint with the Cavaliers.

James, along with the other big names who were free agents this offseason, made decisions on where to play in 2014-15 that would not be considered the norm in 2010. The “Big 3” craze started in the summer of 2010 when James decided to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in South Beach, and has tried to be duplicated on other teams ever since.

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2014 NBA Mock Draft 82.0

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With the NBA Draft just two days away, here is my final mock draft (with trades once again). Be sure to let me know what you think by commenting below or tweeting at me. And I hope you are not looking for mock drafts 1-81 because you will be looking for a long time (they do not exist).

TRADES:

*NY/OKC Trade: Thunder get Iman Shumpert, Knicks get No. 21 pick

OTHER MOVES TO LOOK OUT FOR:

-Phoenix has three first round picks (14, 18, 27) and does not want to add three rookies to an already young roster. Either a trade or the Suns will draft a player and stash them overseas.

-Sacramento is now actively shopping the No. 8 pick. Bleacher Report talked about a trade sending to Derrick Williams and Jason Thompson to Detroit for Josh Smith. This might then line up a trade involving Rajon Rondo (Smith’s close friend) for Sacramento’s No. 8 pick and other pieces.

-There is so many solid players in this draft that even as I was doing this mock draft Marcus Smart started to fall simply because of the team picking did not need a point guard. Look for teams to move up if a player like this actually does fall out of the top ten.

 

 

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas

Now with the injury to Joel Embiid everything gets shaken up. The Cavs could still trade the pick here, but right now they are not getting good enough offers to make a trade worth it. I am starting to think they stay put, take a player in Wiggins who owner Dan Gilbert likes, and go from there in trying to make the playoffs this season.

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Questioning the Rumors

Here is a look at to what I was thinking about this weekend as big news and rumors broke concerning the 2014 NBA Offseason. Side note: one last mock draft will be coming Tuesday with the NBA Draft a couple days away!

1. Cavs hire David Blatt as head coach? 

While the Cavs could have done much worse I just do not understand the hire if they are seriously in “win now” mode. A first time NBA coach is going to need time to adjust and that usually means more early season losses than wins (a la Jason Kidd). The team Kidd had this past season in Brooklyn was much more talented than the team Blatt will have in Cleveland in 2014-15 (unless LeBron James decides to come back home).

That leads me to LeBron: for the Cavs to have a real chance in getting him to come back I would think he would want to have a coach of his choosing that could help him win championships. Immediately I think of Mark Jackson who was successful in Golden State and probably shouldn’t have been fired. I think Blatt will be a good head coach if given some time to adjust to the NBA, but from what the Cavs have been saying they do not want to waste any more time outside of the playoffs.

2. Detroit wants to keep Monroe? 

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2014 NBA Mock Draft Zocc.0

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Photo From: slcdunk.com

With the 2014 NBA Draft set to take place on Thursday, June 26 which is just a little over a week away I realize I am late to the NBA Mock Draft party (ESPN’s Chad Ford just put up his Mock Draft 8.0). I waited until know to make some predictions of who will be drafted when because who really cared about the draft while the NBA Finals were going on (Go Spurs!).

With that being said here is my Mock Draft Zocc.0 (pronounced zock-point-oh), which is a little different than all the other mock drafts out there because mine includes trades. The current draft order (before any of my predicted trades) is the picture about the article in an attempt to not confuse you too much. So here goes nothing. Enjoy my mock and get ready for a crazy draft night on June 26!

TRADES:

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