Pels' Van Gundy doesn't see set position for Zion

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Andrew LopezESPN

Two years removed from coaching in the NBA, Stan Van Gundy was looking for a “great opportunity” before returning. He believes he’s found just that in the New Orleans Pelicans, a team equipped with what he called two of the more unique talents in the league in Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram.

Van Gundy said Ingram, the 2019-20 NBA Most Improved Player, can play the game like a point guard at times, and he didn’t want to label Williamson as a power forward or a center just yet.

“I think you have a vision what [Williamson] is, which is a multi-talented guy,” Van Gundy told reporters Tuesday at his introductory news conference. “He is an unbelievable playmaker for a guy at his size. He’s a guy who can take the ball off the glass and lead the break and make plays.

Sources: Jazz being sold in $1.66B agreement

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The Miller family has entered into an agreement to sell the Utah Jazz and Vivint Arena to Qualtrics founder Ryan Smith for $1.66 billion, sources told ESPN.

Smith, 40, is a lifelong Utah resident and Jazz fan who built software company Qualtrics before it sold for a reported $8 billion in November 2018. Smith had a longstanding relationship with the franchise, which included a philanthropic jersey patch that raised over $25 million in recent years.

The NBA board of governors must formally approve the sale.

The Miller family, owners of the Jazz for 35 years, has overseen significant success: 16 50-win seasons, nine division titles and two Western Conference championships. Only the San Antonio Spurs have a better winning percentage than the Jazz (1,470-1,014, .592) since the 1989-90 season.

Smith takes over a basketball operations that remains in strong shape, including four straight playoff appearances. The

Ranking NBA teams by their TV ratings

NBA TV ratings have been a hot-button issue over recent years, but particularly this season, with the numbers falling to record-low levels, especially for nationally-televised games.

There were various reasons for the NBA’s ratings to be down, but at the end of the day, none of them matter; the league just has to hope they’ll bounce back next season when things are at least slightly more normal.

We were curious about which NBA teams were the most-viewed this season, so using regular-season games, we compiled a ranking of every team by their average viewers.

Below, you can check out our ranking of every NBA team by their TV ratings.

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NBA draft podcast: LaMelo Ball, James Wiseman, sleepers and trade talks

By | October 28, 2020

In this episode of the HoopsHype podcast, Michael Scotto is joined by colleague Bryan Kalbrosky to discuss the latest rumblings surrounding the NBA draft, including where LaMelo Ball, James Wiseman, Anthony Edwards, Onyeka Okongwu, and other top draft picks could land. The duo also shares their sleepers for the draft class and which teams could make trades. Below are some snippets from the podcast and time codes. You can listen to the full podcast above.

1:50 Why Ball could be the top pick and go to the Minnesota Timberwolves

Kalbrosky: I think Minnesota would be a really interesting fit for him because you pair his 6-foot-8 height with D’Angelo Russell, who’s 6-foot-5 as well, and you’ve got a jumbo-sized backcourt. You see a lot of backcourts in the NBA where there are two ball-dominant players. You see it with

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2013 NBA re-draft: The way it should have been

By | October 27, 2020

The 2013 NBA Draft is best known for the historical bust selected at No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Anthony Bennett.

But looking back, the draft class ended up being pretty solid, with a two-time league MVP falling to 15th in Giannis Antetokounmpo, an elite bucket-getter falling to 10th in CJ McCollum, an All-Star 2-guard being taken second overall in Victor Oladipo and a multi-time Defensive Player of the Year in Rudy Gobert going 27th overall.

If we were to re-draft that whole class, those four players would certainly be the Top 4 selections in some order.

Below, we re-draft the 2013 NBA Draft the way it should have been.

No. 1 pick: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Actual position: No. 15
Career earnings: $81,087,052
Career stats: 20.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.3 bpg, 52.6 FG%, 28.5 3P%

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NBA prospect Saddiq Bey breaks down Plato's 'Allegory of the Cave' (and other things)

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Villanova Wildcats star Saddiq Bey was one of the best shooters in college basketball last season and has all the makings of a future pro.

Golden State Warriors forward Eric Paschall, who played alongside the prospect on the Wildcats in 2018-19, told HoopsHype that Bey is “next up” in the lineage of players from Villanova who will have success in the NBA. Not only is Bey a fantastic shooter (45.1 percent from 3-point range as a sophomore) but during our recent interview, he was also willing to break down Ancient Greek philosophy with HoopsHype.

Please note that this interview transcription was very minorly edited for clarity. 

What have the last few months looked like for you? How have you improved the most during the offseason?

Saddiq Bey: I mostly just work out, every day. I don’t really do too

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