Daily News - August 10, 2018
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Summer Forecast: 2018-19 NBA Rookie of the Year
Author: Staff Report
Our 2018 Summer Forecast kicks off with the highly anticipated rookie class. Is Deandre Ayton the savior the Suns brass need him to be? Can Marvin Bagley IIIdouble-double his way to Rookie of the Year contention in Sacramento? Will Dallas' Luka Doncic prove to be the best rook of the bunch given his modern-day fit as a 6-8 playmaker?
We asked our ESPN Forecast panelists to rank their top choices for the 2018-19 NBA Rookie of the Year. Here are the results:
1. Luka Doncic | G | Mavericks
First-place votes: 58 percent
Total points: 126
Our panel's ROY frontrunner is the most NBA-ready prospect in the 2018 class with a roster suited to his strengths. Doncic is an efficient stat-sheet stuffer who could eventually see more on-ball reps than incumbent Dallas point guard Dennis Smith Jr., lofting lobs to DeAndre Jordan and darting crosscourt dimes to Wes Matthews and Harrison Barnes. Though he's just 19, he should get opportunities -- the Mavs gave up their protected 2019 first-round pick to move up two spots and draft the Slovenian star. -- Mike Schmitz - CLICK HERE to read full story.
Isaiah Taylor Reportedly Agrees to 1-Year Contract with Cavaliers
Author: Rob Goldberg
Publication: Bleacher Report
The Cleveland Cavaliers and point guard Isaiah Taylor agreed to a one-year deal Thursday, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.
Taylor spent last season with the Atlanta Hawks, averaging 6.6 points and 3.1 assists per game in 67 appearances. The undrafted free agent originally signed with the Houston Rockets but spent most of his 2016-17 season in the G League (then known as the D-League).
The 24-year-old hasn't had much consistency at the NBA level, but he showed quality flashes during the past year for a lackluster Hawks team.
Taylor averaged 10.5 points and 4.5 assists per game after the All-Star break, starting nine of his 23 games. He scored 26 points against the Houston Rockets and totaled 20 points and eight assists against the Minnesota Timberwolves. - CLICK HERE to read full story.
Cavs signing former Hawks point guard Taylor
Author: Colton Jones
Publication: Amico Hoops
The Cleveland Cavaliers have added a third point guard, according to a report.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports the Cavaliers have agreed to a one-year deal with Isaiah Taylor. He will join veteran George Hill and eighth overall draft choice Collin Sexton as point guards on Cleveland’s roster.
The 6-foot-3, 170-pound Taylor, signed to a two-year contract last October, averaged 6.6 points, 1.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 17.4 minutes in 67 games for the Hawks last season, shooting 41.8 percent from the field, 35.0 percent from beyond the 3-point arc and 69.9 percent from the free-throw line.
In nine starts for the Hawks, Taylor’s numbers increased, as he averaged 13.2 points and 5.6 assists, shooting 43.4 percent from the field. - CLICK HERE to read full story.
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