The 2017 NBA draft class has been heralded as one of the best in several years. There are many extraordinarily talented prospects available, and it’ll be interesting to see how that impacts the number of first-round picks moved before next month’s NBA trade deadline. Unlike other sports, first-round picks usually aren’t off limits in the NBA when it comes to trade talks, but teams in need of depth or youth might re-consider that stance over the next few weeks. The depth and talent of this class also will help teams that are likely to have lottery picks but might not want another young player who’ll take time to develop. The Boston Celtics, who are able to swap first rounders with the last-place
Matt Farrell is one of the biggest reasons Notre Dame is alone in first place in the ACC. Notre Dame point guard Matt Farrell insists he was pretty good the past two years too even if he didn’t get many chances to prove it. Buried behind future NBA draft picks Jerian Grant and Demetrius Jackson as a freshman, Farrell didn’t leave the bench in more than half Notre Dame’s games and played scant minutes in the rest.
Hammer action — sometimes referred to as a Hammer play or a Hammer set — was made ubiquitous in the modern NBA by the San Antonio Spurs. First, the Hammer part of any set is a back screen to setup a cut by a wing player around the arc to the corner (or sometimes on a flare to the wing). Second, the Hammer always happens away from the ball side of a play.