'Hawks in the NBA

Wayne Selden Jr. comes through with highlight jam in Memphis playoff victory

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/apr/21/316264/ Wayne Selden Jr., only experienced 14 regular-season games as an un-drafted rookie, but the former Kansas guard on Thursday night didn’t let a much larger stage keep him from delivering his first NBA Playoffs moment. With Memphis on its way to putting away Western Conference juggernaut San Antonio in ...

A KU fan's viewing guide to the 2017 NBA Playoffs

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/apr/14/316149/ Among the 16 former Kansas players active in the NBA during the 2016-17 regular season — henceforth known as the dawn of The Joel Embiid Era — only six get a crack at the spotlight known as The Playoffs. For those Jayhawks fans in search of a team to ...

Appearances in D-League critical to rookie Cheick Diallo's progress

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/apr/11/316074/ Now that the New Orleans Pelicans are out of the playoff race in the NBA’s Western Conference, the organization has been willing to give second-round draft choice Cheick Diallo a longer look before the regular season concludes this week. Playing more than 10 minutes for just the fourth time ...

Thomas Robinson aims to prove his worth with late-season increase in minutes

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/apr/03/315944/ As has been the case throughout his professional career, since leaving Kansas to become the fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft, Thomas Robinson has spent far more of this, his fifth, season in the NBA as a spectator than he would like. The Los Angeles Lakers, among the ...

Kelly Oubre Jr. making name for himself on defense

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/mar/30/315895/ Little stood out about Kelly Oubre Jr.’s first year in the NBA. The first-round pick out of Kansas played sparingly for a middling team that missed the playoffs, despite much loftier expectations. Rookie seasons are made to deliver hard lessons, though. Now Oubre has transformed himself into a much ...

Wayne Selden makes NBA debut with Pelicans, receives starting spot

Bobby Nightengale

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2016/mar/26/305480/ About a week after signing a 10-day contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, former Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. certainly has earned some opportunities to play at the sport’s highest level. Selden made his NBA debut Tuesday — receiving a spot in the start lineup alongside the likes of ...

Wayne Selden Jr. about to get first crack in NBA with New Orleans

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/mar/07/315154/ His post-college plans didn’t go exactly how he hoped after Wayne Selden Jr. left Kansas a year early to turn pro, but more than eight moths after going un-drafted, it looks like the athletic guard is about to get his first crack at the NBA. According to various reports ...

Joel Embiid out for season, but could still win Rookie of Year

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/mar/01/314961/ Since the NBA began handing out Rookie of the Year awards back in 1953, no winner has played in fewer than 50 games during the season in which he won it. Philadelphia center Joel Embiid just might turn out to be the first. [As many anticipated][1], following the Sixers’ ...

Sixers could "Trust the Process" and shut Joel Embiid down for season

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2017/feb/28/314915/ The NBA’s Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in November, December and January, Joel Embiid’s February came and went without him playing in a single game for Philadelphia. What’s more, at this point, it’s unclear if he’ll be back on the court in March or April. The former Kansas ...

How close is free agent Mario Chalmers to returning to the NBA?

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/dec/14/300658/ Mario Chalmers hasn’t appeared in an NBA game since he tore his right Achilles while playing for Memphis nearly a year ago. But the former Kansas star considers his return to the league imminent. During a lengthy interview with [The Summer Podcast][1] this week, Chalmers, currently a free agent, ...

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