'Hawks in the NBA

Stock watch: Early draft projections vary on Kelly Oubre Jr. and Cliff Alexander

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/apr/23/272327/ For the second year in a row, two Kansas basketball freshmen have left the program as one-and-done college players to chase their professional dreams and enter the NBA Draft. Unlike in 2014, when Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid both proved to be top-three picks, it isn’t easy to project ...

Dunkapalooza: Watch every slam Andrew Wiggins threw down this season

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/may/05/291003/ If you paid any attention at all to the 2014-15 NBA season — even as someone who accidentally stumbled upon highlights a few times a week — you likely noticed one-and-done Kansas product Andrew Wiggins wowing crowds as he soared through the air on his way to the rim. ...

Fearlessness, desire to improve made Andrew Wiggins Rookie of the Year

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/apr/30/290806/ Sit down. Take a deep breath. Some shocking news came out Thursday. Andrew Wiggins won the NBA’s 2014-15 Rookie of the Year award. While this honor was far from a no-brainer when the high-flying wing left Kansas and became the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft, season-ending injuries ...

Paul Pierce loving life as a veteran in NBA Playoffs

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/apr/28/290657/ There might not be many miles left on Paul Pierce’s NBA odometer. So what’s a 17-year league veteran to do? Of late the former Kansas star has taken the route of soaking every ounce of enjoyment out of the playoffs and life in general. First off, the 37-year-old can ...

Undrafted Tarik Black exceeds expectations in rookie campaign

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/apr/24/290494/ Given how the 2014 NBA Draft played out for Tarik Black, it’s hard to imagine his rookie season turning out any better than it did. Sixty players — including two of his Kansas basketball teammates — heard their names called on draft night this past June, while Black went ...

Veteran Paul Pierce turns it on for postseason opener

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/apr/18/290296/ That Paul Pierce from the 2014-15 regular season — you know, the one that looked every day of 37 years old, with 17 seasons of NBA games continuing to break down his body. That was a hoax. A con man. At least that’s what the former Kansas star would ...

Five Jayhawks chasing glory in playoffs

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The 2014-15 regular season concluded this week in the NBA, marking the end of the road for the majority of former Kansas players in the league. Cole Aldrich, Darell Arthur, Tarik Black, Ben McLemore, Marcus and Markieff Morris, Thomas Robinson and Andrew Wiggins? All of them already find themselves in ...

Joel Embiid wowing Sixers while working back into game shape

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http://instagram.com/p/1RQAVRv1vv/ For the Philadelphia 76ers, next season can’t come soon enough. As expected (and, let’s be honest, intended), 2014-15 has been a giant bust: Eighteen wins. Sixty-one losses. Three games left. With another campaign of tanking coming to a close, what makes anyone within the Sixers organization optimistic next season ...

NBA All-Stars gush about Andrew Wiggins' potential

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/apr/06/289573/ With the 2014-15 NBA season quickly winding down, the Minnesota Timberwolves would like to remind you they have a future star in rookie Andrew Wiggins. The T’Wolves (16-60 with with six games left) do this because it’s better to look far down the road than focus on the fact ...

Tarik Black auditioning for his NBA future

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/apr/03/289497/ In the grand scheme of things, the next couple of weeks are fairly meaningless for the Los Angeles Lakers. At 20-54 with eight games left, the marquee franchise won’t come close to sniffing the playoffs this season. Really, the Lakers would be better off losing out to give themselves ...

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