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Past articles by Sam:

NBA Mock Draft 2022: Smith, Holmgren 1-2, Daniels goes to Blazers in Sam Vecenie’s latest two-round mock

This year's draft is generally seen as something of a question mark throughout the league. → Read More

2022 NBA Mock Draft, Final Four edition: Jabari Smith at No. 1; Bennedict Mathurin, Jeremy Sochan among big movers

We're in the middle of the pre-draft process, so while we have some answers on what the class will look like, we don't have them all. → Read More

Vecenie’s 2022 NBA Draft Big Board, 1.0: Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren in their own tier, preseason scouting notes, more

This draft season is going to be a wild one, with an awful lot of movement and players emerging and declining throughout the season. → Read More

2021 NBA Draft results: Round 1 picks, grades, analysis, trades including Cade Cunningham to Pistons – The Athletic

The 2021 NBA Draft is finally here. How did your team do? Our insiders are here to break it all down. → Read More

Vecenie’s 2021 NBA Draft Big Board, 1.0: Lack of info, scouting changes impactful

Analyst Sam Vecenie unveils his first ranking of the top-100 prospects (plus a few extra names) available in the 2021 draft. → Read More

Vecenie: 2019 NBA Mock Draft, 3.0 — Post-early entry deadline edition – The Athletic

NBA Draft expert Sam Vecenie's third mock draft reflects the early-entry decisions made by underclassmen who have declared for the draft. → Read More

Despite sticker shock, Karl-Anthony Towns is a historical anomaly worth every penny of his extension – The Athletic

I get it. I understand why there's going to be some immediate sticker shock on the Karl-Anthony... → Read More

After decade full of constant change, Mike James finally finds seat at NBA table

Two colleges, six teams and five countries. Suns rookie point guard Mike James certainly took the less conventional path to the NBA. → Read More

NBA free agency 2017: Grading the biggest offseason signings so far

NBA free agency kicked off once the calendar flipped to July 1. Let's take a look at some of the biggest deals so far, and give grades for the teams involved. → Read More

NBA Draft 2017: Results, pick-by-pick grades from Rounds 1 and 2

Here are the NBA Draft results, complete with grades and analysis for each selection. → Read More

In appreciation of Marian Hossa, whether this is the end of his career or not

A rare skin disorder will sideline Marian Hossa for the 2017-18 season, but his place in the Hockey Hall of Fame might already be reserved → Read More

NBA Draft scouting report: Malik Monk knows how to get buckets

Malik Monk was one of the most explosive scorers in college basketball this past season, but there are certainly some questions about his overall fit in the NBA. → Read More

NBA Draft Big Board: Evaluating biggest hits (and misses) in final prospect rankings

Without further ado, here is Sporting News' final 2017 NBA Draft Big Board. → Read More

NBA Draft scouting report: Will Lonzo Ball's immense talent outweigh concerns?

Questions remain about Lonzo Ball's overall fit in the NBA. Here’s what NBA teams can expect from him. → Read More

NBA trade rumors: Handing out grades for stunning Nets-Lakers deal

The Nets and Lakers consummated a stunning trade Tuesday night. What are the short-term and long-term implications of this shocking deal? → Read More

NBA Draft prospect rankings 7.0: First-round picks fight for position less than one month from draft day

Markelle Fultz is in a tier by himself ahead of the 2017 NBA Draft, but what about the rest of this talented class of prospects? → Read More

NBA Draft 2017: Semi Ojeleye isn't a star prospect, but he can be a star in his role

Even without a singular elite skill, former SMU star Semi Ojeleye has all the makings of a solid 3-and-D role player at the NBA level. → Read More

NBA Draft Combine 2017: Breaking down most memorable performers at lackluster event

Some prospects did as much as they could to put themselves in a better spot ahead of the 2017 NBA Draft, even with the limited usefulness of the events at the combine. → Read More

NBA Draft Combine: Markelle Fultz, Hamidou Diallo and other players to watch

Here’s a quick little primer on some of the players that will (or won’t) be in attendance who need to make a good impression at the NBA Draft Combine. → Read More

NCAA championship 2017: Gonzaga learns hard lesson about flawed nature of game it plays

It would have been nice to see a title game between Gonzaga and North Carolina without injuries or overzealous officiating. But basketball isn't played in a vacuum. → Read More