Why They Are All Special: A Guide To The Top Five NBA Rookies
By Mat IssaThe NBA rookie class of 2021 has been as advertised and then some, garnering comparison to some of the more memorable draft classes of the 21st century. Now, without further ado, here is your guide to the best rookies in the 2021 NBA Draft class. The thing is, Cleveland wouldn’t be in this position if it weren’t for Mobley already looking like a seasoned NBA player in his first year. Each of these five rookies possesses the tools necessary to go down as the best of the bunch. — Mat Issa (@matissa15) March 3, 2022Basketball News staff rankingsMat Issa: Cunningham, Barnes, Mobley, Wagner, GiddeyMatt Babcock: Mobley, Cunningham, Giddey, Barnes, WagnerAlex Kennedy: Mobley, Cunningham, Barnes, Giddey, WagnerSpencer Davies: Mobley, Cunningham, Giddey, Barnes, WagnerEthan Fuller: Cunningham, Mobley, Barnes, Giddey, WagnerJustin Lewis: Mobley, Barnes, Cunningham, Giddey, WagnerDrew Maresca: Cunningham, Mobley, Giddey, Barnes, WagnerLooking to go to the hottest concerts, sports, theater & family shows near you?thewestsidegazette.com
Knicks' Obi Toppin wins dunk contest as others struggle
Obi Toppin won the slam dunk contest, earning a 47 on his final dunk when he needed to do little more than put the ball in the basket after Juan Toscano-Anderson couldn't on his previous try. Toppin, the New York Knicks forward, beat Golden State's Toscano-Anderson in the final round to win the event after finishing second as a rookie. Houston rookie Jalen Green and Orlando guard Cole Anthony failed to advance.news.yahoo.com
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USC shuts down Oregon 82-68 to end 20-year Elite Eight wait
The Trojans (25-7) clipped the high-flying Ducks with their length on the perimeter and 7-footer Evan Mobley in the middle. Oregon and USC have been a big part of the Pac-12's unexpected success in the Circle City. Oregon State and UCLA already advanced, so the showdown between the Ducks and Trojans meant a Pac-12 trio in the Elite Eight. USC had to reach back to the 2006-07 team with Nick Young and Taj Gibson for its last Sweet 16 ride. USC stretched the lead to 20 in the opening 3 1/2 minutes of the second half before the Ducks finally came to life.
Gonzaga, Baylor dominate AP All-America teams
(AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)Gonzaga and Baylor spent almost the entire season holding down the top two spots in the Top 25. Makes sense they'd hold down a bunch of spots on The Associated Press All-America teams. The Bulldogs' Corey Kispert and the Bears' Jared Butler led the way with first-team nods Tuesday from the national panel of 63 media members that vote each week in the AP Top 25 poll. Just like the first- and second-team All-Americans, their teams also will be playing in the NCAA Tournament this week. ___AP Basketball Writer John Marshall and AP Sports Writers Michael Marot and Stephen Hawkins contributed to this report.