How Accurate are Rankings? (Part III) Rivals Basketball Class of 2009

Washington Wizards guards John Wall (2) stands ready in the second half of Game 4 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs against the Toronto Raptors, Sunday, April 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Washington Wizards guards John Wall (2) stands ready in the second half of Game 4 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs against the Toronto Raptors, Sunday, April 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Continuing the Epochtimes’ series of looking retrospectively at past Rivals rankings, we present to you the third installation. This time, our focus shifts from football to basketball...

  • Tim Duncan, now 39, will return for his 19th season with the San Antonio Spurs. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

    Tim Duncan Returning to Spurs for Another Season: Will LaMarcus Aldridge Join Him?

    San Antonio Spurs big man Tim Duncan announced Thursday he’ll be returning for a 19th season. Duncan, who turned 39 in April, was named to... Read more

  • Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    Kevin Love’s $110-Million Re-Sign Validates the Wiggins Trade

    The Cleveland Cavaliers took a major step to keeping a title contender together when star forward Kevin Love announced on the Player’s Tribune that he... Read more

  • Jeremy Lin talks to fans at the opening of Adidas Sports Base 2015, at the Harbour-front exhibition space, Central Hong Kong on Sunday June 28. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

    Jeremy Lin Visits Hong Kong

    HONG KONG—Basketball superstar Jeremy Lin [Linsanity] flew into Hong Kong on Sunday morning June 28 to add a special touch to the opening of the... Read more

  • Rashard Lewis, Otis Smith, Stan Van Gundy

    Why NBA Teams Should Be Cautious of the Free Agency Spend-a-thon

    With rumors of the Knicks willing to shell out an absurd $38 million to sign guard Arron Afflalo—who averaged just 10.6 points per game in... Read more

  • The Knicks took Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth pick in the 2015 NBA Draft—much to the chagrin of most Knicks fans. (Elsa/Getty Images)

    Why the Knicks’ Much-Booed Selection of Kristaps Porzingis Will Work Out

    Let’s get this out of the way first: It’s difficult projecting an amateur player’s future value. Especially one from Europe, who isn’t visible in the... Read more

  • Michael Olowokandi, the first pick in the 1999 NBA Draft, but played on three different teams with minimal impact over a nine-year career. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    NBA Draft: Three Reasons Some of the Best Prospects Go Bust

    Every year the NBA Draft brings top talent into the league—as well as a number of busts. It’s what makes draft night so exciting. Not... Read more

  • Former NBA Commissioner David Stern (R) saw some busts in his time but Kevin Durant wasn't one of them. The Thunder grabbed stars Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden in consecutive drafts. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

    Four NBA Teams That Know How to Draft

    Former MVP Kevin Durant will become a free agent after the 2016 season, but unless he’s planning to pull a LeBron James and team up... Read more

  • DeMarcus Cousins could soon be traded from the Sacramento Kings. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    Why the Lakers Shouldn’t Mortgage Their Future for DeMarcus Cousins

    Tuesday’s news from Yahoo! Sports that Sacramento Kings head coach George Karl is pushing the team to trade All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins only diminishes Cousins’s... Read more

  • Quincy Acy and the New York Knicks will need plenty of help from their rookie class after a 17–65 mark in 2014-15. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

    Why History Says the Knicks Will Have Plenty of Options Picking 4th

    When the woeful New York Knicks surprised everyone by winning two of their last three games of the regular season to move out of the... Read more

  • Golden State Warriors fans Vic Fontana, far left, and his son Rocco, second from left, wait along the route for the NBA basketball team's world championship parade in Oakland, Calif.

    Parade Celebrating NBA Champion Warriors Winding Down

    OAKLAND, Calif.—The streets of Oakland are awash in yellow and blue as hundreds of thousands of fans watch and cheer the Golden State Warriors victory... Read more

  • LeBron James (L) of the Cleveland Cavaliers lost to Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors in these just completed finals, but we could be headed for a rematch next year. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    Why We Should Expect an NBA Finals Repeat Matchup in 2016

    The 2015 NBA Finals were the most-watched finals since 1998 when Michael Jordan’s now-infamous jump shot in Game 6 topped Utah for his (and Chicago’s)... Read more

  • LeBron James has the Cleveland Cavaliers three wins away from the NBA Finals. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

    Believeland: Where I Am From

    I am not quite sure what to say post-Game 6. I usually take losses with a greater swing of emotion, either sad and disheartened or... Read more

  • The Golden State Warriors rode regular season MVP Stephen Curry (L) and Finals MVP Andre Iguodala (R) to their first title since 1975. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

    4 Ways the Champion Warriors Turned the Finals Around

    The Golden State Warriors came back from a 2–1 series deficit to win the final three games and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in six as... Read more

  • Head coach David Blatt (L) of the Cleveland Cavaliers has the team in the NBA Finals despite the loss of stars Kyrie Irving (R) and Kevin Love. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

    Former Colleague Isn’t Surprised at David Blatt’s Success in Cleveland

    When the Cleveland Cavaliers hired David Blatt last summer, it was met with general apathy around the country. This country anyway. Yet halfway around the... Read more

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    Why Andre Iguodala Should Win Finals MVP

    Let’s get this out of the way right now. Barring a major unforeseen circumstance, Golden State forward Andre Iguodala is not winning the Finals MVP... Read more

  • Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (C), is flanked by teammates Jerami Grant (L) and Michael Carter-Williams. Embiid missed all of the 2014–15 season with a right foot stress fracture. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

    The Injured Joel Embiid: The Next Greg Oden or Nerlens Noel?

    With the news out of Philadelphia that rookie center Joel Embiid’s right foot stress fracture, which caused him to miss all of the 2014–15 season,... Read more

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