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Former ESPN.com NBA Draft analyst Chad Ford gives passionate NBA Draft fans a deeper look into what makes the NBA Draft one of the most exciting and puzzling events in pro sports. Part of the Locked On Podcast Network.

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    • 4.4 • 224 Ratings

Former ESPN.com NBA Draft analyst Chad Ford gives passionate NBA Draft fans a deeper look into what makes the NBA Draft one of the most exciting and puzzling events in pro sports. Part of the Locked On Podcast Network.

    Using Analytics to Project the Draft

    Using Analytics to Project the Draft

    Chad is joined by The Athletic's Seth Partnow, former Director of Basketball Research for the Milwaukee Bucks, to discuss his new book, The Midrange Theory: Basketball's Evolution in the Age of Analytics. 
    They discuss how NBA scouts and front offices are using analytics to improve their drafting, key statistics that translate to NBA success, hits and misses that Seth has had in his years scouting the draft, how Giannis Antetokounmpo turned analytics models on their head to become a star and Seth's thoughts about several of the top rookies, including Cade Cunningham, Evan Mobley and Jalen Green.
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    • 44 min
    First Impressions of NCAA Draft Prospects

    First Impressions of NCAA Draft Prospects

    Most of the teams in the NCAA have played their first game of the season.
    How did the top prospects in our Big Board 1.0 look? Chad talks Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren, Duke’s Paolo Banchero, Memphis’ Jalen Duren & Emoni Bates, Auburn’s Jabari Smith Jr., Michigan’s Caleb Houstan, Purdue’s Jaden Ivey, Milwaukee’s Patrick Baldwin Jr., Duke’s Adrian Griffin Jr., Alabama’s JD Davison, UCLA’s Peyton Watson, Kentucky’s TyTy Washington, Florida State’s Matthew Cleveland, Arizona’s Bennedict Maturin, Tennesse’s Kennedy Chandler and Brandon Huntly-Hatfield, Iowa’s Keegan Murray, Duke’s Trevor Keels and Stanford’s Harrison Ingram.
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    • 34 min
    Big Board 1.0

    Big Board 1.0

    With the college basketball season getting underway Nov 9th, Chad unveils his first Big Board 1.0 of the 2022 NBA Draft. He discusses his Top 10 prospects in the draft led by two freshmen: Gonzaga's Chet Holmgren, Duke's Paolo Banchero and the G League Ignite's Jaden Hardy. And then he gets into several other intriguing prospects that cracked the Top 30.
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    • 43 min
    Thorpe & Ford Rank the Rookies

    Thorpe & Ford Rank the Rookies

    Chad is joined by True Hoop's David Thorpe to look at the performances of this year's rookie class during the first week of the season. 
    Chad and David talk Scottie Barnes, Evan Mobley, Chris Duarte, Franz Wagner, Davion Mitchell, Alperen Sengun, Jalen Green, Jalen Suggs, Ziaire Williams, James Bouknight, Corey Kispert, Trey Murphy III, Herb Jones and Bones Hyland.
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Hollinger & Ford on Top NBA Rookies, Sophomores & Trades for Ben Simmons

    Hollinger & Ford on Top NBA Rookies, Sophomores & Trades for Ben Simmons

    Chad and the Athletic's John Hollinger talk NBA rookie performances in the pre-season including Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green, Evan Mobley, Scottie Barnes, Jalen Suggs, Josh Giddey, Franz Wagner, Davion Mitchell, Alperen Sengun, Jared Butler, Trey Murphy, Bones Hyland, Josh Christopher, Sharife Cooper, Jalen Johnson..
    Then they pivot to NBA sophomore performances in the pre-season including LaMelo Ball, Anthony Edwards, Patrick Williams, Killian Hayes, Tyrese Haliburton, Devin Vassell, Precious Achiuwa, Desmond Bane, Xavier Tillman and, of course, Paul Reed.
    Finally they discuss NBA trade talk with the Hornets and Ben Simmons.
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Who's No. 1 in 2022?

    Who's No. 1 in 2022?

    Chad is joined by Sports Illustrated's Jeremy Woo to talk 2022 NBA Draft. Who will be the No. 1 pick -- Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren, Jaden Hardy, Yannick Nzosa or Jalen Duren? They also talk other top lottery prospects like Caleb Houstan, Jabari Smith, Patrick Baldwin Jr., Adrian Griffin Jr., Peyton Watson and Jaden Ivey. They also talk about several top point guard prospects include JD Davidson and TyTy Washington and talk a little 2023 NBA Draft including Emoni Bates and Victor Wembanyama.
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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
224 Ratings

224 Ratings

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Platitudes and generalities abound

Go figure that Professor Ford would talk in ephemeral circles while talking in vagaries. Super affable. Produces content routinely.

As an aside, frequent guest Tony Jones the sort of analyst that compares Keith van Horn, Croshere, Hansborough, allll to Larry Bird.

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Ford > Wasserman > Sam V > Trump > Draft Express

ESPN never should have let go of Chad Ford simply said. He is WAY better than the guys Woj brought into ESPN.

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NO MORE TONY JONES PLEASE!!!!!!

Hollinger is the best guest.

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