Italian point guard Matteo Spagnolo is going to the Minnesota Timberwolves after being selected No. 50 overall in the 2022 NBA draft. Spagnolo showcased his upside this past season with Vanoli Cremona in Italy's top division, averaging 12.2 points and 2.6 assists per game while on loan from Real Madrid. The 6'4" guard knocked down 44.1 percent of h...

The Detroit Pistons were active early and often on Thursday night in the 2022 NBA draft. Their third selection, in the second round at No. 36 overall, is wing Gabriele Procida, who played for Fortitudo Kiğılı Bologna in Italy's top league, Serie A. Procida averaged seven points and three rebounds for Fortitudo Bologna in 18.5 minutes per game over...

The Orlando Magic selected Duke forward Paolo Banchero with the first pick in the 2022 NBA draft on Thursday night. After weeks of Auburn's Jabari Smith being projected as the consensus top pick, the Magic shocked everyone by selecting Banchero. Banchero is the second No. 1 pick in the last four years for the Blue Devils (Zion Williamson went No. 1...

On Thursday, Paolo Banchero, one of the best prospects in the upcoming NBA Draft, will know his future. He's projected to be a top-3 pick, but in his mind, there's no doubt he's the best player in this draft. The Italian American prospect made it clear in an interview with Sky Sports Italy.  "Yes, for sure. I feel like I'm the best player in the dr...

Gabriele Procida, a 6-foot-7 forward from Fortitudo Bologna in Italy, will reportedly remain in the 2022 NBA draft, according to Jonathan Givony of ESPN. Procida, who was born in Italy, averaged 6.9 points and three rebounds on 38.3% shooting from 3-point range in 26 games this season. He produced perhaps his best game of the year on Dec. 13, recor...

Mike Fratello, a basketball lifer who interspersed a successful coaching career with a successful broadcasting career, is the recipient of the 2022 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Basketball Coaches Association announced today. “Mike Fratello’s accomplishments are well documented, both as a coach and a broadcaster,” said Indiana...

Ray Romano will star and produce a new film about the extraordinary life of American basketball coach and broadcaster Jim Valvano. The script will be written by Jim Strouse, whose credits include Grace Is Gone and The Winning Season. Romano will produce with game1’s Basil Iwanyk, Greg Economou and Mark Ciardi (The Rookie). The Valvano family will p...

In 2020, it was Nico Mannion who broke the negative streak and put Italy back on the map of the NBA Draft. The Arizona alumn was born in Siena, Italy, but grew up in the United States and wasn't a product of the Italian youth basketball system. The last product of the Italian movement to be selected in the NBA Draft was Alessandro Gentile back in 2...

Duke’s Paolo Banchero is leaping to the NBA after one season as a candidate to be the No. 1 overall draft pick. The 6-foot-10, 250-pound freshman announced his decision in a social media video Wednesday, with the school saying he planned to hire an agent. “It has always been a dream of mine to play at Duke, and it has always been a dream of mine to...

Matteo Spagnolo has officially entered his name in the 2022 NBA Draft, as announced by his agency Sigma Sports. The 19-year-old is playing in Vanoli Cremona on loan from Real Madrid. The Italian guard is averaging 12.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 10.7 PIR over 25 Lega Basket Serie A games this season. On March 8, 2020, the 1.94-meter ath...