Nick Crain

Nick Crain

Nick is co-founder and lead draft analyst for Draft Digest. A credentialed NBA reporter for over five years, he's covered the league for various outlets including SLAM and Forbes.

Cooper Flagg of Montverde Academy drives past Darren Harris of Paul VI at the City of Palms Classic on Friday, Dec. 22, 2023, at Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers.
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2025 NBA Draft: Which Team Needs Cooper Flagg Most?

The projected top pick in the 2025 NBA Draft has the chance to be a franchise-altering talent.

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Jun 26, 2024; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Rob Dillingham arrives before the first round of the 2024 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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Pair of Rookies Set to Elevate Timberwolves to New Heights

While this isn't all that common, Minnesota will have two rookies who can help them make a deep playoff run next season.

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Apr 8, 2024; Glendale, AZ, USA; General view of the first half between the Purdue Boilermakers and the Connecticut Huskies in the national championship game of the Final Four of the 2024 NCAA Tournament at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Breen/Arizona Republic-USA TODAY Sports
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High School Spotlight: Evaluating Five-Star Forward Caleb Wilson

Highlighting the two-way upside of one of the top forwards in the 2025 high school class.

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October 20, 2023; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Chris Paul (3, left) shakes hands with San Antonio Spurs center Victor Wembanyama (1, right) after the game at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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Spurs Signing Chris Paul Will be Significant Milestone in Victor Wembanyama's Car

Although it's just a one-year deal, Chris Paul joining the San Antonio Spurs is the pefect move.

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Feb 24, 2024; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Colorado Buffaloes forward Cody Williams (10) drives past Utah Utes forward Jake Wahlin (10) in the second half at the CU Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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Jazz Rookie Cody Williams' College Ankle Injury Served as Opportunity to Learn Impacting Winning in New Ways

While an injury may have held Cody Williams back late in the season at Colorado, it served as a valuable opportunity in hindsight.

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Jalen and Cody Williams
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Cody Williams Scouting Report: From the Lens of Older Brother Jalen Williams

What is Jalen Williams' scouting report for his younger brother who just entered the NBA?

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Mar 23, 2024; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Arizona Wildcats forward Keshad Johnson (16) dunks against Dayton Flyers guard Enoch Cheeks (6) during the first half in the second round of the 2024 NCAA Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena-Delta Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports
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2024 NBA Draft: Identifying Top Undrafted Free Agents

When the second round of the 2024 NBA Draft came to a close, there was still a wealth of talent available to be signed on the undrafted free agent market.

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Jun 23, 2022; Brooklyn, NY, USA; NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum speaks before the second round of the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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New NBA Draft Format to Allow Better Decision-Making in Round 2

Splitting the draft into two days was a great decision.

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Mar 20, 2024; Pittsburgh, PA, USA;  Akron Zips forward Enrique Freeman (25) speaks at a pre-practice press conference before their 2024 NCAA Tournament First Round game at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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2024 NBA Draft: Enrique Freeman Continues to Increase Stock

Akron's Enrique Freeman might be the most underrated player in this draft class.

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Kansas' guard Kevin McCullar Jr. (15) claps during warmups before the Big 12 basketball game against Texas Tech, Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, at United Supermarkets Arena.
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2024 NBA Draft: Identifying Projected Second Rounders with Ability to Impact Playoff Teams

For playoff teams looking for win-now talent in the second round, who should be at the top of the list?

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Jun 14, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks center Dereck Lively II (2) reacts after a play against the Boston Celtics during the first quarter during game four of the 2024 NBA Finals at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
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NBA Draft Philosophy: Young Centers Can be Cheap Impact Players Early

For teams who need center depth, drafting young players can be quite effective.

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Dec 6, 2022; Charlottesville, Virginia, USA; James Madison Dukes guard Noah Freidel (1) holds the ball as Virginia Cavaliers forward Jayden Gardner (1) and Cavaliers guard Ryan Dunn (13) defend in the first half at John Paul Jones Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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Ryan Dunn's Defensive Upside is Worth First-Round Selection

Virginia's Ryan Dunn struggles on the offensive end, but his defense makes him a first-round prospect.

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