Friday, June 26, 2009
Such an unpredictable Draft ended up being pretty predictable
We're just going to come right out and say it: Yesterday's NBA Draft was a huge dud. We're big Draft guys -- football, basketball, even baseball (to an extent) -- and even made the effort to watch this one at a bar that was showing it on a corner-of-the-room TV that didn't have sound. That's Draft dedication.
But that dedication didn't pay off. We weren't in it just to see a small white man read the names of big black ones. We wanted chaos. We wanted reaches. We wanted steals. We wanted trades. Like lots of trades. Like the T-Wolves trading picks No. 5 and 6 for Dwight Howard. That kind of chaos. The kind of what-the-fuck-just-happened?!?! moves that get you out of your seat as your beer splashes across the table. We've come to expect that with the NBA Draft, and it's one of the main reasons we really enjoy it. Crazy shit happens on NBA Draft day. Stars change teams. Teams select a player FOR ANOTHER TEAM!
We didn't get any of that. We got rumors. We fucking love rumors. Except on Draft day. On Draft day we want action. We want fact. Steph Curry and others for Amar'e Stoudemire?!?!?! Confirm that shit ON DRAFT DAY! Don't make us wait until morning to find out if it becomes official. Hearing about a deal after-the-fact softens the impact and curbs the excitement.
As for Draft-day trades, we don't give a shit about B.J. Mullens getting traded for Rodrigue Beaubois. Give us something real!
Other Draft thoughts:
-Ok, fine, Minnesota took a lot of guards. But they dished two of them (Lawson to Denver, Calathes to Dallas), which was not surprising, and with a front court of Kevin Love and Al Jefferson, they didn't need to go big. So get over it. And Little Bitch Rubio might not play in the NBA next year, anyway. But we love Jonny Flynn. S-T-U-D.
-Speaking of foreign players, why the fuck do teams draft them in the first round? It's a total throw-away pick. Victor Claver? You fucking serious? This guy is going to be about as good as Todd Fuller at two-thirds strength. Christian Eyenga won't see a minute on an NBA floor and will be lucky to get garbage time in the D-League. Gotta hope these picks were cap-based opposed to talent-based.
-Austin Daye might not survive a year in Detroit. And we don't mean on the Pistons. This guy better toughen up or the streets of the Motor City will swallow him whole.
-Favorite pick of the first round might be Terrence Williams to New Jersey. Big fan of that guy. He's the type of player that makes a team better. Least favorite picks are the four international scrubs taken in the last nine picks of the first round. And Daye.
Your turn. Favorite pick? Least favorite pick? Sleeper? Other Draft reactions? Go.