Thursday, June 24, 2010

NBA Draft tonight!

The NBA has just one more matter of business to attend to before LeBron James can be the sole focus of everyone's attention, and it's tonight's NBA Draft. This has become one of my favorite parts of the NBA season and I wonder what it would be like to be one of the people making the big decisions. It certainly seems like it would be stressful, considering the fact that decisions made tonight could possibly set a franchise back, but it must also be pretty exciting bringing in some new young talent.

So who's going #1? At this point, the general consensus is that John Calipari's latest wunderkind point guard, Kentucky's John Wall, will be taken first overall by the Washington Wizards. If so, what will happen with Gilbert Arenas? Will he move to the shooting guard position or will he be traded? Regardless of that, the Wizards will certainly be getting a good player on which to build their team.

At #2, the Philadelphia 76ers seem ready to take Ohio State's Evan Turner, the Naismith Player of the Year in college basketball last season. I live in SEC territory so I didn't get to see him play a whole lot, so I will instead have to defer to Jay Bilas (ugh), who says that he is a very versatile player. At #3, "sources" are indicating that the New Jersey Nets are taking Georgia Tech's Derrick Favors. Again, didn't get to see him play that much but all indications are that they will be getting a strong post presence on both ends of the floor.

After that, it's anyone's guess how the draft goes. There are several scenarios that could play out depending on who takes who and it will be interesting to see how it plays out. Here's how ESPN's Doug Gottlieb thinks the top 14 picks will go (and sadly, this isn't one of those segments where he jabs at the giant touchscreen).

The Boston Celtics sit at the #19 spot in the first round, and are said to be looking to trade the pick. I think I would rather see who I could get with it, because at some point the team needs to start adding players for the future because of the number of old people veterans on the team. And then my San Antonio Spurs have the 20th pick, their highest since they got one Tim Duncan first overall in the 1997 draft. I would like to see them pick up a big man, someone like Kentucky's Patrick Patterson if he were to still be available. Whatever they do, I just hope they don't trade Tony Parker, something they're allegedly looking into.

As usual, it will be interesting to see what goes down with the picks and subsequent trades that are sure to follow. The draft gets underway on ESPN at 7 ET on ESPN.

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