I am a huge fan of the NBA and like every aspect of the game. The long season doesn’t bother me, playoffs basketball doesn’t get any better, and I even like the mascots, okay some of them. However I will have to say this could be the worst draft I have seen in a long time. The draft was not deep and the talent was thin. There was not any excitement or intrigue or surprises. In short it was a horrible draft. Today I am going to rant about the NBA draft.
Here are the winners and losers of the NBA draft:
The Fans: you could see the first pick coming from about a mile away and there were no big draft day trades during the draft so in retrospect this draft was boring.
Blake Griffin: You’re a talented athlete and maybe you can change the history book of this franchise, but it doesn’t look promising.
Ricky Rubio: Okay the guy is a talent and perhaps the best guard in the draft but I hate it when a player can personally hold a team for ransom and refuse to play. Once he was picked by the Timberwolves he
threatened to go play in Europe for two more years. Just what the NBA needs another Prima Dona.
Golden St Warriors: they drafted one of the best NBA prospects in Stephen Curry and this kid has the talent to start in the back court. Another reason this team is a winner is because they will Amare Stoudamire on the team in July. That makes the Warriors a playoff threat.
Minnesota Timberwolves: They are getting some grief for picking so many guards but look at what they are doing. Ty Lawson was shipped to Denver and that got them a first round pick in the future. Ricky Rubio is going to refuse to play but that is not bad either because teams will come calling that he will play for like the Knicks and the Wolves will get more pieces. Jonny Flynn is more than capable of running the point and Wayme Ellington is a nice compliment at shooting guard.
Teams that traded: Cleveland got better with Shaq, the spurs got better with Jefferson, and the Magic got better with Carter. This is a great way to approach the season when the draft has nothing to offer. Trading away picks and salary to make a run at the title is how it is done nowadays in the NBA.