The days and hours leading up to the NBA Draft is the same
every year. All the hearsay and speculation that floats around the web is
Shawn Marions going here, Stephons going there and so-and-so
is trading up their pick. But when its all said and done, all the hype ends up
being just that hype.
The draft for the most part was predictable. The Bulls
shocked nobody by selecting the hometown kid, Derrick Rose. Although there was
speculation O.J. Mayo was heading to South Beach, the Heat snagged Michael
With a few small exceptions, everyone was picked where
they were supposed to be. Too bad Isiah Thomas wasnt around to pull off one of
his Renaldo Balkman drafting moments.
There were a few blockbuster trades though. The Nets
Richard Jefferson went to the Bucks for Yi Jianlian. Memphis top draft pick
Kevin Love along with Mike Miller were traded to Minnesota for Antoine Walker,
O.J. Mayo and Marco Jaric.
Here are some of the winners and losers of Thursday night.
say Derrick Rose is Jason Kidd with a jumpshot. If that is the case, you better
not f this up and pick anyone else! And if he is a Chicago native, you better
not f this up and pick anyone else! Michael Beasley is a beast, but the Windy
City would never forgive John Paxon if he chose anybody but Rose.
The University of Memphis freshman sensation will make an
immediate impact in the pros and will be up there with Deron Williams and Chris
Paul in a few years. Now, all Chicago has to do is get rid of their logjam of
guards, by unloading either Ben Gordon, Kirk Hinrich or Larry Hughes.
Jersey Standord center Brooke Lopez was once pegged as being
the third pick. But somehow in the past month, the seven-footer slid down the
charts. How he slipped all the way to 10 (where teams like Charlotte, Memphis
and Minnesota really could have used him) is beyond me.
Lopez is a skilled big man with a soft touch and good
basketball IQ. He may not be a future All-Star but he is no bust. Snagging Ryan
Anderson from Cal is also a solid pick. The Pac-10s leading scorer can spread
the floor with his shooting.
Portland – At
first it was looking like a nightmare situation for Arizonas Jerryd Bayless.
Having slid a little, Bayless was finally picked up by the Pacers where they
just traded for T.J. Ford, another young point guard. Luckily for Jerryd, he
was traded to the Blazers who are in need of a starting point guard. With a
young nucleus of Brandon Roy, Greg Oden and LaMarcus Aldridge, Bayless walked
into a perfect situation.
the Grizzlies traded Pao for basically peanuts earlier this year, Memphis
looked like a team that should have been demoted to the D-League. But after
acquiring O.J. Mayo via trade, the Grizz now have a solid and exciting
foundation of Mayo, Rudy Gay and Mike Conley.
Clippers Eric Gordon was a fine choice with the seventh pick.
With Cuttino getting up there in age and Sean Livingstons status unclear, the
super smooth combo guard from the Chi will fit in nicely for L.A.s B squad.
And stealing DeAndre Jordan in the second round might come back and haunt every
team that passed on the Texas A&M talent.
Charlotte No disrespect
to D.J. Augustin, but M.J. dropped the ball once again. Two years after Air
Jordan passed on Brandon Roy for Adam Morrison, Mike passed on Brooke Lopez by
picking an undersized point guard when they already have Raymond Felton.
If you are unhappy with Felton, and are going to draft a
point guard, why not get the bigger and more talented Jerryd Bayless? I may be
wrong about D.J., but based on Jordans track record (*cough*Kwame Brown*cough*)
M.J. screwed up yet another draft.
New York It is
unfair to criticize someone you have never seen play. By all accounts, Danilo
Gallinari is a Toni Kukoc clone who has some game. But there were still a lot
of great guards on the board like Bayless and Eric Gordon and the New York fans
were not shy about voicing their displeasure with this pick.
Donnie Walsh and Mike DAntoni better pray this kid is the
next Dirk Nowitzki or else theyll be chanting Fire DAntoni. Doesnt roll
off the tongue quite like Fire Isiah – but you get the point.
the 12th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft the Sacramento Kings select
Jason Thompson from Rider University. Wait who? I think Jay Bilis said he was
solid but nothing great, so why use a lottery pick on the guy? At least they made
a great PR move by drafting Patrick Ewing Jr. in the second round!
us know your thoughts on the 2008 draft! Who made good choices, and who didnt?