The NBA draft doesn’t come with the fanfare of the NFL draft, or feature coverage anchored by that fat slob Chris Berman. It’s also about 12 hours shorter and has fewer obnoxious fans booing every pick. Perhaps that’s why I actually enjoy watching it.
Tonight’s draft should be one of more interesting drafts in NBA history. The draft is exceptionally top-heavy, but even expected top-5 selections Ricky Rubio and Hasheem Thabeet come with huge questions.
Here are the latest rumors with the draft just hours away:
Rubio to the Thunder?
The latest talk has the Thunder sneakingly planning to take Ricky Rubio with the third pick. On the surface, this doesn’t make much sense, with Russell Westbrook already running the point. OKC has hired lawyers to help make sense of Rubio’s complicated buyout. Stephen Curry is another possibility here – his shooting would be a better fit given the slashing abilities of Westbrook, Kevin Durant, and Jeff Green.
Grizzlies still hanging on to the No. 2 pick
Much as I predicted, Memphis still hasn’t managed to move the No. 2 pick despite fielding numerous offers. New York would love to move up, but Memphis is apparently asking for David Lee, Nate Robinson, and the Knicks No. 8 pick. Hasheem Thabeet, in my opinion one of the most overrated players in this draft, will likely end up with the Grizz. A trade is still a possibility in the last few hours leading up to the draft.
Harden, Holiday, Jennings dropping
The Thunder could still select Harden at No. 3, but it now seems he will fall behind Tyreke Evans. He could end up in Minnesota or even fall all the way to New York if the Warriors select Stephen Curry. There doesn’t seem to be a reason behind his fall in many mock drafts, so don’t count on him to slipping too far.
Holiday’s limited production during his one season in college coupled with average workouts has him dropping a bit. There is a real possibility he could land outside the top-10.
I have Jennings going to the Pacers at No. 13 in my mock draft, but that seems high given what I’ve read in the last couple days. After seeing the skinny youngster on the Jim Rome show yesterday, I wouldn’t want him on my team. Look for Ty Lawson, Jeff Teague, and Eric Maynor to be selected ahead of Jennings.
Pacers targeting Blair
As a Bulls fan, I’m hopeful the Pacers take Blair at No. 13 so the Bulls can’t. Larry Bird reportedly loves Blair despite his lack of ACL’s and limited size. The Pacers really need a point guard, but Blair makes sense too. Don’t rule out Tyler Hansbrough here either – that would be a terrible pick.
Which teams are trying to move up?
The national media loves the idea of Boston moving up to No. 2 and selecting Rubio. That won’t happen. The Celtics are finding out Rajon Rondo isn’t an overly attractive player to other teams.
Portland already moved up but could look to get closer to the top to select a point guard. The Knicks are desperately trying to move out of the No. 8 slot, and could even trade down in the draft if targeted players are no longer available.
Phoenix could also be on the move, but any potential deal would most likely have to involve Amar’e Stoudemire.
TTT live blogging tonight’s draft
We will begin our live blog at 6 PM Eastern time and continue until we run out of things to discuss. Hope you check it out.