Well, it came and went all that fast. The 2014 NBA Draft was last night and for once in a few years I can say, I was pleased. I hate watching and it’s like “Gahhhh why did you pick him?” *insert a few obscenities*. But last night, I was good. So let’s talk about a few of my favorite picks.
With the second pick in the 2014 NBA draft, the Milwaukee Bucks select…Jabari Parker. Yes, I didn’t start with number one – y’all know I have a soft spot for Jabari.
Anyway, this was a great pick for the Bucks (I didn’t want him to go to Cleveland anyway) and I believe he was the only one ready to come out. Parker and Brandon Knight I believe will compliment each other in Milwaukee and because Parker is so versatile they will be able to utilize him several positions. He’s tall, he can shoot the outside shot, his other offensive skills are great and he can get under the basket and bang if you need him to. I think he’ll prove to be the best pick from this class.
With the first overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers select…Andrew Wiggins. Before I start, I have to really compliment Andrew’s ensemble and the fact that Jay Williams asked him “What is this velvet?” ha! I love a good impromptu movie reference.
Now, I think Wiggins could’ve flourished with another year at Kansas but hey, Cleveland will be a good fit for him. He worried me a bit in the beginning of the season as he wasn’t as consistent as I thought he should be. He did finish the season averaging 17 points per game (a Kansas freshman-record) but was bounced out of the tournament in the first round (messing up my bracket, Jabari too by the way). I’m interested to see how Andrew and Kyrie Irving pair up. Not that I think they will bump heads but the style of play mash up will be interesting to watch.
And two more things really quick so I can get to my favorite part of this post – Shabazz Napier to Miami (traded from Charlotte), I love it! And in case you didn’t know, LeBron loves Napier as a player. I’m not one to start rumors but it’s been reported that Bron said the Heat need to upgrade all positions before the start of next season….could this mean…staying in Miami? Second, Julius Randle to the Lakers. Yeah, I can see that being a good fit. Great shooter, led his team to the championship, averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds per game and led the nation in double-doubles. That’s a good look. Now my favorite part…
In the middle of the draft Adam Silver comes to the podium and announces that the league wanted to allow Isaiah Austin to fulfill his dream of being drafted into the NBA and made a ceremonial pick.
Austin, who revealed during the season that he had a prosthetic eye, was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects the heart. Learning about the disordered ended his basketball career.
Austin’s name was announced, he was given a NBA cap and walked up on the stage to shake the commissioner’s hand and take pictures, just like every other player drafted.
I applaud the NBA and Adam Silver for this moment. It was great that they did that for that young man.
Well, now that the draft is over that mess tow things. One, NBA Summer League is getting ready to begin. And two, FOOTBALL SEASON IS GETTING READY TO CREEP UP ON US!
Don’t you just love sports?