Thursday night the NBA will welcome a new class of talent. The 2012 NBA Draft appears to be one of the deepest in recent memory, though it’s all speculation until the players actually prove themselves in the “league”. With the draft comes hope of a bright future for every organization, a hope they can strike gold by selecting the next Jordan, but good luck with that.
The University of Kentucky will be a popular school, with potentially five players from their National Championship team being selected in the first round. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marquis Teague, Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb, and likely number one overall pick Anthony Davis are five Wildcats whose dreams will be coming true. Coach John Calipari has made a habit of producing “one and done” college players, and has succeeded in doing so.
After the New Orleans Hornets take Davis and his unibrow (shown above) with the first pick, the rest of the draft could go any direction. Thomas Robinson (Kansas), Andre Drummond (UConn), Harrison Barnes (UNC), Kidd-Gilchrist, and sharp shooter Bradley Beal (Florida) are all possible picks for the Charlotte Bobcats at number two.
Former Duke shooting guard Austin Rivers is a player whose stock seems to be falling. Austin, son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, had his ups and downs this season at Duke. He certainly can fill it up from beyond the arc, and has a knack of coming up clutch when it matters. This was shown last season when he hit the game winning three-pointer against bitter rival North Carolina. With his shooting ability and future as a ball handler, I don’t see why Rivers should drop below Phoenix at the 13th pick.
The NBA Draft has turned into a red carpet event, bringing out the newest in fashion. Players will show up wearing top of the line suits, designer watches, and the new fashion statement, glasses with no lenses. Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook made his best Urkel impression all season as he introduced the glasses, along with his strange array of shirts. After this game he must have had a fishing trip planned…
Hopefully, this new class comes in playing some defense, and the top picks don’t turn out to be another Shawn Bradley. At least when you decide not to watch the draft, you can flip to FX and watch the comeback of the man who already did what these kids want to do, WINNING!
My top 10 prediction:
- Anthony Davis
- Bradley Beal
- Thomas Robinson
- Harrison Barnes
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
- Andre Drummond
- Damian Lillard
- Dion Waiters
- John Henson
- Terrance Jones