NBA Draft

July 19, 2013
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It was amazing to most experts how the NBA draft unfolded this past month. Few thought that IU would have two of the first five draft picks. This did not surprise me as much as how far down some of those “sure bets” were dropped. Kentucky’s Noels was the big drop for most, but let’s face it, he has a serious injury. Who knows how well he will rehab? Those IU fans who do not like their present coach are wondering how he could have had two top five draft picks and not win it all. What might have been part of this reason is the fact that the Big Ten had quite a list of top-draft picks. What I found both interesting and strange was all the trades that were made. It seems teams want bodies they can trade for some known NBA player or a later draft pick. Whether that player is the best at the time seemed to have little significance in their picks. ‘Let’s just get a body to trade’ is their theory. Victor Oladipo should be able to play fairly quickly with his varied skills and speed. Cody Zeller will have to bulk up a lot and get used to being banged around by everyone before he will make his impact. As usual, the huge bodies of older foreign players made their splash in the draft. Seven footers who could shoot threes are always popular in the pros. I still think freshmen should not be drafted–or sophomores, for that matter. Now starts the trek of nineteen year olds with no money signing a huge contract and then ending up in the wrong “court”. No one seems to care as long as they can shoot or rebound a basketball.

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