In case anyone wasn't sure about whether NBA players were athletic, Jay Bilas made sure to remind us during the 2010 NBA Draft last night that every single prospect was, indeed, athletic. For this post, we turn to the perspective of a childhood friend. We'll call him Joey.
NBA Draft: One Man's Observations:
The NBA draft concluded last night and it would behoove ESPN to not torture its viewers by allowing Jay Bilas and the other ESPN talking heads to evaluate each NBA prospect in exactly the same manner when they are drafted. It was approximately the end of Round 1 when it dawned on me that just about every single player (Sans Gordon Heywood, more on him in a moment) had been described as “Long” “Athletic” and having a “Great wing span”.
Pardon my exact calculations, but I think every single player drafted had a wingspan that was about 3-6 inches longer than they are tall. While this might differentiate them from those of us playing in local Rec leagues, it is obviously commonplace for someone going to the NBA and thus does not need to be called out as an asset that each one of them have. Yes, they have really long arms, we get it, that is why they are going to the NBA and I am going to the office this Friday morning. Maybe Bilas, Jeff Van Gundy and Jon Barry should try focusing a little more on some game performances these people have had. This way we have a better idea of that kind of players they have been and not just their wingspan and vertical leap. Do some research, watch a few college games and don’t just read the combine stats, that’s why you are paid to be “experts”.
As for Gordon Heywood, could ESPN have played up the “Good, wholesome, white Christian” background any less subtly? The only thing missing from the post pick analysis of Heywood was analysis of what level SPF he uses.
Quote of the night: Stuart Scott, right after the first round concluded in trying to build up the importance of the 2nd round, poses the follwing open question to his esteemed panel:
“So, for 2nd round players that are taken in the early 30s, there really isn’t much difference between them and those taken in the late first round, right?” Ha… Yes Stu, actually there is. Every year, only 30 players exactly are any good. After that, you might as well not even draft. #26-#30 typically have all star potential, #31-#35 will be lucky to make the team. Great question!!