Did I call this one or what? Last night marked the 43rd edition of the NBA draft. There were actually very few surprises for me--just confirmation. I predicted this months ago, and have written about it twice. Most recently last week (http://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/207179) In the unlikely event that Clay Bennett or another member of the Seattle Supersonics front office happens to drop into fannation, I would like to award them the 2008 NBA Draft Durrell Award. Congratulations guys, you've earned it. Who's driving this bus? Seattle has 3 centers averaging a COMBINED 6 points and 7 rebounds a game, and with the 4th pick in the draft, they take Russell Westbrook? Westbrook is solid, athletic, and smart, but Seattle needed a point guard like they need affordable housing. Even more amazing was the fact that Kevin Durrant stood and applauded the pick. The Sonics were 20-62 this year. It's my guess Durrant will stop applauding by the 1st week of November.
Honorable Mention for this award goes to none other than "his airness." Hall of Famer Michael Jordan of the Charlotte Bobcats. Emeka Okafor is a 6'10 power forward playing center by default. He recently turned down a huge contract extention to stay in Charlotte. You see Charlotte is in desperate need of a center to anchor their front line so that Okafor could move back to his natural position. While the commentators are trying to predict what the smart moves are, and saying "go big," the Bobcats select the smallest player in the draft, 5'11 DJ Augustine. It should be noted here that the Bobcats traded a future 1st round pick to Denver for their 20th pick in an effort to get Georgetown's Roy Hibbert or Ryder's Jason Thompson--only to have Sacramento take Hibbert at number 12 and Indiana grab Thompson, leaving The Bobcats holding the bag. Since the backcourt is the only thing solid on this team, with Raymond Felton and Jason Richardson, why not take Lopez at 9? Maybe Jordan is still smarting from the last big man he chose--Kwame Brown.
It should be interesting to see how the rest of the '08 draft pans out. My guess is that among all these guards, only Rose to Chicago, and Jerryd Bayless to Portland will have much of an impact at all. Time will tell. There will be some rude awakenings soon.
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