Friday, June 26, 2009

Thoughts on the NBA Draft

* There are now reports circulating the Ricky Rubio may choose to continue to play in Europe for a couple of more years. Rubio and his family have expressed interest in playing in a big market, which Minnesota is not a big market. If Rubio does decide to stay in Europe the T-Wolves would have wasted a fairly high draft pick. Perhaps they felt Rubio may be an issue since they drafted Jonny Flynn just after, but if all else fails they still have Sebastian Telfair.

* I really don't think that the Magic will make another appearance in the Finals next year. They dealt for Vince Carter, who is older but still productive, but had to give up Courtney Lee and Rafer Alston to get him. Alston they can afford to lose, but I think Courtney Lee is going to be a stud for the next 10-12 years. That one may hurt them. Now in all of the aftermath Hedo Turgkolu is saying that he will opt-out of his contract and head into free agency.

* Who is the winner of the draft? I think the San Antonio Spurs. In a pre-draft trade the Spurs sent three aging veterans to Milwaukee for Richard Jefferson. And without a first round pick they selected DeJuan Blair and Jack McClinton in the second round, two players who had been projected as potential first rounders.

* The team that left me scratching my head in the first round, the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cav's drafted Christian Eyenga with the last pick in the first round. Eyenga is a project in very sense of the word. He was not even on most teams radar, perhaps they are hoping to save cap room in order to re-sign LeBron. They did make up for it in the second round with selecting Danny Green out of UNC. I think that Green will be a great pro.

* I was a little surprised that Steph Curry was taken by the Golden State Warriors at number 7, but it is now starting to make a little more sense. Golden State has been working on a deal with Phoenix to acquire Amare Stoudamire from the Suns and now it is being reported that the Warriors will be sending the rights to Curry to Phoenix in the Stoudamire trade.

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