Tonight is the night for the NBA Draft, and with July 1st fast approaching the make-up of the 2010-11 season will start to fall into place.
First the draft. The draft has a lot of interesting players in it this year who could really be a difference maker for some franchises. In my opinion, John Wall is one of those players. He is most definitely going to the Washington Wizards unless some team is able to come up with a crazy deal to get him. On top of Wall you have Evan Turner, Wesley Johnson, DeMarcus Cousins, and Derrick Favors who are all expected to be at the top of the draft board.
But more intriguing than the talent that is available through the draft is the talent that is available in free agency. This years free agent pool is deeper than any in the history of the game. And there is no doubt that the top NBA free agents will be paying attention to the moves that are being made tonight in the draft. This years free agent pool consists of:
Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Joe Johnson, Carlos Boozer, and Ray Allen.
Add to that you have some restricted free agents and guys with options to opt out that include: Amare Stoudemire, Dirk Nowitzki, Yao Ming, Rudy Gay, and Paul Pierce. Not all of these guys will exercise their options but with the collective bargaining agreement set to expire, some of these guys may look to cash in now while they can.
No doubt Wade, James and Bosh are the cream of the crop in both this free agent class and the NBA. And they will be watching as the chips fall for some of their potential destinations. They all have indicated they want to win an NBA Championship. And the beauty part of the NBA there are max contracts. So it is not a system where the team with the deepest pockets will win the prize. There is truly for the most part an equal playing field and these superstars can decide what franchise and opportunity will give them the best chance to win the coveted NBA title.
I am really excited to see how this all shakes out the next two weeks. The NBA is alive and well my friends, jump on now and you will not be disappointed.