So the NBA draft lottery took place last night. And the NBA consiracy theorists were dealt a heavy blow when the Clippers were allowed to win. If David Stern was really as all powerful as we like to think he is, then he would've seen that Clipper ball come out and put that fucker right back in and been like "oops, do over." Have fun with that Blake! Our beloved Milwaukee Bucks (pauses to wait for laughter to subside) moved nowhere and will be picking at number 10, where they will undoubtedly pick someone that will disappoint everybody. Early mock drafts have the Bucks taking Jrue Holiday. Which is great except for one problem: Who the FUCK is Jrue Holiday!?!? Now, because I'm a pretty hardcore college hoops nerd, I know who Jrue Holiday is. I'm fairly certain most of the readers of this fair blog are familiar with him as well. But the average potential Milwaukee Bucks fan, likely has no clue. For those that don't know he was a highly touted high school recruit that went to UCLA for a year where he averaged an eye popping 8.5 ppg and 3.7 apg. Most of this lack of production is attributed to him not meshing well with UCLA's offense and playing out of position. But he has tremendous upside potential and great wingspan. According Chad Ford on espn.com, "On upside he's a terrific pick. But he's yet to show he can live up to that upside on the court." Sounds like a top 10 pick to me!
Therein lies the problem with the NBA draft, and subsequently the NBA. The teams at the top of the draft are generally trying to find players to help rebuild their team both on the court and from a marketing/PR standpoint, but they're mainly doing it with these nameless, faceless kids that might be great in 2 or 3 years. How much interest do you think a Jrue Holiday or Demar Derozan are going to generate for an average hoops fan? My guess is very little, unless they start to realize some of that tremendous upside potential fairly early in the season. In a league that thrives on hyping up it's recognizable stars, it seems odd that the draft seems to contain fewer and fewer "name" stars, especially in the lottery. Anyone that actually stays in college long enough to become a recognizable star completely destroys his draft value. So this is the way it is, and as far as I can tell this is the way it's going to be. So I'll keep feigning interest in the NBA and muttering "who the fuck is that?" every time I see the starting lineups introduced in a game that I acutally watch. And I'll just keep hoping that some day the team that I acutally care about will hit on one of their tremendous upside potential reaches in the lottery.