By Tim Hurd
June 29th, 2005
Mocking the Draft: A Fun Look at NBA Draft
There is nothing like NBA
Draft night, and there was no better place to watch the 2005
draft then at my good friend Shawn Siegelís house [Siegel is
head editor of CHN]. I canít say the
night started too promising, a 10-minute drive from my house
concluded as I pounded my steering wheel after sitting in the
car for 30 minutes. But nonetheless, there were hot dogs, corn,
steak, and salad waiting on the grill when I arrived. Problem
being, as I pull in at 7:25pm, there was no time to waste, which
in turn, led to the grill staying on for an extra hour after its
use. No harm, no foul, though, we were ready to watch the draft.
Pick 1: Milwakee Bucks, Andrew Bogut,
Was Bogut really this excited to be
selected number one? You have to like the fist pump, though.
Iíll be brutally honest here, I was concentrating on my hot dogs
at this point and wasnít really paying attention all that
closely. Anyways, Bogut seems like the right choice here. A
7-footer with great skills is hard to pass on when there is no
clear dominating presence in the draft.
Pick 2: Atlanta Hawks, Marvin Williams,
Letís be honest, he was the best talent in
the draft, and a team canít pass on this guy, but adding another
small forward to the Hawks just doesnít make much sense. The
Hawks had already drafted Josh Childress, as well as Josh Smith,
and have Al Harrington on their rosterÖhmmmÖthatís four small
forwards last I checked.
Note, Roy Williams still has his happy
Pick 3: Utah Jazz (via Portland), Deron Williams, Illinois
I think this pick is great, if not just
for the fact that Williams wife is smoking. Not to mention that
he is going to Utah, no problems marrying her now, just go and
marry a couple others, too, Deron. Great stuff, canít beat it.
By on a more serious note, no forget it, his girlfriend was just
On another note, I would bet my pay check
for the next two weeks, that ESPN had a little sit down with Stu
Scott before the draft. I havenít heard, ďYo, DawgĒ from his
Pick 4: New Orleans Hornets, Chris
Paul, Wake Forest
I think this worked out best for both
Williams and Paul. Williams will do an excellent job running a
team with established players in the Utah system and Paul will
be able to create and run the way New Orleans needs him too. Now
a couple of problems here, Paul expressed that there was no way
he could live in New York City, hey, Chris, how about Bourbon
Street? Chrisís brother, CJ Paul, is going to be calling Chris
at 7:30am game day asking for a ride home from the French
After that knife comment, concerning
fighting with this brother, I can tell you that Julius Hodge is
mighty happy that he was on a basketball court and not on the
street. Ouch, it hurts just picturing that one.
You canít beat Steven A. throwing Winnie
the Pooh into the mix. But donít worry, no Winnie the Pooh
comment can stop a Jay Bilas scouting report.
Pick 5: Charlotte Bobcats, Raymond
Felton, North Carolina
Three point guards in the first five
picks, when is the last time that has happened? I guess this
brings fans to the seats. What is Brevin Knight thinking here,
the guy averaged 8 assists a game last year Ė with nobody on his
team that could score!
Reality is starting to hit Roy Williams.
Pick 6: Portland Trailblazers (via
Utah), Martell Webster, Seattle Prep
How about Grandmaís hat!
Interesting, another high school player
for the Trailblazers. You have to question this one, Portland is
a bad place for any rookie to go, and a high school kid,
probably not the best idea. Martell thinks that he can get
guidance from the veterans. VETERENS? Zach Randolph, Damon
Stoudamire, Ruben Patterson. Both you and I know what he is
getting guidance in, and your not picking these out of your
Pick 7: Toronto Raptors, Charlie Villanueva, Connecticut
I am not wasting my time here. Even Shawn
didnít know what to say here.
Pick 8: New York Knicks, Channing
David Stern is officially a happy man! A
four-year college player! Has a Knick pick ever avoided the
boo-birds on draft night? This was the best player fight for the
Knicks at this point. They needed size, and I donít think they
wanted to add to the currently employed undersized power
Does Jay Bilas ever really scout these
players? So far, through eight picks, everyone is versatile and
long. Thanks, Jay, I thought basketball players were stubby and
I know I was watching the NBA draft, but
whatís up with Wimbledon?
Pick 9: Golden State Warriors, Ike
Diogu, Arizona State
If there were a team that I would root for
if I werenít a Nets fan, it would be the Warriors. With the
addition of Baron Davis, this is a fun team, with some pretty
decent talent. I think Diogu is great, and I thought he
was under appreciated going into the draftÖI was wrong. This
seems a little high, but, still a very good player.
Pick 10: Las Angeles Lakers, Andrew Bynum,
St. Josephís (Metuchen)
This is no doubt the player that Phil
Jackson wanted. Heíll fit right in that triangle offense.. Bynum
will never be better then Brendan Haywood, guaranteed. I
think its great that he had a good game in the Jordan All Star
Classic, but that doesnít mean you get taken with the 10th
selection! Heís not 18 and he already weighs 300 pounds!
Pick 11: Orlando Magic, Fran Vazquez,
Pick 12: Las Angeles Clippers, Yaroslav
All right, this got the boys fired up. Iíd
pay to watch Steven A. Smith and Dick Vitale sit in a room and
try to talk over each other about these two picks.
Here is my problem with picking foreign
players. Concerning Korolev, the point was brought about that
the Clips would send him to another European league to work on
his skillsÖI donít understand. A college player canít get
drafted and sent back to college to work on their skills. So we
are rewarding a European player for entering the draft at 18,
but these college kids are getting a raw deal. I say, if your
drafted, you have to come over here, hey, if Korolev fails, it
was his own fault for declaring for the draft at 18. Letís make
this an even playing field.
Can we stop with the John Basedow
commercials? Who buys this crap? And this time they tried adding
some elevator techno music. Let me tell you, commercials donít
get much better. Terrible.
Pick 13: Charlotte Hornets, Sean May,
Roy Williams is nowhere to be found at
this point. Dunzo. Also, Mr. Shawn Siegel and myself were mighty
worried about the Nets draft situation here. The doomed Hakim
Warrick was still on the board. There were no big guys left to
take at fifteen, I would even live with Rashad McCants for the
Nets. Please let the next pick be Hakim Warrick. Please.
Pick 14: Minnesota Timberwolves, Rashad
McCants, North Carolina
NO!! This is terrible. Why didnít you take
Warrick? Anyway, Stern forgot that McCants would want to shake
hands when he got the stage, mildly amusing. Iím stuck on the
Pick 15: New Jersey Nets, Antoine Wright,
Is ESPN kidding going to a commercial
break; worst commercial break ever. This did give Shawn and I a
little time to think about this pick. There were some really
good players on the board: Danny Granger and Gerald Green,
specifically. The Nets come away with Antoine Wright. Right away
I was relieved and pissed (for about 13 seconds). Looking at
this one, Wright can play both the two and the three; Granger
can only play the three. Gerald Green wouldnít have ever
developed with Jefferson and Carter playing a majority of the
minutes (think Jonathan Bender). There were no big guys left
that were worthy of the 15th pick, and we didnít take Warrick.
Iíll take it!
Pick 16: Toronto Raptors, Joey Graham,
I stopped believing the Toronto Raptors
were a real organization eight picks ago.
Pick 17: Indiana Pacers, Danny Granger,
This is a steal; I thought this guy was a
lottery pick. My real focus at this point was who was going to
be left in the green room. Always a good time. For no particular
reason I am pulling for Hakim Warrick.
Pick 18: Boston Celtics, Gerald Green,
And the winner of the green room battle
isÖHakim Warrick! I know that the Celtics took a high school
player last year, and as a team they are extremely young, but I
really like this pick. I think that they really lucked out in
having Green fall this far. I guess you could say that Paul
Pierce and Antoine Walker arenít in Danny Aingeís future plans.
Pick 19: Memphis Grizzles, Hakim Warrick,
You wonder why Warrick slipped so much,
but what position will he play in the NBA. I donít want to here
that it wonít matter for him because of athletic ability,
because the bottom line is, Warrick has subpar offensive skills,
and he weighs 215 pounds. Tell me the team that wants a small
forward that canít handle the ball or shoot, or a power forward
who you canít see when he turns sideways.
We had our best commercial break of the
evening here. You cannot beat ďthe RickĒ talking about Mika
Koivuniemi. For all of those who donít know Mika, he is a native
of Finland, dominating the PBA tour. Great television, 1pm on
Sundays coming this fall.
Picks 20 through 30 were interesting to
say the least. Julius Hodge, 20? Nate Robinson, 21? Jason
Maxiell got drafted? In the first round? I thought the Jarrett
Jack pick was great, and after the trade with Portland, I
guarantee next year Jack will be the starting point guard for
the Trail Blazers, while Sebastion Telfair and Martell Webster
will be listening to Cypress Hillís, ďHits from the Bong,Ē on
their sweet new iPods.
All in all, the NBA draft just canít be
beat. For instance, it doesnít get better then calling my
diehard-Net-fan-parents, only to hear, while speaking to my
father, my mother screaming in the background, ďWHO IS THIS GUY?
WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY DOING?Ē The draft brings out the best in