As you gear up for the NBA Draft tonight and more importantly, the KSR Live Blog of the NBA Draft, there are three questions that should be above all else in New York:
1) How high will Stephen Curry get drafted and will it be too high?
2) Is the fact Hasheem Thabeet has the offensive skills of a D-II woman good enough to draft him in the Top 5?
3) Is Ricky Rubio really any good? As Cowherd said, Rubio is the Sasquatch of this draft. Only a couple people have had sightings and all the video evidence is grainy. My best guess is DON’T draft him.
Another major question you HAVE to have is whether Blak Griffin headed to the Clippers means disaster for Blake Griffin. ESPN did a WONDERFUL history of the Clippers blowing high first round picks. To read the full article, click here. But here are some of the best excerpts:
Pick: Benoit Benjamin, C, Creighton (3rd overall)
“When you have a center that can play for 10 to 15 years, you don’t have to back off against teams like the Lakers and Philadelphia and Boston. I guess we have to be careful in hyping him too much and putting a lot of pressure on him. But he’s a very good basketball player. I’ve said before that he could turn out to be as good as or better than [Patrick] Ewing.”
–Clippers GM Carl Scheer
Pick: Reggie Williams, G/F, Georgetown (4th).
“I think [Williams] is going to set this city on fire. I think he’s a Michael Jordan-type player.”
–Owner Donald Sterling
Pick: Danny Ferry, F, Duke (2nd)
Could have had: Glen Rice
“Take Glen Rice.”
–Clippers Guard Gary Grant to GM Elgin Baylor
“I know there’s some mixed emotions with the pick. We just felt we had to get the best available player.”
Pick: Lamond Murray, F, Cal (7th).
“When I first started scouting I asked ‘What makes a player?’ and they said, ‘The guy who pops out at you.’ Lamond Murray was the guy who popped out at me. He’s got all kinds of talent. He could be an All-Star if he works at it.”
–Clippers scout Barry Hecker
Pick: Antonio McDyess, F, Alabama (2nd). Traded with Randy Woods to Nuggets for Rodney Rogers, rights to Brent Barry (15th pick).
“Yuck, you can have this.”
–McDyess, told at the draft he’d been traded, whipping off his Clippers hat.
Pick: Lorenzen Wright, F/C, Memphis (7th).
“He’s 6-11 and can run the floor like a deer. He’s got the quickness of a little guy. He just plays hard all the time. He’s relentless when he goes out onto the floor. This is one of the things that professional teams like about him because he brings a lot of energy to a program.”
–Coach Bill Fitch
Pick: Michael Olowokandi, C, Pacific (1st).
“Look at the big men out there. In three years, who will still be around and be among the best? Alonzo Mourning, Shaquille O’Neal and Tim Duncan will. But I think Olowokandi will be in that elite group in three years. He can have a bigger impact than anyone in the draft.”
Pick: Darius Miles, F, East Saint Louis (Ill.) High School (3rd).
Pick No. 2: Keyon Dooling, G, Missouri (10th).
“He has a great upside. I just can visualize him playing with Lamar for years to come.”
–Baylor on Miles
Pick: Chris Wilcox, F, Maryland (8th).
Pick No. 2: Melvin Ely, C, Fresno State (12th).
“They either took that pick for someone else or they’re stupid.”
–Charles Barkley, after the team drafted Wilcox
Pick: Chris Kaman, C, Central Michigan (6th).
“Any time you get the second pick in the draft, it’s crucial that you get a player that’s going to be a fixture, a contributor and hopefully a star. I’m pretty confident he’s going to be able to fulfill all those things.”
Pick: Yaroslav Korolev, F, Russia (12th).
“His offensive skills are very wide and varied, with a very big upside.”
–Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy