“New Orleans got Anthony Davis, and I gotta take THIS guy? He’s got short little T-Rex arms and looks like he’s perpetually holding back a sneeze.” -NBA Lottery Winner, probably.
If this season has taught us anything so far, it’s that Florida State girls will do anything for attention. Not that that’s a bad thing; actually we appreciate it. And so does Brett Favre. (NSFW).
If there’s two things the season has taught us, it’s that next year’s draft is gonna be, well, a little thin at the top.
CBS’ Jeff Goodman is the latest to opine on the NBA’s most disappointing draft since 2006, “when import Andrea Bargnani was selected first overall and Tyrus Thomas and Shelden Williams were both somehow taken in the top five.” So how does this affect the Boys in Blue?
Well, CBS did an anonymous poll (remember how much they like those?) of NBA personnel to see who they would select with the number one pick. No surprise here, but Cody Zeller and Nerlens Noel combined for 54% of the total vote (31 and 23%, respectively). Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin are also in the top nine, at 11 and 3%.
Ultimately, when Cody Zeller is your top prospect, you know the talent is in something of a down year. And Nerlens, who we love, but acknowledge has a ways to go before being the next Anthony Davis, is still developing his offensive post moves. He may still be figuring out whether or not he’s left-handed (spoiler alert: he’s not). Not to mention the most hilarious point of the article: “no one’s quite sure whether he’s 6-foot-9 or 6-foot-11 because of his flattop.”
But what sort of impact will this have on Cal’s team next year?
Typically, a dearth of huge talent on Kentucky’s team means that more of the guys will stick around to develop. But if this year has less talent across the board than last year, would they feel some pressure to go? Neither Nerlens nor Zeller may be as good as last year’s Number One pick. Or next year’s, for that matter. Doesn’t that mean they should go this year? From a business perspective, it only makes sense. Supply and demand sets the price, and this year the supply of basketball talent is low; ergo, those with the talent can demand a higher selection for otherwise mid-lottery talent.
We all love this team, and I personally would like to see them stick around for as long as possible; next year’s squad is going to need some leadership. But the level of talent this year simply dictates that, for at least a guy like Nerlens, going to the League is the best business decision. Heck, Indiana is the number one team with what was a Sweet 16 squad last year. That’s not to say we won’t love it if he sticks around, but it’s something to start thinking about, even in December. You know NBA GM’s are.
Until that point, though, we can only spend time enjoying these players, and watching them get better. Speaking of getting better, be glad you’re not on the team this morning. While they’re participating in the rigorous “Camp Cal,” I plan on eating little chocolate donuts and taking a nap. But hey, I’m not the one trying to get drafted.