With the surprising news that Terrence Jones would be leaving UK to pursue a professional basketball career (sarcasm), its time for fans to look ahead at what team TJ might be playing for next season. Draft analysts usually have a pretty good handle on where a player is going to be drafted but I’m not sure how accurate this one is. If you’ve looked at a NBA mock draft before there is a strong chance you’ve looked on NBADraft.net. Its one of the first ones that pop up in a Google search and doesn’t call for much investigation. As a UK fan, the first thing I look for is where they have our players going because its usually a good indication on if they will for sure leave or stay. Here are the first twenty picks that NBADraft.net projects for June’s draft:
If you aren’t familiar with the NBA lottery it consists of the 14 teams that didn’t make the playoffs participating in a lottery to see what order they will pick the 14 best players. Its designed to give the worst teams the best chance to get a high pick so they can have first dibs on the best talent (Except in 2008. My Bulls had a 1.9% chance to get the first pick in the draft and it happened to be Derrick Rose. Thank you, David Stern!). Basically NBADraft.net is saying there are nineteen players better than TJ in the upcoming draft but I have a hard time believing that when I look at the players projected ahead of him. So what’s the deal? Is it his off and on motor? The fact that he’s too undersized to play the PF position? Is he a little too slow to play SF? I don’t know, but he definitely has all the tools to be a great player in the NBA and I have a hard time seeing him slip out of the lottery.