As infatuated as I am with the NFL Draft, for some reason I’ve never been too keen NBA Draft. I used to think that it was because my favorite teams are on opposite ends of the spectrum during the drafts. The Houston Texans constantly pick top 10 and always need to draft immediate help. The San Antonio Spurs on the other hand always pick at the very end of round 1 and normally draft someone you’ve never heard of. Even despite this, I still just can’t get into the NBA Draft. Here’s my attempt to quantify what I think the NBA needs to work on for the draft.
Early picks are irrelevant. I don’t get why teams would want to draft someone in the middle of round 1 just so that player could be a role player/key reserve but that’s what happens. People are talking about taking Walker top 10 because he could be a great backup. I just don’t see how you can use a top 10 pick on someone who you don’t want to be a star. In the NFL, even 3 round picks are looked at as potential starters.
Way too many trades. “I’ll give you my second round pick for my 2015 first round pick that is lottery protected for 2 years and top 5 protected for another year after that before becoming fully available in 2018”. They just need to simplify it and make a rule against trading picks 2 years in advance. They also should get rid of the lottery protection stuff too. If you make a gamble against your future and falter you should pay the consequences. The NFL is incredibly straight-forward; if you want a player you draft him.
Wait, there’s an offseason circuit? Oh yes, there’s a NBA combine just like the NFL combine but it holds little relevance. On top of that, teams will work out players and have them go 1 on 1 with each other. NFL teams can work out a small select number of players while NBA teams can work out as many as they want and in the random assortment of their wishes. They definitely need to get this more stream-lined and at least make it relevant. You’d be surprised how many players are made or broken by the NFL combine.
All those random Euro-ballers. I don’t mind the foreign players getting drafted, but I find it weird that you draft him to let him play for another team for a few years. It’s basically a large scale game of “Dibs” across 30 teams. It’s hard to keep track when you’ve never heard of a player getting drafted and won’t even see him in the D-League for a minimum of 2 years. The biggest surprises you get in the NFL draft are D1-AA and D2 players and even they aren’t complete unknowns.