Have to say nothing bores me more than talk of the draft board or mock drafts, etc. It's like the McDonald's All Americans in high schools and the recruiting race to see where they'll end up, for a year, and/or which coach is making a brief splash, taking top prizes away from the big shots... often followed by scandal, payments under the table, etc. Can we just fast forward to the ones who'll be solid NBA players? Of course we don't know, but I don't get all this time and effort spent talking about trading up or down for players none of us have even seen, other than maybe brief video clips. I do love talking about unsung guys not on anybody's draft board, like Duncan Robinson, Joe Ingles, Fred Van Vleet, Daniel Theis, Alex Caruso or even guys like David Nwaba who come out of nowhere and steadily contribute and even start from time to time. So who are some of your all-time unsung nobodies who led solid, long NBA careers?
It seemed like half the Miami team was undrafted, Nunn, Robinson. It's hard to believe Pat Riley wasn't executive of the year again with the roster Miami put together and where it went. How about Ryan Arcidiacono? There are so many, which shows why the draft is so difficult and not to believe the consensus. Shush; they really don't know.
Some of my personal favorites were former Bulls, like Adrian Griffin, Jannero Pargo, Brad Miller and, of course, Andres Nocioni. My childhood favorite with the Knicks, undrafted Carl Braun from Colgate. It's why I didn't switch to Crest for a long time. I was going to be the next. Ben Wallace generally is regarded as the best undrafted and should get into the Hall of Fame someday. There were the minis like Linsanity, John Starks and now big free agent Fred VanVleet. I like some of the lottery misses, like Jimmy No. 30 and Dennis Rodman a second rounder along with some second round favorites of mine like Mark Price, Doc Rivers, Manu Ginobili and Toni Kukoc.
Nikola Jokic seems to be doing well lately for a second rounder. But please don't be bored with the draft talk because if we didn't have the draft and this endless speculation, which I do love, we'd have to watch more baseball. It may be a long time until we see NBA games again and all we really have is draft, free agency and trade speculation, in that order. Who really doesn't love that? C'mon, you don't want to discuss LaMelo Ball for another month?