The NBA Draft has come a long way from its humble beginnings. For the 1984 edition — you know, the one that boasted stars like MJ, Hakeem, and Barkley — the league had to actively invite fans and media to attend the event. It seems impossible, but the draft was not always “must-see TV.”
We’ve come a long way from the days of broadcasts on USA Network — the NBA Draft is appointment television for hoops heads everywhere. Whether you’re the fan of a bottom-feeder hoping your squad drafts the next young superstar, a late-lotto squad hoping for reinforcements to make a playoff push or a college aficionado interested in seeing where your favorites end up, there’s a little something for everyone.
It’s about so much more than just the picks. Draftees kissing their girlfriends, fly suits, crying mothers, the games based around what commentators say, this is a major production with so many different angles. Following what tracks on social media is half the fun of the modern draft experience — if you can avoid the spoilers from a few select insiders.
This year’s edition features a strong class who will fight for position over the next few weeks, but the lottery could have a major impact on who goes where. Would the big-heavy Sixers select one of the class’ post presences No. 1? Will Jahlil Okafor’s defensive concerns get overlooked by a team looking for a centerpiece like the Knicks?
We can’t answer all your questions, but here are 7 Predictions for the NBA Draft That Will Surprise You.
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