Well here we are folks. It's one of the most enjoyable nights of the year and it's become a fun tradition here at AA. There will be photos, videos, analysis and fun all evening long, so comment early and comment often. We'll get underway around 7pm but in the meantime feel free to click through last year's live blogs, and leave your predictions in the comments.
NBA Draft Live-Blog 2008
NBA Draft Live-Blog 2007
Okay all, I'm here and ready to go. Was just checking out all the MJ news, and the support in LA is amazing. Whether or not you believed the allegations against him or not, there wasn't a person in the world who wasn't touched by his music at some point or another.
With that said, what's the over/under on the number of minutes before ESPN tries a tribute piece?
"I believe it's a very deep draft!"- Dick Vitale
You hear that Bilas? Vitale is trying to best you for biggest over-statement of the Draft! Don't take that nonsense!!! David Stern is kicking this thing off with his cheesy "hard work" speech and we're underway!
"It's a very rowdy group tonight."- David Stern
YES! Thank goodness something in this Draft will be entertaining. DANNY MANNING, CLAP CLAP CLAPCLAPCLAP!!! Clippers on the clock.
"Clippers frantically looking over their notes to see if they should take Griffin or a new prospect they just discovered, Patrick Chewing." (Via Lammy)
Hahahaha. Too funny.
1. Blake Griffin
PF, 6'10", 248 lbs
You think the Clippers could have gotten Griffin to wear red or something. That purple is a little nasty. Oh and the Clippers Draft Room is clapping for themselves. Really? REALLY?!?! That took a lot of thought. Oh and eff you Clippers for wasting five minutes of our lives!
"Mark Jones is just a horrible host. He used to be good but he has gone off the cheesy end." (Via SS Reporters)
Ain't that the truth! ESPN now scores an interview with Bill Simmons' new nemesis, Mike Dunleavy. Who ironically is the only GM-Coach combo in the NBA.
2. Hasheem Thabeet
C, 7'3", 267lbs.
"Did the Commissioner just say Tanzania? Yes he did!"- Stuart Scott
Ugh. Stuart Scott just broke the annoying sound barrier. This could be a worse pick than Kandi Man. He's just too slow for the NBA. Basketball has been berry berry good to Hasheem!
"They took Brian West.....er, Russel Westbrook"- Mark Jackson
3. James Harden
SG, 6'5", 222lbs.
I love the Mark Jackson assessments down the bottom....Sacramento "Need a Point Guard"
Harden is another person I predict as a bust in the NBA, but I like the kid, so I hope he proves me wrong. If the Kings don't take Rubio, they deserve to have the most lottery balls for their existence.
"His shorts are going to be a lot lower than Byron Scott's." - Stu Scott (Via SS)
4. Tyreke Evans
SG, 6'5", 220lbs.
"He's got size, he's got amazing length."- Jay Bilas
And now we watch Ricky Rubio fall to New York, the only team that can pay his fee. Damn, the Wiz could have had Jason Williams 2.0!
5. Ricky Rubio
PG, 6'5", 180lbs.
There's not a chance in hell that Rubio weighs 180lbs, ESPN! Oh and the Knicks fans chiming in with the USA chants was priceless. If the Timberwolves select Stephen Curry next, I'm going to lose it. Hey, a Fran Fraschilla sighting! Drink!!!
"He's got a Gretzky like feel for the game of basketball."- Fran Frashcilla
"Oh THATS where Spain is? Thanks ESPN." (Via Lammy)
Great use of the World Map, ESPN. And Jemele Hill's tweet comparing Rubio to Balky from Perfect Strangers was priceless.
6. Johnny Flynn
PG, 6'1", 196lbs.
Wow. Didn't think they would pick two point guards, especially playing in the West. Johnny Flynn is going to be a good NBA player.....when he gets traded away from Minnesota. If anyone can get me that ESPN puzzle piece in front of Mark Jones, I will pay them top dollar. I want to hang that above my fireplace.
"He's got one of the best smiles in this Draft class"- Mark Jones
Great analysis there.
7. Stephen Curry
PG, 6'3", 181lbs.
"I didn't realize there were so many fans who hated the Golden State Warriors."- Stu Scott
I know the Knicks fans are booing now, but TRUST ME....this is for the best. Pick DeMar DeRozan and love watching him dominate over the next few years. Oh and get this little rumor....Rubio is heading to the Knicks. So just relax.
"He's got real good maturity."- Jay Bilas (Via 49er16)
8. Jordan Hill
PF, 6'10", 232lbs.
That shows you how much Knicks fans know about Basketball. I think DeRozan would have been the better pick since they already have David Lee, but Hill is a beast. Good pick, but he might be traded to Minnesota soon.
Is it just me or does Donnie Walsh look like he's in the mob?
9. DeMar DeRozan
G, 6'6", 211lbs.
Hello Tracy McGrady 2.0! Great pick for the Raptors there. Wait, did DeMar just use the word "defensicality"? Jay Bilas would like a word with you!!!
"People leaving draft in droves. Only in NY. Come to boo and leave." (Via Darren Rovell on Twitter)
Thanks for the infomercial on the public transportation, Mark Jones. Signed, Toronto (Via 49er16)
10. Brandon Jennings
PG, 6'2", 165lbs.
Well I guess you can now say averaging 4.0ppg in Europe will help your draft status. Sorry David Stern.
"He's got a chance to be very very good."- Jay Bilas
Ummm....can't you say that about everybody in the Draft?
"He didn't go to Europe to improve his draft status! He went to Europe to GET PAID." (Via Free Darko on Twitter)
Good point. And now he gets to go to Milwaukee. Screw Italy....Milwaukee is where it's at!!!!
11. Terrence Williams
SG, 6'6", 212lbs.
"Terrence Williams says he doesn't watch ESPN...."- Stu Scott
Guess who's my new favorite player! Lebron and Williams in 2010!!!
"Shout out to Jay Bilas. He's a great guy, even though he went to Duke."- Terrence Williams
And now it's time to watch Michael Jordan botch a draft pick! Who's ready for Tyler Hansbrough!!!!
12. Gerald Henderson
SG, 6'5", 215lbs.
I'd just love it if one year the Bobcats would draft out of state.
Of course Jay Bilas loves Henderson. Bilas proabably thinks he should have been the first pick. (Via 49er16)
Henderson is one of only a few players Jordan actually saw for Charlotte. Can't believe he made this pick without doing any leg work. (Via TheJonLee on Twitter)
PF, 6'10", 234lbs.
And the Knicks fans are right on queue with the chant of OVER-RATED!!! Is anybody completely bored with the Draft at this point?
"It's okay if you want to stay all four years."- Jeff Van Gundy
Well not normally, but okay. Tyler already has the standard/boring answers down pat. 110% Baby!!!!!! Where's Dickie V???
There are going to be tons of mormons rioting in the streets of Salt Lake tonight because Hansbrough didn't go to the Jazz. (Via Lammy)
SF, 6'10", 226lbs.
Oh my god!!!! That's Brandon Jennings music!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a random appearance. Oh and Jay Bilas....STOP SAYING THE WORD "LENGTH"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
No one even cares about the great pick of Earl Clark because Jennings now gets to talk about his decisions. Good times, and that's the end of the lottery.
15. Austin Daye
SF, 6'11, 192lbs.
Length, Length, Length, Length, Wingspan....Tayshaun Prince clone....yada yada yada. Next pick please.
Surprise! Dickie V likes the picks of Hansbrough and Curry, and he even says Curry will be the ROY next year. Ugh.
"Daye makes Prince look like the Hulk."- Jeff Van Gundy
16. James Johnson
PF, 6'8", 258lbs.
Not a bad pick there at all. A big man that can shoot is what you need in the league, and with Deng hurt all the time....Johnson might be able to step in right away.
It's time for ESPN to lose the draft rights and put it on Versus or something. I'm tired of these bozos managing to screw up every draft by the verbal diaharrea they spew out. (Via SS)
Yeah, this is pretty damn boring and pointless.
17. Jrue Holiday
G, 6'4", 199lbs.
Yawn....Minnesota is getting ready to select another Point Guard, so let's brace ourselves!
Nice wide tie Jrue where did he pick that thing up, 1985? (Via Lammy)
PG, 6'1", 199lbs.
Ummm....when did the Timberwolves become the Lions??? There's no doubt that Rubio is heading to NYC, right? Oh wait....Ty Lawson is going to Denver apparently.
wanna bet that last Minny pick was part of a trade ??? anyone ? (Via Mark Cuban on Twitter)
"You can't play everyone." - JVG (Via JFein)
19. Jeff Teague
G, 6'1", 175lbs.
Worst defender in the draft. Terrible pick of Teague by the Hawks, who just traded for Jamal Crawford. Just a terrible pick. Got a dollar says the Jazz pick BJ Mullens....
20. Eric Maynor
PG, 6'3", 164lbs.
Wow. Interesting pick since they already have Deron Williams in the backcourt. They could send Brewer to the three though, and have a two guard lineup. Intriguing.
Great....a Larry Brown interview. And thank you Knicks fans for once again booing on queue.
21. Darren Collison
PG, 6'1", 166lbs.
Yes! We have our first player who wasn't invited to the Draft making his way through the fans!!! Always the best move at the Draft. Nothing like having hostile New York fans throwing stuff at you as you surprise David Stern on stage. Good times.
Seriously, how do the Hornets take this guy ahead of Blair? You can get a reliable 10-minute backup PG for $1M this summer. (Via John Hollinger on Twitter)
I don't know about that one. I like the backup point guard move at this point. Plus I want Blair to slip to the Wiz at the top of round two.
22. Victor Claver
F, 6'9", 224lbs.
Forget the Portland foreigner....Shaq is talking about Mike Jackson! Couldn't ESPN have done better than a conference call with Lisa Salters!?!?!?! Stop talking over the Diesel, woman!!! Worst. Interview. Ever.
Shaq says "I've always been a team player." Somwhere Kobe is laughing out loud. (Via Skip Bayless on Twitter)
23. Omri Casspi
F, 6'9", 211lbs.
The fact that someone was holding up a "Jordan" jersey in front of all the Israeli flags in the stands. MIDDLE EAST REPRESENT!!!!
"They better have good flafel in Sacramento!"- Fran Fraschilla
24. BJ Mullens (To OKC for Rodrigue Beaubois)
Wow....Mark Cuban has been focusing all of his attention on bloggers, and not on the Draft. When have the Mavericks ever had a real center on their team? Answer....never.
25. Rodrigue Beaubois (To Dallas for BJ Mullens)
G, 6'2", 182lbs.
Oh wait.....the two teams drafting in back of each other just traded the last two picks. Why does the draft suck so bad now?
26. Taj Gibson
PF, 6'9", 214lbs.
Annnnnnnd.....it's commercial time. No more commentary for the rest of the night from ESPN.
27. DeMarre Carroll
F, 6'7", 207lbs.
"Here's a guy who has a liver disease"- Stuart Scott
Must Improve: Drinking Tolerance
28. Wayne Ellington
G, 6'5", 202lbs.
I finally agree with Jay Bilas. I think Ellington will be a better pro than Henderson, but there's a problem. What do you do with Corey Brewer and Rodney Carney?
***Knicks trade Quentin Richardson to Memphis for Darko***
29. Toney Douglas
G, 6'2", 183lbs.
Not a bad pick at all for the Knicks. But now the Cavs get DeJaun Blair, and the Wizards will never beat them in a Playoff Series.
30. Christian Eyenga
"With the 30th and the final pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers select...."
Even Stern doesn't want this to go to a second round.
Christian Eyenga: 0.8 PPG. Stat of the night. (Via Dan Shanoff on Twitter)
That's it for me tonight. Just don't have it in me to stick with this for a whole second round full of foreign players. Thanks for joining in, and I'll have some quotes and videos tomorrow. I'll be on Twitter @ http://www.twitter.com/awfulannouncing, so we can all continue this party there if you'd like.