As with any draft, it's custom to look at winners and losers. What teams did great and chose wisely and what teams maybe reached or made picks that just caused fans to scratch their heads. But, here at AA, our winners and losers are devoted to ESPN's draft coverage. What on-air personalities stood out as great value? Which on-air personalities weren't quite ready for their name to be called. Check out our winners and losers and see if you agree.
Jay Bilas... and his drinking game
-Another year, another All-Star performance from Jay Bilas. Between Bilas and Fran Fraschilla (more on him later), ESPN's NBA Draft coverage has two terrific analysts to anchor their coverage. Unsurprisingly, Bilas was the go-to guy after nearly every pick to provide his Kiperesque (that's a word, look it up) scouting report. Also, there was the typical wit from Bilas along the way as he acknowledged the drinking game his love for the word "wingspan" has spawned, both on the broadcast and on Twitter. Once again, Jay Bilas and his SWAG was the star of the coverage.
-I'm not as bullish on Rece Davis as others. The man is a pro, never one to wow, but solid in the fundamentals of doing his job as a studio host. And in place of Stuart Scott's stumbling, uneven performance last year, Davis was a breath of fresh air. It makes you wonder how much better ESPN's NFL Draft coverage would be with a simple swap of Chris Berman for Trey Wingo. However, one feels that the lack of a true NBA studio host (see Patrick, Dan or Johnson, Ernie) could have provided some extra depth. Still, Davis did as good a job as he could and showed more knowledge of the NBA than some of his analysts did about the college prospects.