I can’t believe how stoked I’m getting for the NBA draft tomorrow night. It’s amazing what having the number 3 pick will do for a fan’s enthusiasm, especially a fan that was deprived of many years of first-round picks due to the tragicomic ineptitude of the team’s front office. You’d rather have Derrick Rose or Michael Beasley (pleeeease let Beasley drop to #3), but there seem to be a lot of teams hot on OJ Mayo. The Wolves could take him or deal him to move down a few spots and get a legit starter to fill a need for their trouble. They seem to amour Kevin Love, and I sure liked him the couple times I watched him. I’ve never seen Mayo, very little Brook Lopez, etc.
It doesn’t really matter to me, though. They are going to get at least one good player tomorrow night, an asset. Even McHale couldn’t pull a McHale on that one. And this team is in bad need of assets.
And I’ll be there, live. Not at the actual NBA Draft, but at the Target Center, for the Wolves Draft Party. It’s an Exclusive Event, open only to season ticket holders and their dates. I’m Pipeline Person MikeB’s date. I hope peach corsages are still popular! Now, I’m not one to go to Draft Parties, at least not official ones. But how many more chances will I have in my lifetime to boo Kevin McHale in person after executing another draft Hindenburg? Answer: Twelve.
Hey, you! Yes, you, NBA fans in Portland! The Blazers now have picks 13 and 27. Who are you hoping falls to you at 13?
You, Warriors fans! Your starters don’t have any obvious holes that a 14 pick will likely solve. Do you just take the best player left?
As a Wolves fan, I’m concerned the Wolves will do something hideous like stay at 3, then draft Brook Lopez, who could probably be had as low as 9, then promptly enroll him at the Kevin McHale Big Man Camp. Fear that. But believe this:
No matter who the Wolves come away with tomorrow, I’m going to find any available silver lining and cling to that like a lifeline for as long as it takes. For example, Brook Lopez has legit NBA center size, is pretty skilled offensively, and is an aggressive, physical player at both ends of the floor. The Wolves have a gaping need for all of those things.
Personally, I’m rooting for them to deal down, get a legit starter to fill a need (anything but a PF and SG), and then hopefully be able to grab Kevin Love.