Thursday, June 28, 2007
Welcome one welcome all to the 2007 NBA Draft (Sponsored by Sprite) live from New York City. We'll be getting underway at around 7pm, so I'll see you then!
P.S.- Mock Drafter Blog of Hilarity is LBing as well tonight. AA's TIVO software is on the fritz, so head over there for some YouTubes and Drafty Goodness.
Read about all the action after the jump!
Spike Lee is in tha building! Which means we are a mere 5 minutes or so from going live from NYC. Thanks for joining and let's have us some draft day fun.
Rumor #1,345- Ray Allen to the Celtics
6:57- Wow....Joakim Noah is looking fly!!! Bow-tie and all.
7:00- WE'RE LIVE FROM NYC....Mike Tirico is your host, "The Future Has Arrived!"
So what's the consensus....who's the Brady Quinn of the NBA? My money is on Stuckey
Analysts Jay Bilas, S.A.S.!, and Mark Jackson!!! are on hand.
"Let's not get it twisted! This is not 2003!!!"- SAS, What up Doodlez?
"Each team is going to have to draft for their own needs."- Mark Jackson, Let the sweeping generalizations begin!!! Drink!!
"I'm telling you, whoever gets Noah could have a marketing giant in that city. Ala Ben Wallace here in Detroit, pure energy and defense is marketable with the right guy. Think Ben's "Fro" and Noah's uhh.. well he's eccentric that's for sure."- BD
I agree wholeheartedly....who cares if he can't score that bow-tie can move products!
7:10- The house is packed tonight....from AA correspondent Vegas Watch, "EXCLUSIVE: I was going to go to the draft, but I got there at 6 and it was sold out with a huge line of people waiting to get in." Watch out for the cameras Stephen!
"I hope Oden got his mid afternoon nap. This is going to be an awfully late night for someone his age."- Brave Sir Robin
Too funny....just think.....we have these jokes for the next 15 years or so.
7:14- Dickie V!!!!!!!!!!!
"I disagree with Stephen A. This will be the deepest draft of all." (Crowd Cheers)
Can we PLEASE! stop playing that All American Rejects song....it's about 2 years old.
7:20- "He was in there watching cartoons, and I wasn't down with that."- Mike Conley on Oden.
"I needed something funky....I represent New York."- JOAKIM! (His name is required to have an exclamation point now...it's official)
7:27- I can't believe our Mock Draft skipped over Sun Yue....I blame Digital Headbutt picking Aflalo in the 1st Round....threw the whole thing off (I also blame DH for my bad spelling, the Holocaust, and Feline AIDS....more to come!)
"Charlotte where Michael Jordan has both hands on the wheel"- Tirico, Suuuuuuuure.
Rachel Nichols!!! Drink!!!!! She didn't blink. Sal in Philly..surprise! Jim Gray....sorry I fell asleep.
"EEE JEN LEE N"- MT, Thanks for the exact pronunciation Mike.
Fran Frischilla's hair says good evening. "How does seersucker even remotely qualify as "funky" or "representing New York"? I bet Colonel Sanders is rolling over in his crispy fried grave right now."- Bstone
7:30- We're just about underway....everyone take a shot. Let's do this!
"One anchor, one pillar, one wall.....roots in the ground can rise.....The building blocks of a dream"- Tirico, Ugh...
THE FUTURE IS ALIVE TODAAAAAAAAAAAY!
Wait....the Liberty are in New York??? That explains everything.
THE PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS ARE ON THE CLOCK!
5 minutes and counting....Clap it up ownership.
1. Portland Trail Blazers
Greg Oden, C, Ohio State
"I was putting hand sanitizer on. I didn't want to get Mr. Stern sick."- Oden
Ray Allen to Boston.....Wally, Delonte West and the #5 to Seattle. Seattle will end up with the 2 and 5 with Durant and Jeff Green!!! WOW. What a deal.
2. Seattle Supersonics
Kevin Durant, SF, Texas
"From Sweetland, Maryland."- MT, It's actually SUITland but I'm just being picky Mike.
"He's got a crush on Beyonce....not if or when he'll meet her. He'll meet her courtside at an NBA game soon"- Stu Scott, Ummm what?
Could Kevin Pritchard be anymore boring? Good god.
3. Atlanta Hawks
Al Horford, PF, Florida
"I think what sets him apart is his rebounding appetite."- Jay Bilas, What the hell is that?
"You are somebody's hotties....all of you."- Stu Scott sending it back to the booth.
4. Memphis Grizzlies
Mike Conley Jr., PG, Ohio State
Great pick for them....you don't waste this one on Yi.
Lisa Salters pimping the gold jacket. JOAKIM! is jealous.
5. Seattle Supersonics from Boston
Jeff Green, SF, Georgetown
I hate this pick for Seattle. Whoever said it in the comments is right...he and Durant play the same exact position. If you try to put either of them at the four you're screwed.
"Boston hates their fans"- Lord Nero, Amen....who wants the 6th seed in the playoffs for the next two years!!!
Via our ridiculously awesome video correspondent Blog of Hilarity
6. Milwaukee Bucks
Yi Jianlian, SF, China
"He's hip-hop he's 50 cent"- Fran Fraschilla, Thanks for that Fran.
Uh oh....China don't want Yi in Milwaukee. DRAMA!
Wow Yi attended the premiers of Pirates of the Caribbean and Shrek 3!!!! Thanks ESPN.
"I would trust Del Harris if he was my dad."- Bilas, Someone get a paternity test scheduled.
Man the T-Wolves are screwed here....Brandan Wright?
7. Minnesota Timberwolves
Corey Brewer, SG, Florida
Must Improve: Hairstyle, that fade is so Kid N' Play....go with Sprewell dreads now that you're in Minnesota.
"I hear the guys telling me Micheal Conley's like Tony Parker. He may have his handles, but he doesn't have Eva Longoria, I'll tell you that. Thank you, I'll be here all week."- Jason
Thanks so much for getting that Jason....I couldn't type fast enough.
Charlotte can't trade this pick fast enough, but with Yi off the board....they're stuck.
"You have solid backcourt play with Felton, Carroll, and Morrison."- Mark Jackson, Umm, Mark....Small Forward isn't in the backcourt.
8. Charlotte Bobcats
Brandan Wright, PF, UNC (Traded to Golden State for Jason Ricardson and Jarmareo Davidson)
Jay Bilas thinks this is a steal....I do not. "He runs the floor like a deer."- JB
Thanks Isiah. Classic.
9. Chicago Bulls
Joakim Noah, PF, Florida
Best Strength: Sheer Awesomeness!!!
Look out Eastern Conference Cheerleaders.....Here comes JOAKIM!
"Woody Paige is giving the rookie symposium talk right now in the green room with the players"- Statue Left
Propelled forward and into the air....Forward and into the air. (Thanks Radioman)
"He uses a special shampoo for his hair....Bumble and Bumble."- Stu Scott, No comment.
10. Sacramento Kings
Spencer Hawes, C, Washington
Why did I change this pick in my Mock Draft....so stupid.
"He does not rebound well. He's not a great shot blocker."- Jay Bilas, So what exactly does he do good?
"Spencer loves Political Debates."- Stu Scott, Ugh....he's a George Bush supporter too. Ron Artest is up first!
"And Brad Miller will have his hunting trip."- SS Reporters
S.A.S is dead on with his Noah assessment.
11. Atlanta Hawks
Acie Law IV, PG, Texas A&M
Love, love, love this from Atlanta. I can't believe I'm saying this, but in 5 years....look out for the Hawks!!!
"This man is a gamer."- MJ, Generalization.....drink!
Wow...Acie wasn't allowed to dribble until he was 10 years old. Can someone say Todd Marinovich?
Is it just me or does S.A.S. talk faster as the night goes on? I can't keep up.
12. Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF, GT
S.A.S. calls it! Dead on. Man, if the Wizards get Al Thornton I'm going to be so excited. I'm loving this.
"(Acie Law) can't shoot but has the ability to shoot..WTF is going on?"- Lord Nero, I have no idea. Doesn't everybody have the ability shoot. You too could play for the Hawks according to Jay Bilas.
Breaking!!! Via Deadspin on Slam Online....."It’s Randolph, Dickau and Freddy Jones for Steve Francis and Channing Frye. Exclusive!" Not sure how to take this, but here's the link. (8:29)
13. New Orleans Hornets
Julian Wright, SF, Kansas
"Stephen A. is good at clownin'"- J. Wright, Exactly! I've been saying this for years!!!
Just so you know how much I'm going crazy I want to take you back to last year's draft. Marcus Williams keeps slipping and slipping.....he drops to the Wizards....and the pick??? Olexsiy Pecherov. Enough said.
14. Los Angeles Clippers
Al Thornton, SF, FSU
This is a terrible pick. They need tons and tons of guards....every pick should be a guard. The guy is 23!!! He just came into his own in his Senior Year in a down year in the ACC. Hate this selection.
"You hear that Jay? His 37 against Duke"
"You know Stu I'm not hung up on the whole UNC-DUKE thing you need to grow up."- Jay Bilas
Whoa fellas....it's still early.
Here's the Yi Interview (link) if you missed it. (Thanks again BOH)
15. Detroit Pistons
Rodney Stuckey, SG, Eastern Washington
Yes! Thank god. Please pick someone normal (American) Wizards!!! (And anyone but Jason Smith!!!)
Is it just me or is Mark Jackson not talking at all? Okay nevermind....here he goes....
16. Washington Wizards
Nick Young, SG, USC
Whooo! I haven't been this excited since the Wizards selected....umm? Juwan Howard???
Oh F You ESPN!!! Of course my new favorite player's mic isn't working during his first interview.
And here's the trade......HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Of course Spike Lee approves, and the David Lee reaction....priceless.
I don't like this trade for Knicks at all. Zach Randolph is actually going to get killed in NY, and by get killed I mean shot. And giving up Channing Frye is an iffy move. Probably the most athletic guy on the team. Portland is kicking ass again in this draft.
17. New Jersey Nets
Sean Williams, C, BC
Must Improve: Maturity, Hahahahahaha...now that's funny
"Did Bilas just say Thornton has good "second jumpability"?- Anon, Yes....yes he did. What the hell does that even mean?
"Okay so i guess the ESPN editor MEANT to leave..."...father won Franch Open..." and of course "COUNTRY: Texas" on the screen? these werent mistakes?"- Gus Johnson for God
Damn I can't believe I missed that.
18. Golden State Warriors
Marco Belinelli, SG, Italy
Damn this kid has some ups. This is like the anti-Yi highlight film. Still kind of a reach though.
Man the submission from readers today is above and beyond....from Dave at Why don't we get drunk and Blog? I give you JOAKIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
19. Los Angeles Lakers
Javaris Crittenton, PG, GT
"We'll have a dinner bet and I'll bet you that this Draft is better than 2003"- Dickie V to S.A.S.
20. Miami Heat
Jason Smith, PF, Colorado State
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10:54- ANNNNND WE'RE BAAAAAAAAAAACK! Wow what a nightmare. I have no idea who was picked, so you peeps better have kept the comments going.
Please bear with me as I catch up.
21. Philadelphia 76ers
Daequan Cook, SG, Ohio State
22. Charlotte Bobcats
Jared Dudley, SF, BC
23. New York Knicks
Wilson Chandler, SF, DePaul
24. Phoneix Suns
Rudy Fernandez, SG, Spain (Traded to Portland for cash)
25. Utah Jazz
Morris Almond, SG, Rice
26. Houston Rockets
Aaron Brooks, PG, Oregon
27. Detroit Pistons
Aaron Aflalo, SG, UCLA
28. San Antonio Spurs
Tiago Splitter, PF, Brazil
29. Phoenix Suns
Alando Tucker, SG, Wisconsin
30. Philadelphia 76ers
Peterri Koponen (Traded to Portland for Derrick Byars)
31. SEA- Carl Landry, F, Purdue
32. BOS- Gabe Pruitt, PG, USC
33. SAS- Marcus Williams, SF, Arizona
34. DAL- Nick Fazekas, SF, Nevada
35. BOS- Glen Davis, PF, LSU
36. GSW- Jermario Davison, SF, Alabama (Traded to Charlotte with Jason Richardson for Brandan Wright)
37. PHI- Josh McRoberts, PF, Duke
38. PHI- Kyrylo Fesenko, PF, Ukraine
Seriously Philly.....back to back white guys??? Worst. Moves. Ever.
Trade! Trailblazers get Petteri Kopenen for the 42nd pick and Cash.
39. MIA- Stanko Barac, C, Croatia (Traded to Indiana)
40. LAL- Sun Yue, G, China
41. MIN- Chris Richard, F, Florida
42. POR- Derrick Byars, SG, Vanderbilt (Traded to Philly for Peterri Koponen)
43. NOH- Adam Haluska, G, Iowa
44. ORL- Reyshawn Terry, F, UNC
"Sun Yue's favorite rapper is Usher."- MT, Sorry Mike and Sunny....Usher ain't no rapper.
45. LAC- Jared Jordan, PG, Marist
46. GSW- Stephane Lasme, F, UMass
47. WSH- Dominic McGuire, SF, Fresno State
48. LAL- Marc Gasol, C, Spain
49. CHI- Aaron Gray, C, Pitt
Okay....I think I'm caught up. D*** what can I say? I thought about this as I imagined each pick as they were made. Well, honestly? I'm just a means to an end, and AA readers kick ass. You picked up the slack while Mother Nature was knocking me down....for those of you that kept commenting....you will be rewarded tomorrow.
50. DAL- Renaldas Seibutis, SG, Lithuania
51. CHI- JamesOn Curry, SG, Oklahoma State
52. POR- Taurean Green, PG, Florida
53. POR- Demetris Nichols, SF, Syracuse
54. HOU- Brad Newley, SG, Australia
55. UTH- Herbert Hill, F, Providence
Must Improve: Vowels in first name
That cheers me up a bit. Thanks Chris!
56. MIL- Ramon Sessions, PG, Nevada
57. DET- Sammy Meija, G, DePaul
58. SAS- Giorgos Priinatataziziziz- SF, Greece
59. PHX- DJ Strawberry, SF, Maryland
60. DAL- Milovan Rakovic, C, Serbia
Man, Phoenix just kills in the draft. That's a hell of a pick....Meija on the other hand??? Detroit already took two Guards earlier.
Well that's it folks. Thanks so much for sticking around and doubling the comments we had from last year's draft. I'll be up updating the comments into the live-blog late tonight, so feel free to shoot me an email.