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Our Look At The NBA Draft

by Trevor Freeman

So I’m at Pat O’Brien’s and I’m playing a little Beirut.  In walk some kids who look to be fresh out of college and eventually my group engages them in some friendly “Beirut” banter.  In my first game against a solid twosome, I offer a “we’re playing 21 cups” in a cocky manner.  Being a veteran I felt that my experience would better translate in a 21 cup game.  The youth responded, “No problem, old-timer”.  The game begins and me and my partner who are both staring 30 in the eye got off to a great start and held on for a close win.  Following this we played two more games and the college kids whupped us.  What does this have to do with the NBA Draft?  Nothing really…….well except for the fact that there are a bunch of young kids about to put a whupping on some veterans.  

People look at this draft as being all about Kevin Durant and Greg Oden.  However there are some nice value plays in here as I think both Al Horford and Corey Brewer will be big-time contributors.  

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NBA Draft Preview

The NBA Draft is soon approaching, and if you ask me, is not getting the attention it deserves. Sure, there’s the top two that everyone is talking about: Oden and Durant. But after them, a lot of these players are going unnoticed or flying way too far under the radar. I have taken it upon myself to enlighten the public on what players should be drafted this year. One thing I refuse to do, unlike NBA GM’s, is fill the end of the second round with European project players. Each player at each pick is a player that truly deserves to be there.

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College Basketball

Why Kevin Durant Should Stay In School

by Trevor Freeman

For the next month and a half, Kevin Durant will be inundated with people whispering that he would be a fool to not declare for the NBA Draft.  They will tell Durant about the $70 million that Nike will throw at him.  Agents will give him the same treatment that “Vinny Chase” got when he cruelly decided to explore the option of replacing “Ari Gold”.  Writers will talk about how if the goal of college is to get a great education so you can get a good job, that Durant has already done enough to accomplish this goal.  What nobody has done is articulate the other side.  The reasoning for why he should stay in school.  That’s where I come in.  So Kevin, if you’re reading make sure you take the following five things into account before voting “yes” on the money and “no” on Texas.      

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Our Look At The Inequality In Media Treatment Between Andrea Bargnani And Adam Morrison

by Trevor Freeman

It is a league that is desperate to get back the prestige it had in the 1980s and early 1990s.  Not only has it fallen behind its “super” cousin but it must be “maddening” to watch its younger brother be the version more preferred. In a series of articles last year, we dissected the NBA Draft and wondered aloud why NBA General Managers consistently avoided the common sense approach of drafting the best collegiate players available. That a basketball version of Billy Beane could walk into the league right now and be the new Red Auerbach. Today, we take a look at the words of some of the journalists covering the game and more importantly their bias against last season’s college superstar, Adam Morrison, and their tendency to push the first overall pick, Andrea Bargnani.

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Applying Common Sense To The NBA Draft-Part III "The Fazekas Affair"

“The two sides are, on the one hand, the old scouts and, on the other, Billy Beane. The old scouts are like a Greek chorus, it is their job to underscore the eternal themes of baseball. The eternal themes are precisely what Billy Beane wants to exploit for profit – by ignoring them.”
-Michael Lewis in “Moneyball”

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Breaking Down The NBA Draft

by Trevor Freeman

I don’t know what it is about the NBA Draft, but it always lends to great moments.  From Steve Francis crying in disgust after being drafted by Vancouver to Priest Lauderdale storming out of the crowd to shake David Stern’s hand after being picked, the Draft is always top-notch.  However this year’s version reached epic proportions on Wednesday night.  For last night after the Knicks picked Mardy Collins, ESPN decided to send Mark Jones into the crowd to interview a Knicks fan.  The fan (who was clearly lubricated) ripped Isiah Thomas on national television in what was an outstanding Brooklyn accent.  I can only imagine what the producers of the draft were screaming in Mark Jones microphone when he cut the fan off.  Outstanding comedy.  Outstanding Draft.