Thursday, June 25, 2009

NBA Draft liveblogging Part XI - Pacer reach

By Rick Morris

As always tonight, we will lead off an update with a link to HOOPS DRAFTOLOGY 2009, our draft guide and the videos we posted of the top players in this draft. We'll also throw in a link to the CBS Draft Tracker.

"Psycho T" goes in the lottery to Indiana! Talk about marking out purely for college production. I know that this is a subpar draft, but don't you have to at least pretend to draft for upside in the lottery? Seems a bit early to go for the "he is what he is" pick.

And just when I wrote off Golden State as joining the cast of the deliberate losers by trading away Jamal Crawford for spare parts, up pops Ric Bucher on my TV screen to say that they're on the verge of trading for Amare. While the Suns would be going further in that pathetic direction with such a trade, the Warriors would end up redeeming themselves -- and then some.

The final lottery pick of the night goes to the aforementioned loser Suns. Earl Clark of Louisville becomes the second of Rick Pitino's Tigers to be picked thus far. Does he have the upside you'd want for a team that will be building around so many young players? Possibly, but he's going to have to continue to grow what is already a fairly versatile game.

For whatever reason, David Stern just introduced Brandon Jennings on stage even though he was picked back at #10. You're late, kid!

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