That's right, we have a spur of the moment mock for tonight's NBA Draft!
The backstory: I'm an NBA nerd and so is a college buddy of mine, and diehard Minnesota Timberwolves fan, Jose. We traded e-mails earlier today and ended up alternating picks a la Bill Simmons and Chad Ford.
Below is a snippet of how it starts and a link if you really want to see way too many words on the NBA Draft. Fellow bball nerds, this is for you to follow along during the draft or afterwards to see how amazingly off we are. For everyone else, this is probably not for you.
Jose: Let's start with the formalities. This is a Mock Draft done by Tibs and Jose (I'm not going to use real names because Yay Internetz!!!:P!!!) It'll be done over the course of the day leading up to the draft. Simple rules:
1. First round only
2. No trades (they're tough to predict as is)
We'll take turns selecting players as we go, with a writeup about why we're making that pick for that team. Then the other person will do a quick note analyzing the previous pick from their standpoint (doesn't have to be more than a couple of sentences), then make the pick for the following team when they have time. What will be fun is that, by the time we get past the Bulls, it'll be the greatest crapshoot ever. Now we wait to see who all is doing this before we get going, and then presto magnifico, it's on.
So we've agreed that it will be just Tibs and I, and because the Bulls have the 20th pick, and the Wolves the 9th, he'll be drafting the even numbered picks and I'll be drafting the odd numbered. Without further adieu, let's start the show.
Cue the Stern voice!
With the 1st pick in the two thousand thirteen NBA draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers select Nerlens Noel, Center, Kentucky.
Jose's Take: There's so much smoke in the air about Cleveland. They want Noel. They want Len. They want Oladipo. They want Porter. No, they want to trade down. There isn't a consensus top player in this years draft, so Cleveland wants to jettison the pick to get on in 2014 (good luck with that) and save some money to go after Lebron in a couple of years. But at the end of the day, unless some team is incredibly stupid, they'll draft the best defensive big in this draft. Sure, he needs a lot of work on offense and he needs to recover, but gut feeling says that if he pans out, he'll be a Tyson Chandler type. He's going to need a veteran to teach him how to be a pro, but if Kyrie gets to throw oops to him for three or four years, it could be really fun to watch.
Tibs, you're up.
TIBS: Can I already change the subject from the draft to NBA offseason rumors?! And yes, that's a testament to how underwhelming this first overall pick is (back to that in a moment).