The build-up to tonight's NBA draft has been compelling. Always interesting to project -- this guy will be good, this guy will be great, don't touch this guy. We usually make more of the players coming into the league than they are. We do the same in the NFL. Doesn't make either draft any less entertaining.
Heard one analyst this morning talk about how impressed he was with North Carolina's Harrison Barnes. Heard another say he was not impressed. I made my mind up about Barnes long before the draft. He's a jump shooter. You do not invest the second pick in the draft on a jump shooter, and the Charlotte Bobcats won't. But if they trade down...
Alas, there has been enough build-up, enough learned guesses, enough wild guesses, enough scenarios. I want Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Bradley Beal in Charlotte. I'd love to see Charlotte add a second first-round pick, but not at the expense of losing Kidd-Gilchrist or Beal or even Thomas Robinson.
Will be a long night, and an interesting night, and when it ends we'll know a lot more about the decision-making abilities of the Bobcat braintrust than we do now.