By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The week before the NBA draft is when I fit a year’s worth of college basketball viewing into seven days.
Actually, this is the week when instead of doing that, I just talk to Derek Bodner, who is actually doing that.
Bodner, who writes for Draft Express and Liberty Ballers, is doing now with the draft what accountants do for the week prior to the tax-deadline. Preparing and cramming for Thursday night’s NBA Draft.
I asked him some key questions about this year’s draft, and what the Sixers might do.
The Draft Overall
What about people who think there isn’t as much talent in current drafts as past?
DB: Where do you think these players are coming from? Where do you think NBA players are coming from? Are they just transported on to a team? They have to come from the draft. But what you’re seeing is a whole lot of international prospects which we don’t really get a whole lot of video footage from, and younger players who might not be household college names yet. I think it’s more familiarity, it’s certainly not [a lack of] talent.”
Is the draft as terrible as people say?
Is the draft as bad as people say?: It depends a lot on how you define terrible. I guess if you’re looking at the three, four, five, six pick in the first round, even the first and second pick, and you’re looking for a franchise player, I would be disappointed to get a top five pick in this draft. I would still prefer a top five pick than the eleventh pick, but it’s certainly not the type of draft where you think “we’re getting a Lebron James, we’re getting a Dywane Wade. We’re set for a decade.” I do like some of the talent from let’s say 15-25, I think that might be stronger than some years. But certainly not in terms of front-end talent.
Who should be the #1 pick?
I’ll readily admit, I probably overrate shot blockers a little bit, and defensive big men a little bit. Certainly not in terms of readiness, because he’s probably not going to be back until December, I would probably go Nerlens Noel. I really want a defensive big man, especially if you’re the Sixers, I want a guy who alters shots at the rim.
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