The NBA draft is sort of a just-tell-me-the-results-when-it's-over kind of thing, but this year's will actually be worth watching.
Sure, you're probably still going to get the usual cliches and terrible, hard-to-watch jokes that make you want to avoid viewing the draft coverage in the first place. That kind of stuff is unavoidable.
Nevertheless, with so much uncertainty surrounding this year's event, there will surely be enough surprising picks and big-time trades to keep the entertainment value at its highest.
With that being said, here's a look at how to watch and what to watch.
Date: Thursday, June 27, 2013
Start Time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Live Stream: ESPN3 or on the WatchESPN App with a cable subscription
Player to Watch: Sergey Karasev, SF, Russia
When mock drafts first started coming out, Sergey Karasev was slotted, on average, somewhere in the late 20's or even just outside of the first round.
But then his performance at the Nike Hoop Summit, in which he looked completely comfortable against some of the game's brightest stars, perked some ears:
Since then, his stock has been steadily rising, and now there's a very good chance he lands somewhere inside the lottery.
It's not exactly hard to see why, either.
Blessed with size (6'7", 197 lbs, 6'9" wingspan), a guard-like handle and playmaking ability, a smooth lefty stroke and high basketball-IQ, Karasev proved to be a go-to player this season in some of the top leagues in Europe.
At the age of 19, that's incredibly impressive.
Finally, and this is less important than all that other really-good-at-basketball stuff, his invite to the green room is solid evidence to suspect he won't make it past the initial 14 picks—which I'm sure will still surprise many people on draft night.
Team to Watch: Dallas Mavericks
Although there are sure to be several trades, if I had to put my money on one team making a deal, it would be the Dallas Mavericks.
Owners of the No. 13 overall pick, the Mavs could very easily bring in a talented young player capable of making an instant contribution.
However, building through the draft isn't really their style, and if they do, they usually do it via trades.
Last year, they drafted Tyler Zeller and Darius Johnson-Odom—and traded them both for Jared Cunningham, Jae Crowder and Bernard James.
In 2011, they drafted Jordan Hamilton—and traded him—and Targuy Ngombo. In 2010, Solomon Alabi. In 2009, Byron Mullens and Ahmad Nivins. In 2008, Shan Foster. In 2007, Nick Fazekas, Renaldas Seibutis and Milovan Rakovic.
The Mavericks' No. 1 priority this offseason is finding a way to sign superstar free-agent center Dwight Howard, and if their top pick helps them deal Shawn Marion and shed some salary, you can believe they'll pull the trigger in an instant.
History suggests that will be the case.
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