Forget about Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker. Who would the Cleveland Cavaliers take with the top pick in the 2014 NBA draft if Jesus Shuttlesworth from He Got Game, Buddy from Air Bud and Calvin Cambridge from Like Mike were all on the board?
In this, the first annual NBA Fictional Athlete Mock Draft, I'll walk through the 15 lottery picks in the 2014 draft and project which player each team would select from a pool consisting entirely of fictional movie basketball players.
I have conducted rich scouting reports of each player, considering not only overall talent and NBA readiness, but also how well each player fits into the schemes of specific teams.
There are a few differences between the NBA draft that exists in the real world and the one that exists in the fictional world that you are about to enter:
- There is no minimum-age requirement. Players are eligible to enter the draft straight out of high school, or middle school, or wherever else they come from.
- There is no species restriction. Human beings, dogs, animated creatures, monsters and everything in between are eligible for the draft.
- Only fictional characters are eligible, though careful consideration will be given to how these fictional characters will fit in with real-life NBA rosters.
After speaking to several GMs around the league, I've been able to get a pretty good sense of which fictional characters impressed at this year's fictional combine and who is being targeted by certain teams.
Therefore, if the NBA does choose to draft exclusively from a fictional pool on Thursday night, my predictions should prove to be perfectly accurate.
Without further ado, the Cleveland Cavaliers are on the clock.