The second round of the NBA Playoffs is under way and soon, the off-season will begin.
Even though there won’t be any LeBron James dunks, Kevin Durant scoring streaks, or Kobe Bryant game-winning shots, this year’s NBA off-season will no doubt bring that same excitement with the draft and a free agent pool filled with future Hall-of-Famers.
When June 24, 2010 does arrive, the 2010 Draft Class will be introduced to the world of basketball on its grandest stage—Madison Square Garden. The class will feature a profuse 77 underclassmen, led by the projected overall No. 1 pick John Wall.
Calipari’s most recent one-and-done is just one of many underclassmen, and one of many players in the draft, with loads of potential. The New Jersey Nets are the odds on favorite to win the coveted No. 1 overall pick. The Nets finished a league’s worst 12-70, but there is hope in the Nets organization.
With Mikhail Prokhorov, Russia’s richest man, holding majority ownership of the franchise, the Nets will have no problem in pursuing expensive players.
Prokhorov, a 6'7" basketball fanatic who played as an amateur, won’t settle for having 12 wins a season and an embarrassing show on the court. Besides this off-season’s free agency, the draft is another way to make sure your team can win more than 12 games this season.
With a 25 percent of chance of winning the NBA Lottery, the Nets are in prime position to select a player who could have an immediate impact on the team. It seems every 2010 Mock Lottery has point guard John Wall as top pick, no matter which team does win the No. 1 spot.
Set to be the next Derek Rose, Wall indeed might be the best overall player in the draft, but is he really the best choice for the New Jersey Nets.