At 7 p.m. tonight questions will begin to be answered. We'll find out if the Bulls are really going to pass up Beasley for Rose. If Pat Riley was able to work out any kind of deal to move out of the #2 slot so he can choose a lesser player than Beasley. We'll see if Memphis will continue their epic quest to the bottom by trading away the #5 pick. We'll see how Donnie Walsh and Mike D'Antoni plan to dig the Knicks out of Isiah's mess.
So many questions to be answered. If you take a cold-hard look at the situation, the Sixers will not be able to trade up into the top 10, so you can probably cross these names off your wish list:
- Brooke Lopez
I'll be shocked if any one of those guys makes it out of the top 10. If they do, it means someone reached. If a couple of teams reach, or if the top five or six picks don't play out as expected, an opportunity could present itself for the Sixers, but chances are, it isn't happening.
For a good look at the Sixers' options at #16, check out Them's Good Eaton
. I wholeheartedly agree with his take on things. When the clock strikes midnight I'll probably be scouring the Internet for every video I can find of the newest Sixer(s). I'll be wrapping my mind around what the newest addition(s) will mean for the guys already on the team and what the direction Ed Stefanski took in the draft will mean for the free agent and trade markets which will open on July 1st.
I'm going in hoping for that miracle trade that brings Kevin Love to Philly, but more than anything I'm hoping I don't see Anthony Randolph's bulimic ass in a Sixers hat up at the podium.
I don't think this is the type of draft that's going to shift the balance of power, at lest the guys being selected won't. The trades might. Still, I'll be here throughout. Actually, I won't be here, per se. I'll be over at Arin It Out
for his live blog of the draft. If you guys are online, stop by. There's a reminder form at the bottom of this post.
I'll keep my eye on the wires throughout the day and keep the site updated with the latest rumors. Tonight is the official beginning of the '08-'09 season for me. Let's hope it gets started on a good note.