The NBA Draft is among my five favorite sports days of the year, and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not alone: Anybody who appreciates basketball on any level from high school to pro gets something out of it. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been to three drafts, and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been great every time. This year, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m ecstatic to see Kyrie Irving go at the top, having watched him play a half-dozen times in high school for St. PatrickÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s.
I usually do a mock draft on the site, but this year, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m proud to present a fresh perspective from friend of SportsAngle Robert Jamis, a Nets fan and one of the most savvy basketball observers I know.
Robert really did a terrific mock — though as anyone whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ever done one of these knows, doing one of these amid all the rumors is like counting grains of sand on the beach, especially after the first few picks. This draft, considered very weak after guys like Terrence Jones, Jared Sullinger and Harrison Barnes stayed in school. But I think he did a fantastic job with it, and his player analysis is superb. I want to go to a Hofstra game next year with his uncles.
Check it out after the jump, and enjoy the draft tonight.