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As usual, draft is nothing but bunch of hot air
The armchair general managers of the NBA have trotted out in numbing detail the relevance of each player eligible to be drafted this week.
Most of these player assessments are conceived from a distance and have about as much value as gazing into a crystal ball.
That is no knock on the stargazers, basketball and seers alike.
That is the nature of the personnel business, fraught as it is this week with disinformation, agents doubling as spin doctors, projected trades galore and one team executive after another dropping trial balloons to see which ones float and work in their favor.
Kevin Durant cannot bench press his weight, come to find out, as if this tidbit will determine his stardom.
He probably cannot run the mile in 4-something either.
Yet it is doubtful the Sonics need a weightlifter or cross-country runner on their roster.
Reggie Miller always appeared to be the fellow most likely to have sand kicked in his face at the beach.
You would have to agree his 18-season career turned out fairly well, stick body or not.
And he was only the 11th pick overall of the 1987 draft, taken one spot ahead of Tyrone Bogues.
The Miller choice disappointed those enthralled with the Hoosiers and the cunning of Steve Alford that resulted in a national championship in the spring of that year.
Alford would have been an absolutely dreadful pick for the Pacers, local ties or not, and, in fact, was not selected until early in the second round.
The Spurs made the universal choice by claiming David Robinson with the No. 1 overall pick in 1987.
The quality of that year’s draft deteriorated appreciably after Robinson, although who knew it at the time?
Armon Gilliam was the No. 2 pick overall, Dennis Hopson No. 3 and Reggie Williams No. 4.
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