Friday, June 27, 2008

NBA Draft Notes

A couple quick hits on tonight's draft.

The Heat did not trade their 2nd pick, and selected (surprise!) K-State frosh Michael Beasley. For some reason, Miami seemed reluctant to take the most-NBA-ready-looking player in the draft, and thoughts are that they still may seek a trade. Their 2nd round pick was "the other Jayhawk" Darnell Jackson.

The Orlando Magic (you know, the other Florida team?) used their 22nd pick to select Hilltopper Courtney Lee. Lee is a solid guard (what the J.J. Reddick pick was supposed to bring Orlando) and could be a good option off the bench. A little curious that the Magic didn't go bigger.

Marreese Speights of the University of Florida (the lone Florida schooled player taken in the draft), went 16th overall to the Philadelphia 76ers. While I thought Speights could have benefited from another year in school, enough fortune tellers told him he had a good chance to be drafted. And lo and behold, he was. As a Gator alum, I wish he would have stayed. But it's not quite the same feeling I had when Christian Drejer or Matt Walsh left. I actually wish Speights all the best.

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