Tonight’s one of the best nights of sports during the summer. This evening, sixty young men will have their lives changed forever when they hear their named called and announced as a selection in the 2019 NBA Draft. Let’s face it, the draft is exciting, but it can get a bit stale especially in the second round. We all know Zion Williamson will be the first pick by the New Orleans Pelican, but there are still plenty of story lines to follow. Here are some predictions we’ve made to enhance your viewing experience. Please leave your predictions in the comments below.
How many Canadians will be drafted?
Our prediction: There has been at least one player from the Great White North in the past nine NBA drafts and 27 out of the last 35 years. We predict five players will be selected tonight.
How many trades will occur during the draft?
Our prediction: Who doesn’t love a good trade? We think this year will be fairly active. I expect no less than four trades.
Will the Lakers make another trade?
Our prediction: The Lakers are a franchise in complete disarray. I doubt they will be involved in a trade as they look for stability in these trying times.
How many international players will be drafted?
Our prediction: With us predicting five players will be selected from Canada alone, we anticipate an additional six international ballers will be picked for a grand total of ten. With the likes of Luka Samanic (Croatia), Goga Bitadze (Georgia), and Sekou Doumboya (France) this year’s draft class has a lot of depth. Time will tell if any of these guys become the next Giannis Antetokounmpo or if an unfortunate franchise will end up with the second coming of Darko Milicic.
Will the Indiana Pacers select a white guy with the 18th pick?
Our prediction: Nope. Many mock drafts predict them selecting Bol Bol with the 18th pick. As a Pacer fan I couldn’t be more excited to see Manute Bol’s son lace up for the blue and gold next season. Unfortunately, the Indiana Pacers were a team that in the not to distant past could’ve had an all white starting five.
Will Kyle Guy be drafted?
Our prediction: He’s being projected as a late second rounder in most mock drafts. We expect to see him drafted and playing in the G league next season.
How far will Tacko Fall…fall?
Our prediction: It’s no secret that we are huge fans of Tacko. We expect to see him picked late in the second round, ideally by the Indiana Pacers. Bol Bol and Tacko Fall on the same team is a dream come true.
Will the television broadcast be over by 10:30pm ET?
Our prediction: Tonight’s broadcast starts at 7pm ET on ESPN. We are in the dark period between basketball and football. They will stretch this broadcast as long as possible to avoid having to discuss baseball. Not a chance this ends before even 11pm.
Will Knicks fans boo their pick?
Our prediction: Is it even a draft without New York booing their team’s selection? ABSOLUTELY!
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By: Dennis Burkett