Friday, June 24, 2016

Hey, look, it's the NBA draft!

The NBA draft happened last night, which you would know only if you really, really care about the NBA draft, which most people don't except to find out where their favorite player off their favorite college team is headed next.

Which, for most of those favorite players, is nowhere. See: IU's Yogi Ferrell and Troy Williams, neither of whom was drafted.

That's the thing about the NBA draft. It's only two rounds, so only a handful of players get drafted. And only a handful of the handful are the guys you watched in the NCAA Tournament in March, because so many teams choose to pass on the college guys these days to draft players from overseas.

Players from Croatia, Serbia, Australia, China, Germany, Turkey, Spain, Greece and France were selected last night. The only unusual thing about that, at least to rank laypersons such as myself, is that five French players -- or at least players with French nationality -- were taken. When did we all fall asleep and miss France's emergence as an incubator of NBA talent?

Beats me. But I do know this: Someday, one or several of those French guys we all said "Who's that?" about last night will become as familiar to us as, say, Tony Parker, the only NBA star from France I can think of offhand.

So come on down, Guerschon Yabusele. Or Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. Or David Michineau.

See you in the League.

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