Today is the day of the NBA draft, it is the second most popular draft in American sports, and I am something of a sports fanatic so I have been fully drawn into the hype. Much like the NFL draft, this is an event in which dozens of young adults are made instant millionaires with the calling of their name. There is no science to the NBA draft, I mean, scouts study and interview players for months before naming a pick, but often times NBA draft picks just don’t pan out. On average, it seems as though only 8 out of the 60 players drafted in a single NBA draft actually make an impact in the league. The low percentage of success in the NBA for draft picks can be unnerving to a struggling franchise, so it pays to have the first pick in the draft, but even that is not a sure thing. Many notable players were passed on by the team choosing first, including Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant, and while there are some greats chosen first overall, the NBA draft is always full of surprises. This year is the first year in a long time that Knicks fans like myself have something to look forward to, as the Knicks actually own a top five pick. The Knicks have been known for their years of boneheaded picks and terrible management, but that could all change in an instant. The Knicks have expressed a desire to draft Duke Center, Jahlil Okafor with their pick, but it seems like the fourth pick owned by the Knicks may be too high to grab the highly touted freshman. I would love to see the Knicks draft a versatile player like D’angelo Russell, but if he too is not available, they may find themselves making another boneheaded Knicks move. I am pretty excited about tonight’s draft, I have my hopes set high for a positive move by the Knicks, I just don’t want to see my dreams dashed by more of the team’s poor management decisions.
The NFL draft is only days away, and I as a football fan, am extremely excited. I see the NFL draft as the first official day of the NFL season, and the day that teams set as the turning point for the future of their franchise. In the draft each team gets to choose the best talent available from a pool of eligible college players, with the season’s worst team getting the first pick. This year my favorite team, the New York Giants, did quite poorly and ended up with the 9th pick in the draft. While I was upset at the outcome of the season, I am excited for the team’s future. The Giants faced many injuries last year, and did not fully get a grasp of their new offensive scheme until halfway through the season, so this new year should bring only optimism for Giants fans. After watching last season it is clear that the Giants have several spots where they could draft top talent to fill, but the Giants have always shown to be a team that drafts the best player available, no matter the position, or if they need the player. I am confident in the abilities of the Giants’ front office to do what is right for the team, they have showed time and time again that they know what they are doing, and they keep a positive vision of the future of the team. The NFL is a competitive league, and with 31 other teams in the same position as the Giants, it would be absurd for me to say they will definitely win the Super Bowl next year, but as a fan I wouldn’t dare believe anything different.