- NBA Draft This Thursday; Center Stage in New Jersey

It’s time for the annual gamble taken by NBA teams as they try to find the next Michael Jordan while hopefully not selecting the next Adam Morrison.  The NBA Draft kicks off festivities Thursday in New Jersey and only two things are certain: one, Kyrie Irving will be selected first and two.

What is most uncertain, however, is the state of labor negotiations during this troubled off-season.  Whether or not there will even be a 2011-2012 season remains up in the air, but those kinds of negative thoughts will be pushed to the background for at least Thursday night as teams try to fill needs and/or choose the best athlete available.

Irving, the freshman point guard from Duke, seems to be the consensus number one pick.  It is inconceivable that Cleveland would pass on this talented 6’3” floor leader.  After that pick it gets a bit more like guesswork when predicting the next ones chosen.  That uncertainty won’t prevent our sports gurus at from venturing forth with a few predictions regarding the top ten picks.

  • Cleveland picks Kyrie Irving, point guard out of Duke.  To do anything else would risk a massive revolt among Cavalier fans desperately in need of a new hero.
  • Minnesota will take Derrick Williams, the sweet-shooting forward from Arizona.
  • We are betting against the grain here that Utah goes with Kemba Walker out of UConn.
  • Cleveland again, and this time they go international with 6’11” big man Jan Vesely from the Czech Republic.
  • Toronto weighs in with Enes Kantner from Kentucky, taking a chance on this very talented freshman power forward/center.
  • Washington will surprise a few by taking Jonas Valanclunes, the center from Lithuania.
  • Sacramento will stay close to home with their pick and take Kawhi Leonard, small forward out of San Diego State
  • Detroit, obviously shaken after Walker was chosen before they got their pick, switches to their second choice, Alec Burks from Colorado
  • Charlotte, still reeling from taking Morrison a few years back, will hopefully find gold in Marcus Morris, junior out of Kansas.
  • Milwaukee finishes the top ten with Klay Thompson from Washington State.

Of course there is always the possibility of a trade as teams jockey for a different position in the draft, so don’t bet the farm on any mock draft before Thursday.

The only other certainty is that most of the first round choices will sign lucrative, multi-million dollar contracts and their new lives as NBA players will commence.  This, of course, means relocation from their hometowns to their new NBA city, and then over the course of their careers several more relocations, and that is where the pros at Sports come in.

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Give us a call and let us make this relocation process a simple one, and congratulations to all of the new NBA players.

by: Ikem Chukumerije

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