Draft Day Hangover in LA
I'm guessing someone went out to celebrate last night, as a couple local college boys were chosen in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft.
USC's Nick Young was the first to go, at pick number 16 to Washington, where he will toil in obscurity and probably be irrelevant in three years. Just kidding -- he might fit well in the Wizards offense. UCLA's Arron Afflalo was chosen 27th by the Pistons, who could use him now that Chauncey Billups is leaving town, except Afflalo could be overrated. Gabe Pruitt from USC had a pretty disappointing night, falling into the second round (32nd pick overall) and going to the Celtics, so he'll change from being Greek to Irish. More Guinness!
The Clippers and Lakers did alright in the first round, taking Al Thornton (14th pick, Florida State) and Javaris Crittenton (19th pick, Georgia Tech) respectively. Crittenton supposedly needs a few years to develop -- he's 19 years old, and he's no Kobe. Thornton was the second senior to go in the draft. That bodes well for the usually young Clippers, and they were probably lucky to get him with the 14th pick.
In the second round the Lakers added China's Sun Yue (40th overall) and Spain's Marc Gasol (48th overall) -- Pau Gasol's brother has to be good, right? -- while the Clips got Jared Jordon from Marist at 45th.
Both teams were quiet on the trade front, which means Kobe and Andrew Bynum will have some more time to bond. For now.
photo by psychofish via flickr