Mar 13, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Andrew Wiggins (22) laughs while on the foul line during the second half against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the second round of the Big 12 Conference college basketball tournament at Sprint Center. Kansas won 77-70 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft: Is It As Good As Advertised?


The 2014 NBA Draft has been highly regarded as one of the best draft classes in a long time. With guys like Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, and Julius Randle, it is hard not to get excited about what the future can hold for them. However, are these young guys going to be able to live up to the hype?

Since before the season even began, these young guys have gotten a lot of attention. I, along with many other NBA fans, have bought into the hype that is surrounding them. Wiggins, before ever stepping foot on a college basketball court, was being compared as the next LeBron James. Jabari and Embiid have been mentioned as franchise changing players. It is really hard to not buy into all the talk that has surrounded them.

Yesterday, I was cruising around on the web looking for some draft information. I suddenly came across a video that was posted last month, yet I had not seen it until now. That video led to another video, and it got me thinking. Are we putting too much hype into how good these kids can be? Do we really know that they are going to be stars? Before making your opinion, check out this video below.

Some of what this guy says makes a little bit of sense. There is a lot of questions among guys that spend only one year in college. However, I don’t agree with quite a few of his viewpoints. For starters, it doesn’t matter where a player comes from. Just because a player isn’t from America, doesn’t mean he can’t be a great player. Look at guys like Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash, neither who are from America, but are a couple of the greatest players in the game.

One point that he was right on was that Kevin Durant went one season and done in college and has not won an NBA Championship. However, Durant is one of, if not the, best player in the game next to LeBron James. Greg Oden went one season and done and has never won an NBA Championship, or played an entire season.

The point is, it really is impossible to know exactly what the future might hold for a young guy looking to come into the NBA. There are question marks that surround every single one of them. I still think that the four guys that I mentioned at the start of the article have a very bright future. Throw in Dante Exum to that mix as well. What is your opinion on the draft class? Let me know in the comments below!

Is the 2014 NBA Draft class as good as advertised?

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  • Steven Jaynes

    I never quite bought into the hype, don’t get me wrong I think there is a
    lot of talent in this years draft – certainly should be much better
    than last year which I think has been a huge disappointment – i’m sorry
    if MCW is up there for rookie of the year and few others had a sniff at
    it then this has been a really bad year, yes his numbers have been high,
    but look behind the numbers and actually see the percentages and the
    turnovers that is not rookie of the year material on any other year.

    As
    for this years draft class I did a lot of reading early on as the hype
    was building and so many of the players that were getting hyped up had
    to follow through on so many skill developments to live up to the hype.
    its not the players fault that they we haven’t lived up to the hype,
    there was so many ifs, buts, and maybes involved in them actually living
    up to the hype. Unfortunately in sport we always want to look ahead and
    jump on to the next big thing. The likes of Wiggins with his
    athleticism was always going to outshine high school players, but
    playing against that level of talent is one thing, playing against a
    higher calibre of player in college with players who may be less
    athletic and gifted then he is but are hungry to get that win, to get
    that life changing contract was always going to be different than
    playing against school age players. He seems to have the talent but but
    he does seem to miss that ingrediant that less talented players have.
    Spot is littered with players who were talented but didn’t live up to
    the talents that came so easy, sport is also full of players who made
    big despite their supposed lack of talent. Lebron has the talent and the
    work ethic and the hunger, Wiggins had to prove he had all that before
    he had greatness thrust upon him. Wiggins will be a good player, of
    that there is no doubt, but I also think he is the one of this years
    draft that should have went back to college for one more year to learn
    how to be a player that can put a team on his back, he should have that
    capability but he doesn’t yet have that desire, without it is he going
    to live up to his talent level?

    Forgetting Wiggins for a second. I
    tend not to take too much notice to some of the hype of each draft for a
    reason. Every year people get excited by the performances of certain
    types of players, the tweener who seems to do amazingly well in college
    and everything looks good for their basketball career, they get drafted
    high based on their dominance in college (think Derrick Williams) and
    then they don’t achieve what everyone thought they would. But in college
    they are playing against players thats aren’t as strong or as big as
    they are, but in the NBA the players are bigger, stronger, more
    dominant, they don’t have that advantage anymore, and they don’t quite
    have the tactical nuance to contend with players in other positions have
    learned their craft for a few more years.

    As for international
    stars, its ignorant and arrogant to think the talent level of players
    from overseas won’t be as good as Americans. Sport is international,
    talent is universal, the support system might not be as good elsewhere,
    but when people are talented at something and that same person has to
    fight against people offering them other sporting options there is
    usually a huge desire to be the best that they can be, which can trump
    someone who has had all the opportunities thrust upon them. There is
    often and extra hunger and desire to be the best, when they have had to
    fight their way through adversity. Probably a lot of people in Germany
    didn’t know why Dirk wanted to be a basketball player. He did. Ok, there
    aren’t many people in Germany Or Australia playing basketball, and few will reach his
    talent level, but their are few Dirks anywhere.

    I like this
    draft, I am excited for the Jazz, if Lindsey and his team are smart they
    should get some good opportunities to improve the squad greatly from
    this draft, but i’m not crowning any franchise changers until the
    players get to the NBA and prove themselves against men. There are
    always players lower down in the picking order who seem to have better
    NBA careers than some of the players picked in the lottery.

  • Bobby Postma

    Best example I can think of us Derrick rose. One and done and now his career is hanging by a thread. I wouldn’t be opposed to them changing the rule that they have to go through a couple years first, like the NFL does