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!