If you’ve been reading this site for awhile you know of my amazement with the number of people ESPN sends to each Draft/Finals/Championship. Well the NBA Draft next Thursday will be no different. The grand total this year…..14! That’s right…fourteen different people to tell you that Durant has upside and that he’s very long. Here are your players….

Mike Tirico will host with Jay Bilas, Mark Jackson, Stephen A. Smith (Cheese Doodlez!!!) as anaylsts. Additionally the Leader will have Fran Fraschilla, Dick Vitale, Stuart Scott, Lisa Salters, Ric Bucher, Andy Katz.

But wait, you said 14….that’s only 10. Oh I forgot the field reporters…Rachel Nichols in Charlotte (why Charlotte?), Sal Paolantonio in Philadelphia (does he ever leave that city), and Jim Gray in LA (that rhymed).

So that’s your fourt……oh crap…..I forgot Radio and ESPN News coverage….

ESPN Radio has….Marc Kestecher, Will Perdue, Steve Lavin, and Doug Gottlieb on the call with writer Ric Bucher serving as on-site reporter. ESPNEWS will add Kiki Vandeweghe as their analyst to go with a host or two that haven’t been named.

So there’s over 20….count em….20!!! Different people on-hand Thursday night. (All info from ESPN’S NBA Draft Press Release)


And do you know what else is happening before and on Draft night??? Our 2nd Super Duper Blogger Mock Draft!!!!!!!! The NFL one was a rip roarin’ good time, and I’ve decided to bring it back. This time with a different twist.

There are 26 Different teams drafting this Thursday night and first come first serve will be assigned to draft for that entire team’s set of picks. If you get Portland you get 6 picks….if you get Washington you get 2.

The teams will be handed out in stages with the first teams awarded to those who say who they want in the comments today. If 26 people/sites step up and comment right away….we’re closed for business. If 26 don’t sign up in the comments I’ll start emailing people. This is going to fill-up quick so I urge you to just leave a comment with the team you want (one that hasn’t already been selected), and a link to your website.

Couple of conditions….1) You have to actually like the NBA and take this seriously. 2) You have to know something about some of the draftees and the teams picking them. 3) You have to actually have a blog/website/forum/etc. to participate. Here are the teams…..good luck on getting your favorite, and let’s have some fun! (I’ll update who’s been taken throughout the day.)

Atlanta- Nyjer Please
Boston- OMDQ
Charlotte- Sports Show on Mute
Chicago- Critical Fanatic
Dallas- The Pig Pen
Detroit- Hermano from We Suck at Sports
Golden State- Jason from Ballhype
Houston- Musings of G-Money
LA Clippers- Signal To Noise
LA Lakers- Classic Cola for the Soul
Memphis- Mile High Ramblings
Milwaukee- Cake Rocks The Party
Minnesota- Blog of Hilarity
New Jersey
New Orleans- Digital Headbutt
New York- Mookie from Shoot Your Hopes and Dreams
Orlando- Larry Brown Sports
Philadelphia- J-Beanie Sports
Phoenix- Flyers Fieldhouse
Sacramento- Lunatic Fringe
San Antonio- Why Don’t We Get Drunk and Blog
Seattle- SS Reporters
Utah- Bad Choice Milk
Washington- Larry Burns

Everything will culminate with one giant live-blog of the Draft next Thursday! Good times.

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