NBA Draft: Getting Inside The Green Room

By - June 26, 2007

"There's an expression surfers use for the curl of a perfect wave. It's called 'the green room,' and getting inside it is the peak of the ride."

Brandon Walsh might not have been writing about basketball in his editorial on being a new student at West Beverly Hills High but his words still ring true as the NBA Draft looms: There's no question that the 14 collegians and one international player the league has invited to the green room Thursday night are approaching the peak of their lifelong experience playing basketball -- since an invitation all but confirms a first-round selection.

Corey Brewer, Mike Conley, Jr., Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, Spencer Hawes, Al Horford, Yi Jianlian, Acie Law IV, Joakim Noah, Greg Oden, Rodney Stuckey, Al Thornton, Brandan Wright, Julian Wright and Nick Young have been invited to the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden to watch the draft. Sure, anything could happen up until 7:30 p.m. Thursday and no team is obligated to pick anyone formally. But it's true that the NBA, hoping to avoid potential embarrassments like the Brady Quinn incident, tends to limit these invites to players who have solid promises from teams to be selected before the twenties.

That bodes well for Stuckey, the Eastern Washington slasher who has soared up the draft board in recent weeks and has a reported deal in place with Detroit with the No. 15 pick.

In fact, there's a very good chance that each of the invited players will occupy one of the first 15 picks. That's how my mock draft goes, anyway, which I'll be posting Wednesday afternoon.

Posted by at 10:57 AM on June 26, 2007

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