NBA Draft: Back for the Ending

By David Scott - June 29, 2007

What did I tell you about the blogging prowess of my man, Bryan Graham? You didn't even know I was gone, did you?

And yes, BG, I was smiling when the Jared Jordan/Stephane Lasme picks were made back to back.

So, there you have it folks. Sixty picks, four and a half hours and the very real possibility that the Boston Celtics not only will never win another Banner (No. 17), but that they will be required to start returning some of the previous 16.

. . . Good to see our guy Herbert Hill (Providence) get taken at No. 55 by the Jazz. We latched onto Hill for the Pre-Draft camp and he was nothing but a gentleman throughout. It's probably a long shot to think that Hill will stick with Utah, but at the very least he is going to have a nice career overseas.

. . . Some other second round observations now that we've had a chance to digest a bit: The Celtics actually had a decent second round by nabbing Gabe Pruitt from USC and the slimmed-down Big Baby, Glen Davis from LSU. The Davis sprained ankle which he suffered at the Sixers workout on Wednesday shouldn't be a concern and he'll have a good chance at sticking with the C's who are going to need some rebounders to retrieve all thoss missed shots from Pouter Paul Pierce and Jesus Allen.

Derrick Byars from Vandy winds up with Philly and the Sixers wind up with a potential sleeper in the SEC Player of the Year. Byars is a guy who really could have helped himself with a Pre-Draft performance of note, but he was not at the camp.

Syracuse's Demetris Nichols was a nice get for Portland at No. 53. He is another guy who helped himself tremendously with a strong Orlando.

Lastly, the No. 59 pick of DJ Strawberry out of Maryland by Phoenix could prove to be the best second round nab of all. Starwberry has that intangible quality that comes with being the son of a professional athlete. The remaining WaMu denizens gave the obligatory "Dar-Ryl, Dar-Ryl" chants, but DJ could very well be the one chanting loudest in the end.

. . . That should do it for us for the evening. Hope you all had as much fun following along as we did providing whatever it was we provided all night long. Mark your calendars for mid-July when we return to the live-blogging duties for the Pan-Am Game trials outside of Philly. About 30 of the nation's best college players will be vying for a spot on the squad that will compete in the Games in Rio De Janeiro.

Until then, enjoy the July 4 holiday and start getting psyched for another college hoops season.

Posted by David Scott at 12:36 AM on June 29, 2007

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