NBA Draft
BROOKLYN, NY – JULY 29: ESPN Analysts, Bobby Marks and Adrian Wojnarowski talk during the 2021 NBA Draft on July 29, 2021, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Lauren Bacho/NBAE via Getty Images)

You Would Think The Presentation Of The NBA Draft Would Be Less Awkward

When it comes to the NBA Draft, last night’s could go down as one of the best ever. The broadcast and production of the event, however, were not as good. From the beginning of the draft, you could tell that the hosts knew just as much as the people sitting at home. The sense of not knowing what the hell was going on was frustrating, and I was reminded that I had felt similarly in previous years.

It Just Keeps Getting Worse

All of this consternation started around the time Woj and Shams began tweeting each pick out before they were announced. The NBA got mad at them about this and forced them to make a change. They still tweet out the picks, but instead of saying that a team is picking a player, they use phrases like “is targeting” or “is on the top of their draft board”. It is so stupid.

Via @wojespn on Twitter

If whichever method you use to follow the draft is not up to date with trades, you have to look on Twitter, and doing so often spoils the draft picks themselves. I had to turn my tweet notifications off for Woj and Shams but still knew every pick beforehand, and it is simply not possible to sit back and watch the draft show – they just are not informative enough.

ESPN Needs to be Better with Trades

Every single time a trade went down last night, and that was a few times, it took the hosts a few minutes before they found out and told the audience. The players even put on the hat of the team that just traded them when they go up to shake the hand of the commissioner. I know this is because the trades are not finalized, but the NBA and ESPN need to be more thorough to make up for this.

As a Knicks fan, I did not want to look at my phone because I did not want our picks spoiled. However, this ended up backfiring because I had no idea we traded our picks, and it took me a few minutes to realize that we had not actually selected Kai Jones and Keon Johnson. The second these trades go down, the broadcast needs to have Woj telling us on TV instead of tweeting it out. I get he has to beat Shams to everything, but it has gotten to a point where it is killing the broadcast. There were some positives to take away from last night, however.

Kendrick Perkins is Hilarious

When Kendrick Perkins started as an NBA analyst on ESPN, I despised him. I thought he knew nothing about the game and did not bring anything to the table entertainment-wise. Then ESPN locked him up and I thought they were crazy. Boy, I was mistaken. He kind of has a little Charles Barkley in him with a little Shaq (not to say he is as good as those legends) and makes good points. ESPN needs more of these guys in order to make people actually want to watch panel shows like the draft.

Hopefully, the league understands that the current iteration of the draft is not good enough. I am not sure how exactly they could go about making it better, but that is not my responsibility. The onus is on ESPN and the NBA to make changes that push the draft in the right direction.

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