The NBA Draft Experience

The 2015 NBA Draft is now past us and as usual there was a surplus of trades, a few players who were drafted way before they were expected to and a few guys who dropped as well. The majority of fans that were in attendance were New York Knicks fans and when the Los Angeles Lakers selected D’Angelo Russell with the second pick in the Draft a buzz started to spread around Barclays Center and Knicks fans were hopeful that Duke center Jahlil Okafor would fall to the Knicks who had the fourth pick in the Draft.

The Philadelphia 76ers shockingly selected Okafor with the third pick, stunning all Knicks fans in attendance and when the Knicks selected Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth pick in the Draft the boo’s started to spread around Barclays Center. Fire Phil chants were heard from the upper level and the majority of Knicks fans in attendance angrily headed for the exits. The Knicks later on in the night made a move that received a much better reaction from the fans as they traded Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Atlanta Hawks for the rights to Hawks draft pick Jerian Grant. Grant played his college Basketball at Notre Dame and he’s a point guard who the Knicks are hoping can have an immediate impact.

While the Knicks did all of their work early in the night, the Brooklyn Nets had to wait approximately three hours for their first round pick, which was at the 29th selection. The Nets selected a hometown kid Chris McCullough who was born and raised in the Bronx and the reaction from Nets fans was far different than the Knicks fans after the pick was made. Nets fans erupted into loud cheers and a group of Nets fans known as the Brooklyn Brigade conveniently enough were right behind McCullough and chanted his name as he walked up to shake commissioner Adam Silver’s hand.

After drafting McCullough, the Nets weren’t finished, they selected Pat Connaughton with the 41st pick, but not too long after that, they announced a trade.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was selected 23rd overall in the Draft and he is called by many scouts the best defensive player in the draft. Hollis-Jefferson was ecstatic when he heard the news that he was traded to Brooklyn and he had a message for the Nets and their fans.

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Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

“Look out Brooklyn, here I come, you can’t hide, you can’t run, I’m coming Brooklyn.”

At times the NBA Draft can get quite boring, considering the event lasts more than 5 hours, so you have to find things to do when your team isn’t on the clock. Current Net Cory Jefferson was in the building and he was hanging out outside of section 29 and he was taking pictures and talking with fans.

The Draft overall was a lot of fun, seeing a lot of the players dreams come true and seeing them enjoy the moment with friends and family was great. The NBA season is still far away, but now the true basketball fanatics have the Summer League to look forward too.


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