Almost there. We are finally almost there. Just two days left without NBA basketball and before what should be a terrific Finals finally tips off. For now make sure to check out the links to stuff you may have missed yesterday.
Celebratory Shoes? The NBA will be releasing a limited edition shoe to celebrate their 68th anniversary and they look awesome. If anyone wants to buy me a pair that would be really cool.
Is the 1st Overall Pick Really an Advantage? Hoopsanalyst took a look at just that question, breaking down every draft since 1984 into top pick and best player. A really good read.
In 30 years of the lottery system, the best player in the draft is the top pick 11 times (though, again, some of those choices are subjective). Viewing this another way, the top pick has been a likely future Hall of Famer nine times (with Blake Griffin and Anthony Davis looking like good shots in the future to get there). So, the top pick is a serious advantage but this is not a slam dunk turnaround for a franchise. On the other hand, tons of All-Stars and Hall of Famers have been found outside the top pick. In fact, the best player/likely Hall of Famers are more often found after the first pick
Pelicans Get Bigger: Over at Pelicans.com Jim Eichenhofer has a great piece on the Pelicans offseason workouts and player development. It includes a couple of cool inside the weight room videos.
Pierre Jackson News: Finally, Pierre Jackson is working out with the Pelicans at the moment and will officially play for them this summer. This is a situation that bears watching as he seems to be their best hope to trade into the draft and also doesn’t really seem to have a fit on the current roster.