The NBA Draft is very close. We're closing in on the end of our Big Board (we're stopping at 15). There's nothing I know about Kentavious Caldwell-Pope that I haven't inferred from his terrific name or read about on DX, so I have nothing of value to contribute to his scouting report.
To keep ourselves from falling into a rut and limping into the end of this Big Board, I'll leave the draft prospect talk to you people and fill white space with a story instead. And for some of you, it's one you've read before. Maybe this is pure laziness or maybe this is a reminder to myself that Evan Turner wasn't always Ugh, Evan Turner. It's part of the story of a boy meeting
a girl a taller boy at NBA Media Day, 2010.
I headed for the elevator when a 6'7 well-dressed black man with glasses walked in front of me. Jelly-legged, I changed my pants for the first time -- and that was when the bullet points started.
This was my only case of the "Oh My God's" I got all day. The first guy I happen to see is the guy the Sixers will, in all likelihood, select with the 2nd overall pick. No easing me in with Ed Davis or anything? Okay, God, we'll play it your way. I took a breath, summoned my inner Joan Rivers, and tried to confidently say the following:
"Hey Evan, I'm Mike from the Sixers blog Liberty Ballers, how's it going?"
He looked down at me (6'7 to 5'11) and extended his hand for the one of the coziest handshakes I've ever been apart of. Big hands, but a soft touch. Evan was unconsciously friendly over the course of our 3-floor elevator ride. If we were on Grey's Anatomy, I probably would have made out with him, but we weren't, so we discussed his expectations as a Sixer as well as the Dalembert trade. I don't remember every word because I was blacking out like Frank Ricard, but he did specifically say he's excited to play with Andres Nocioni because of how (*gulp*) tough he is. I agreed with him because who the hell am I to disagree with Evan Turner?
We walked off the elevator together into the lobby in front of the sea of media members awaiting the prospects' arrival. Everyone turned to look at Turner and me. I can only assume they thought I was his bodyguard or part of his posse. I wished him luck, shook his hand again (just as good as the first time), and told him I'd see him in there. He flashed his infectious smile, said "Nice meeting you," and walked away, having already stolen my heart.
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1. Nerlens Noel (47%)
2. Ben McLemore (49%)
3. Otto Porter (42%)
4. Victor Oladipo (59%)
5. Anthony Bennett (48%)
6. Trey Burke (46%)
7. Alex Len (45%)
8. C.J. McCollum (38%)
11. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (31%)