2021 NBA Draft
7pm CT on ESPN
You would be forgiven for not realizing, given the state of the program in the Bryce Drew and early Stackhouse eras, that it’s been a few years since we’ve had no real reason as Vanderbilt basketball fans to watch the NBA Draft.
Last year, we watched Aaron Nesmith get taken pick #14 by the Boston Celtics. The year before, Darius Garland was taken pick #5 by the Cleveland Cavaliers (and Simi Shittu was not—Shittu not—though he did play for the Chicago Bulls G-League affiliate “The Windy City Bulls”).
In fact, 2018 was the last year no Vanderbilt players were taken, though a Vanderbilt was still chosen (Kentucky’s Jarred Vanderbilt at pick #41 to Orlando), so I’m counting it.
None were chosen in 2017 (either in college affiliation or last name), but it was quite obvious to us then that every NBA team made a mistake in not taking Luke Kornet, and our collective opinions have been backed up, as he’s played for the Knicks, Bulls, and Celtics since then.
We had two first rounders in 2016: Wade Baldwin IV at pick 17 to Memphis and Damian Jones at pick 30 to Golden State. Kevin Stallings threatened to kill one of them.
This year, however, there’s no one. Scotty Pippen, Jr. made damn well sure of that when he withdrew his name from the draft earlier this summer.
Still, just like in 2016, the draft will happen. Just like then, I assume you will watch it. Let’s watch it here and make wry comments and jokes about the Knoxville Chuggers and/or BEN SIMMONS being traded (probably).
See you in the comments.