Welcome to the 2012 Casual NBA Draft Live Blog Spectacular A Go-Go! We here at THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON will be here throughout BOTH ROUNDS of the Draft as we, along with the rest of the world, await the NBA fates of Henry Sims and Hollis Thompson. Throughout the evening we will be visited by insiders, outsiders, upsiders and downsiders who will chime in to give their casual opinions on all things NBA Draft - from the players to the teams to the always intriguing Draft night fashions! So join us for what is destined to be an epic evening of endless NBA Draft fun and games (and spectacular Kate Upton gifs), right here on America's Most Read Georgetown Hoyas Website.
Hoyas Draft Primer after La Jumpa:
In case you missed it from earlier (and lord knows you have because you were focused on irrelevant health care nonsense), here is a draft primer which offers some clues as to when we can expect to hear Henry Sims and Hollis Thompson called tonight:
Henry Sims. Henry seems like the more likely pick than Hollis: teams often are willing to invest second-round picks on developing big men, even instead of proven shooters. That Sims is skilled only adds to his marketability. Of course, some scouts cast a skeptical eye on Sims' unproductive first three years. While he will have to demonstrate his commitment to the game while continuing to develop strength to rebound and defend at an NBA level, his size, intelligent play, and versatile skills should land him a spot in the draft.
Workouts. Casual investigation has revealed reports that Sims has worked out for teams holding half the picks in the second round, including Washington (pick 32); Cleveland (33 and 34); Golden State (35 and 52); Sacramento (36); Toronto (37 and 56); Portland (40 and 41); Philadelphia (45 and 54); New Orleans (46) the L.A. Clippers (53); and San Antonio (59). Other reports, rumors, tweets, and stalking suggest that big Hank also may have shown off his skills for Houston, which lacks a second-round pick, and Detroit (39 and 44). Finally, Sims went through drills and other workouts at the combine in Chicago, where the remaining teams got a peek at him.
Mock drafts. ESPN's draft guru Chad Ford referred to his second-round mock draft as "the blind leading the blind." The following mock drafts back up that assessment, with Sims going: 32nd, to Washington; 38th, to Denver; 43rd, to Atlanta; 47th, to Utah; 49th, to Orlando; 53rd, to the Clippers; 57th, to Brooklyn; and undrafted.
NBA Comp (Sartorial Edition). It's unlikely that a second-round pick like Sims actually will end up on the stage (if and) after his name is called, though it would be awesome if he showed up despite not being invited to the green room. But that doesn't mean we can't imagine what threads #regularman would don, should he get a hug from Silver. After much deliberation and little actual reasoning, I figure it's a lock that Henry would go with the Eric Gordon maître d' look.
Hollis Thompson. Players often can sneak their way into the second round with one marketable skill, which Hollis, with his dead-eye shooting, has. To get picked Thursday night, Thompson probably will need to have convinced at least one squad that he also can handle the ball or crash the boards passably well.
- Workouts. The same hard-hitting journalistic standards that brought you Henry's workout list also produced the following workouts for Hollis: Washington (32); Toronto (37 and 56); Atlanta (43); Philadelphia (45 and 54); New York (48); and Indiana and (possibly) Oklahoma City, both of which have only a first-round pick apiece (26 and 28, respectively). Like Sims, Thompson also showed his wares at the Chicago combine.
- Mock drafts. Chad Ford evaluated Thompson, and predicted that Hollywood would "get serious consideration in the second round -- and maybe even late in the first." The mock drafts back up the first part of that assessment, with Thompson headed: 39th, to Detroit (and here), 44th, to Detroit (andhere), 49th, to Orlando, 54th, to Philadelphia, 56th, to Toronto; and undrafted.
- NBA Comp (Sartorial Edition). Like Sims, Thompson probably won't be on the stage Thursday night. But if he were to be up there, he seems like the type, rivalry aside, to follow in Wesley Johnson's footsteps by dressing like Judge Smails christening his yacht. Hopefully Hollis will have a better pro career.
The New Orleans Motherfucking Hornets are on the clock. Let's do this!