NBA Draft: Is Perception Really Reality?
For all National Basketball Association fans you just rode an incredible high with multiple contending playoffs series and an intriguing Final. Just when you were riding that wave, here comes the NBA Draft. For the average diehard fan from Atlanta that just figured out who Pape Sy is, this was a down year due to the perceived lack of star power within the players that were drafted. Out of the 60 players drafted, 14 were foreign born. Despite this perception, ratings were the highest it has seen since 2007, making the TV viewing a success. With all the grades that the “experts” hand out to teams, you truly cannot issue a grade until three or four years later,however another trend has proven successful that many have missed.
For several years now the NBA has sought to grow the game globally. In 2009 they launched over 345 international events dedicated to tap the potential of the foreign fan. Also, if you look at the NBA.com website there are 31 different regions worldwide that one can find a network in which to view a game or event. This need combined with the one and done player in America has dictated that the foreign player become a commodity in the present day NBA. Now in all reality the percentage of foreign players in this draft was only 23 percent but to the fan in Southwest Atlanta that could not begin to tell you who Enes Kanter is or have any idea what position Bismack Biyombo plays, this draft was “garbage”. But for Commissioner David Stern and the NBA the game is growing…. AS PLANNED.
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