Why Inevitable Wheeling and Dealing Makes Mock Drafts a Total Waste

June 26th, 2012 by Ben Leibowitz Leave a reply »
Why do we do it?

Every year draft experts, NBA writers and even casual fans put together their NBA mock drafts—but why?

As we’ve already seen from today’s trade that sent Chase Budinger from the Houston Rockets in exchange for the No. 18 pick in this year’s draft, mock drafts can change drastically in the blink of an eye.

The Budinger deal is sure to be the first of many this year. We’re only getting started.

Which is why the inevitable wheeling and dealing leading up to the draft, during the draft and even after the draft make mock drafts, well...pointless.

For everyone who meticulously, carefully and painstakingly put together an NBA mock draft with Minnesota drafting at No. 18 (myself included on more than one occasion), those mocks are now irrelevant because that team no longer holds the selection.

The Houston Rockets right now are plotting to trade for Dwight Howard on the one-year rental plan, hoping they can convince the NBA’s best center to return after next season.

Consequently, I can almost guarantee that although the Rockets have picks No. 14, No. 16 and ...

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