The NBA Draft is six weeks from today. A lot can change between now and then, particularly since the lottery order hasn't even been decided. But that doesn't mean media and fans can't (or won't) speculate about what will happen June 23. We can't help it, it's in our nature.
Which is what we did Monday, writing that ESPN's Chad Ford had Kemba Walker going fifth overall to the Sacramento Kings.
Thanks to UConnReport.com, we now have even more sites weighing in on where Kemba will land on draft night:
* www.DraftExpress.com: #4 overall to the Washington Wizards
* www.HoopsWorld.com: #4 overall to the Washington Wizards
* www.rotoworld.com: #3 overall to the Toronto Raptors
* www.NBADraft.net: #9 overall to the Charlotte Bobcats
UConnReport.com notes that NBADraft.net that "has been a good source in the past but … they are the only site that doesn’t have Walker in the top 5, and still have Kentucky’s Terrance Jones on their list."
Ultimately, we'll need to know the draft lottery order, but in looking at the type of players the Raptors and Wizards might be interested in, Chad Ford notes that Toronto president Bryan Colangelo "has a thing for international players," of which Kemba is not. Something else Kemba isn't: 6-10, 255 pounds, which are the measurables for Turkish teenager Enes Kanter, who Ford thinks could be the inside presence Toronto currently lacks.
As for the Wizards, it's worth remembering that they won the draft lottery a year ago and drafted John Wall, an all-everything, game-changing guard. Ford rightly points out that the last thing Washington needs is another shooting guard. He suggests Wall could use "an athletic forward to run the floor with him" and settles on 6-11, 240-pound, 21-year-old Jan Vesely of the Czech Republic.
During a recent appearance on Scott Van Pelt's radio show, Ford said that Walker will "for sure" be a top-10 pick this year, adding that in deeper draft classes in other years, Walker might be destined for the end of the first round, a late lottery selection at best. For now, though, we'll just have to wait.
In more concrete draft-related news, the NBA officially announced the 54 players to be in Chicago next week for the pre-draft combine and Walker will be there. Players will undergo full medical examinations, and interview with specific teams, but have the option of participating in drills. In recent years, much like their NFL combine brethren. players projected to go high often sit out the drills.
In terms of actual basketball, it's not much, but it's all we have. Plus, as it relates to UConn, Walker's future is good news. No one got arrested or transferred, and the NCAA isn't threatening sanctions. So we'll take it.