Don't Reach For A Big Man:
It happens every year, it'll happen this year; teams will reach for a player who is six foot ten or taller over a guard who has more talent. It's cliche, but they should always take the most talented player available. You can always make a trade later or even go with a smaller lineup which has become more common, but reaching for a need is always a bad idea. Take a look back at the drafts between 2000 and 2003 at all the busts from players drafted in the top 10 for their height and not for their skill.
2nd overall - Stromile Swift (Averaged 8 pts/4 reb)
4th overall - Marcus Fizer (0 All-Star)
7th overall - Chris Mihm (0 All-Star)
9th overall - Joel Przybilla (0 All-Star)
1st overall - Kwame Brown (Avg 6 pts/5 reb)
4th overall - Eddy Curry (0 All-Star)
7th overall - Eddie Griffin (0 All-Star)
8th overall - DeSagana Diop (0 All-Star)
5th overall - Nikoloz Tskititishvili (0 All-Star)
2nd overall - Darko Milicic (0 All-Star)
9th overall - Michael Sweetney (0 All-Star)
This Day In Sports History:
June 27th, 1988. Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson knocks out challenger Michael Spinks 91 seconds into the first round. Tyson won his first 19 professional fights by knockout, 15 of those coming in the first round.
At the time Michael Spinks was considered the only boxer with a chance against Tyson. Spinks won Olympic gold in 1976 as a middleweight, won the light heavyweight championship in 1981 and later became the undisputed light heavyweight champ in 1983.
A left hook to the jaw dropped Spinks to his knees the first time. Spinks got up, but was knocked unconscious by another left hook, followed by a right hand that landed Spinks flat on his back. Spinks never boxed professionally again.