Fresh off the success of All-Star Game Weekend, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said on Sunday that the player draft next year will likely be televised.
Speaking with ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne from Staples Center in Los Angeles, Silver said:
“When we sat with the union and we came up with this format, we all agreed, let’s not turn something that’s 100 percent positive into a potential negative to any player. But then … maybe we’re overly conservative, because then we came out of there, and the players were, ‘We can take it. We’re All-Stars. Let’s have a draft.’ So it sounds like we’re going to have a televised draft next year.”
Under the new format, implemented this year, fans voted for the five starters from each conference, as they had in the past. But from there, the top vote getter from each conference (LeBron James and Steph Curry this season) drafted teams from a pool of the other starters and the reserves selected by NBA head coaches.
But the draft itself was not televised, which led to speculation as to which players were drafted first and which were drafted last.
All-Star DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors was much more up-front with his opinion about showing the draft:
“Televise it,” he said. “Give the people what they want to see. I think everybody wants to see it. At the end of the day, every single person that gets picked, you are an All-Star, so it doesn’t matter where you really go, so I think televise it.”
According to ESPN, James did reveal the order of the starters he selected: Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, former Cleveland teammate Kyrie Irving and DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins missed the game because of a season-ending Achilles injury.
James was named MVP of the game Sunday night after his team topped Curry’s team 148-145. He scored the game-winning bucket with less than 35 seconds left in the game.
–Field Level Media