The Sound of FreeDrafto Backfiring
Try as I may, I just can't get all that inflamed about the Draft. As luck would have it, today on McSweeney's I lay out a calm, even-handed portrayal of why this is the case, and why it's most likely a good thing. By all means, read this one—no less an authority than DLIC worried that it sounds like it was written for a sports magazine.
Along the way, you'll catch me referencing some of FreeDarko's most prized acronyms: MONGA, MONJO, MONDN, and the newly-unveiled MONDW (Myth of Next Dwyane Wade). This newest addition might be the most specious yet, as well as one tailor-made for this year's affectless bunch. It goes like you'd think it would: draft a respectable college combo guard who can do some of everything and has a proven track record of leadership and voila, watch him blossom into an unstoppable franchise player. This differs from the MONGA in that the guard can't be too unheralded or erratic; basically, this means someone who would've gone top ten might end up top five. If Roy, Foye, or by accident Ray suddenly find themselves several million dollars richer than they'd expected, they can thank THE GREATEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD for pumping up their stock.
If, as the Recluse put it, many of us are still confused by Wade's emergence, then MONDW turns this into a 2006-appropriate strategy. NBA Draft 2006: pray to have expectations exceeded.
UPDATE: I had no idea that Chad Ford had already written a column with the slightly-misleading title of "Looking for the Next Dwyane Wade." He's mostly just talking about finding a dominant guard, but I'm seventy-eight percent positive that what I've outlined above lurks in his unconscious, even if its not the obvious subtext of the piece.