I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t remember the last time an NBA Draft brought me cheers and tears. If I could describe last night’s first round in one word it would be: Emotional.
Emotional for the NBA Events guests in attendance, and emotional for the players who joined the NBA family. It had everything any basketball fan could ask for: a talented crop of prospects, some drama, lots of smiles, and some tears. In other words, it was perfect.
So without further ado here’s your round-up of the first round picks and a look behind-the-scenes at the 2014 NBA Draft Experience through NBA Events!
Chalk Talk Draft Analysis
Guests who selected Luxury Suite Packages had a unique opportunity to experience a Chalk Talk Draft Day Analysis with Chris Ekstrand, NBA! Ekstrand lead the commentary to gear guests up for the Draft, leaving them feeling more knowledgeable and excited for the 2014 NBA Draft!
NBA Draft Floor Tour
The 2014 NBA Draft Stage is reserved for the NBA Commissioner and draftees, right? Well, our NBA Events’ guests got the once in a lifetime chance to take pictures and tour this exclusive set!
Guests got up close and personal to the stage, and even right where the Draft commentators, Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons, Rece Davis, and Jay Bilas would be announcing during the night’s event. They walked by the tables where the prospects would be waiting to hear their names called and took in the Draft experience from the future players’ perspectives. It was magical!
NBA Events’ guests didn’t just wait for the Draft to kick off, instead they were taken to an exclusive VIP Hospitality Party Venue filled with heavy hors d’oeuvres and enjoyed the bar or complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks.
Then the real fun started as Brooklyn Nets’ Mason Plumlee met with guests for photos and autographs! Plumlee, who was drafted in the first round last year, chatted with guests while signing balls and pictures.
2014 NBA Draft
Then it was time! Future players filled their seats and our guests took theirs. Then the clock started for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the rest is history!
The first time the Draft really deviated from what NBA pundits predicted, was the selection of Aaron Gordon at #4. However most of the top 10 followed what many had expected with players like Nik Stauskas and Elfrid Payton going slightly higher than anticipated, but not out of the realm of where they were originally projected to land.
First Round Trades
At the 10th pick of Payton is where the real fun started, as the trades came fast and furious. Payton was traded to the Magic for Dario Saric (12th pick) and a future 1st round pick as well as the 2015 2nd round pick.
Denver swapped 11th overall pick Doug McDermott for 16th pick Jusuf Nurkic and 19th pick Garry Harris from the Chicago Bulls.
The Hornets selected Shabazz Napier at #20 and traded with the Heat for P.J. Hairston, #55 Semaj Christon, a 2nd round pick in 2019 and cash considerations.
2014 NBA Draft’s Best Pick
We’re not talking about who got the best value, or made the most of the trade. Instead, at the 2014 NBA Draft, the NBA made the best pick of all teams. Between the 15th and 16th pick, NBA Commissioner announced:
“With the next pick in the 2014 NBA Draft the NBA selects Isaiah Austin out of Baylor University.”
Austin would’ve been drafted last night, quite possibly in the first round, however, after being recently diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, the Center withdrew. See the moment here:
Where Amazing Happens
It was an incredible night for everyone in attendance. Fans, NBA Events’ guests and players alike were treated to, what will go down as, one of the best NBA Drafts to date.
For fans and players it was an opportunity to see new stars join the NBA, and for prospective players to meet their new teams and future homes. For NBA Events’ guests it was all that and a little more, with exclusive extras, insider access and VIP treatment.
Want to be at the 2015 NBA Draft to experience these thrills for yourself? Be the first to find out where the Draft will be held and learn about package releases. See you next year!