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NBA Draft 2017: ESPN rides Lonzo, LaVar Ball to big TV ratings

ESPN should thank Lonzo Ball and his motor-mouthed dad, LaVar. ESPN rode the boisterous Big Baller clan to a double-digit TV ratings increase for its coverage of the 2017 NBA Draft.

Overnight ratings for ESPN’s Thursday night telecast rose 13 percent Cheap Jerseys America to a 2.7 from a 2.4 last year. That’s impressive considering almost all the picks were correctly forecasted by ESPN’s own reporters as well as Adrian Wojnarowski and the rest of The Vertical team on Yahoo’s streaming telecast.

Remember the days when winning the rights to the overall No. 1 pick meant you were more likely than not to get the shot at drafting a Patrick Ewing, Shaquille O’Neal or Chris Webber? Yeah, now you get Anthony Bennett.

That’s a joke, an exaggeration and an oversimplification sort of but no one seems to want to acknowledge that the more we talk about the NBA Draft, the less of an impact the players we’re talking about are having on the league.

Think about the “super team” that just got done winning the NBA championship. Three of the Warriors’ best players were acquired by the team through the draft, but not one of those was a top-five pick. Stephen Curry was the seventh player taken in 2009. Klay Thompson was 11th in 2011. Draymond Green was 35th in 2012. Of the five starters, only free agent acquisition Kevin Durant was chosen Cheap Jerseys Bulk with a truly prime pick, No. 2 overall in 2007. Like Green, center Zaza Pachulia was a second-rounder. The average draft position of the 11 players in the Golden State rotation: 26th.

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