NBA Draft Cautionary Retro YouTube Video -- Kwame Brown's Draft Night!

The NBA Draft is tonight, and you know what that means -- yes, bad suits, incoherent interviews, lots of Stuart Scott, and tons of upside potential. So basically, one big engrossing train wreck.

It used to be a virtual guarantee a few years ago that every pick in the first round would be deemed a "great pick" by analysts like Hubie Brown. That was back in the TNT days, but now ESPN has the draft as its property and Jay Bilas and Jeff Van Gundy thankfully provide a dose of perspective. And criticism. It's nice.

That said, I miss the days when every pick was hailed as correct and solid because it made for awesome retroactive viewing. Nothing like seeing footage of Michael Olowakandi being hailed as a savior or a selection of Nikolas Tskitishvili garnering the applause of people who've been around the game for decades.

So as we head toward tonight, let's remind everyone of just how inexact a science this can be, and let's do it using the 2001 selection of Kwame Brown with the first overall pick.

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Sean Pendergast is a contributing freelance writer who covers Houston area sports daily in the News section, with periodic columns and features, as well. He also hosts afternoon drive on SportsRadio 610, as well as the post game show for the Houston Texans.
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