6) Three words: Rookie salary scale.
The NBA isn’t the NFL. The first pick in the draft knows what he makes as soon as he gets selected. Same with the second pick, third pick and so on and so on. That amount isn’t much (the first pick in the 2010 NBA Draft will stand to make about $4 million his first year) and progresses only slightly over the player’s first three seasons. So if you’re looking for a big payout right away, go dig somewhere else.
7) The San Antonio Spurs know talent when they see it.
Looking for something long-term? Take a look at who the Spurs select. The draft isn’t a perfect science, but the Spurs seem to draft guys that hang around the league for a long time and have successful careers. And you know what that means, right? Cha-CHING!
8) The Minnesota Timberwolves, on the other hand, do not.
To be fair, the T’Wolves have actually drafted some pretty solid players as of late. But at this point, they haven’t drafted the guy to help turn the franchise’s luck around. So go ahead and grab a guy off their roster if you want (they have a couple of first-round picks this year). But when you’re freezing your ass off in the middle of February up in Minneapolis, don’t say we didn’t warn you.