More Mounties in the NBA

INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 03: Devin Ebanks #3 of the West Virginia Mountaineers reacts in the first half against the Duke Blue Devils during the National Semifinal game of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 03: Da'Sean Butler #1 of the West Virginia Mountaineers reacts in the second half against the Duke Blue Devils during the National Semifinal game of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Da’Sean Butler gets nabbed by the Heat and Devin Ebanks gets picked by the Lakers

It’s been established I’m no big fan of the NBA. For one there is no team within 3 hours of me, and the two that are happen to be Cleveland and Washington. Another reason is that no WVU player has had any role on any NBA team during the span of my lifetime. With Huggins coming in I hoped to see a change to that, and it started with Joe Alexander who went in Round 1 a couple years back, but it wasn’t hard to see that he was not quite ready for the big stage. This years pro ‘Eers are the real deal, BUT..

We can’t get too excited yet. Miami grabbed up 2 other second round picks, and with Da still recovering from injury it could prove to be difficult to stand out. Then there is the free agency insanity. Miami can suddenly afford three max contracts, like say Wade, LBJ, and Chris Bosh. If that happens, it may be perfect, low cost second rounders is about all the team could afford, they do not count against the teams cap number for a few years. If Miami gets shunned by Wade and insert names here, then there is more than enough room to easily get on the roster. Butler is a champion, and I’m sure we will see him on the court next season.

Ebanks to the Lakers is what has me pretty excited. The Champs bench is pretty thin, a defender of Ebanks caliber should find himself a home at the very least as a defensive stopper off the bench. Even now he is better and cheaper than Luke Walton, and with the Lakers making a point to say they failed to make as much money this year as last, I see them making a few cost cutting moves.

All in all I couldn’t be happier for those two guys, and wish them nothing but success. Here’s hoping we can see more Mountaineers on the NBA court next year.

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One Response to More Mounties in the NBA

  1. […] this summer following the exploits of Devin Ebanks, but have yet to mention De’Sean Butler. Butler was one of three players selected in the second round by the Miami Heat, and at first I thought […]

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