The NBA Draft is Thursday, which feels way too soon given that a few Cavaliers are probably still drunk from post-Game 7 festivities. The best perk of a Finals going seven games is a short refractory period between the best actual basketball of the year and the best imaginary basketball of the year. The dragged-out dead time that yawns between Finals and draft can get boring, but a longer wait means more time for insane rumors to build up momentum before all hell breaks loose at the draft.
Economically speaking, the draft is a gross, anti-labor tool that the NBA uses to ensure parity and depress wages. Draftees are tied to long, cheap rookie contracts, ensuring that they won’t get a chance to earn their market value for a few years. Second rounders, who are not tied to the rookie scale, have more flexibility and potential earning power, which is stupid garbage.