Fans following along on Twitter with the NFL and NBA Draft will usually know the picks well before they take place. Even though the network itself tries to avoid spoiling the selections, ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski still breaks the news on Twitter before they’re officially made.
Woj already has the news about the Detroit Pistons‘ decision with the No. 1 pick, even though it isn’t a huge surprise: the team is going with Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham.
“Detroit officials traveled to New York on Wednesday, met with Cunningham a final time and finalized the decision to choose him at No.1 in meetings this morning,” he reports. He left the door open with a late trade offer “blowing the Pistons away,” but short of that surprise, it will be Cunningham, as many anticipated.
Memphis Grizzlies star guard Ja Morant, the No. 2 overall pick a few years ago, is tired of the spoilers. He took to Twitter today to let it be known that he wants to actually have some drama in tonight’s broadcast.
can we actually watch the draft tonight and wait to see who's going where on tv . before we get a twitter announcement . "sources say" 😂 https://t.co/FrTiMEESUr
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) July 29, 2021
There are plenty that agree with him. The NBA and ESPN have tried to cut down on the spoilers, but not enough for Woj to stop tweeting. He’s not the only one. Other insiders that aren’t tied to ESPN, like The Athletic‘s Shams Charania, will probably fill the gap if he was to stop spoiling the picks, so there isn’t much they can do.
If Ja, or anyone else, wants a more pure experience, they have to stay off Twitter, which is admittedly hard. The platform is build for second-screen experiences of live events like this.
Tonight’s NBA Draft begins at 8 p.m. ET. With the Pistons’ mind reportedly made up, the Houston Rockets are all but on the clock with the No. 2 pick.