ESPN's Ramona Shelborn was interviewed on a UVISION college agency podcast: "Cleveland is the relevant option for Abdia, Golden State will not have enough minutes for him."
"Cleveland is the Favorite Destination"
Ramona Shelborn of ESPN is one of the top basketball journalists in the United States.
Just before the draft, she was a guest on a new podcast by the college agency UVISION and addressed, among other things, the fascinating situation of Danny Abdia, who is expected to be selected in the top five.
"In the last 10 years or so there has been a very big success for international players and it has changed the whole perception towards them across the league among professionals. Doncic, Yannis and Prosingis and everything they have done - it's a big story. The days of selection like Draco Milic "I remember we saw a conversation with Adrian Wozniacki about Luka Doncic and he told me that the thing that people here in the United States do not understand is that this kid was an MVP. Of the Euroleague. People do not understand how strong and competitive this league is. I think it has taught people here in the United States to appreciate more the achievements of European players. The story with Danny Abdia is of course a huge story in a country like Israel, but the Americans are another good international player. "In the top 5 it's already a matter of course and Danny is going to be there or at worst in the top 10, which is a huge thing in the NBA."
"The team I will look at and I think the people in Israel should look good in Danny's context is Cleveland. The choice number 5 looks very realistic, it is a young team in the process of growth and construction and they give their youngsters many minutes to play," I said. Thinks Danny fits in very well there, although I know they're also looking at Obi-Wan, as he's considered one of the older players in the draft, but he was the outstanding player in colleges last season. It's definitely going to be an interesting choice for Cleveland between the two. Of Chicago and Cleveland, but Danny and Obi Topin are absolutely the two favorites. For Danny. "
Is there a chance we'll see Danny at Golden State by the end of the draft night?
Nothing will surprise me with Golden State. I think if they keep the No. 2 pick, I'm not sure Abdia will be the pick. They have Drymond Green and Andrew Wiggins in the forward positions. I feel they are the hardest team to read right now. While they have Talented youngsters like Eric Pascal, they also get back Kerry, Thompson and Green.This is a team that is supposed to compete for the championship, so how long will it have to let Danny Abdia play? I do not think that is the right option for him because he just will not get enough playing minutes there. "They will not be able to let Rocky experience a season of growing pains with ups and downs. I always think it is better to be selected by a team that you are going to play significant minutes at."
Link to listen to the full podcast: https://bit.ly/3kG43Pl