The draft, really, is where Hardwood Paroxysm started. It was me and a friend yelling about the 2007 draft from start to finish and making outlandish proclamations. Over time, HP came to represent the ideals of possibility, of potential. Of upside.
This is the second draft and D-League blog we’ve founded, and I’m glad to have such a site under our developmental roof, this time under our full control along with FanSided. Upside & Motor will be lead by the incomparable Sam Vecenie, as bright a young mind about the draft as I’ve ever seen, and you can read his introduction to the site below. Here, we’ll cover the draft and D-League, the next face of the NBA and professional basketball, with the same style and invention that you’ve seen from Hardwood Paroxysm.
This site isn’t going to be Draft Express or a knockoff. We’re not a scouting service. DX is the icon, and this will never be that. But talking about the draft, writing about the draft, exploring the draft is fun and a huge part of the NBA. I hope you’ll enjoy what we bring you.
Welcome to the HPBasketball Network’s newest baby. Welcome to the future of basketball.
Welcome to Upside & Motor.
– Matt Moore
Editor Emeritus and Top Dude in Charge
HPBasketball Network on FanSided
I know what you’re thinking. “Psh, another draft site. Aren’t there enough of those?” ["YES, YES THERE ARE AND THAT'S NOT COUNTING THE ONES THAT KEEP SENDING ME MIXTAPES ON TWITTER" - ed emeritus Moore]
To be honest, you’re right. You could go visit about 45 other places for your draft content. You could go to DraftExpress, where you’ll get a 15-minute video rundown of each prospect’s strengths and weaknesses in a vacuum. You could go look at Chad Ford’s inside information from front offices, or Jeff Goodman’s from the NCAA perspective. Bill Simmons provides information in an entertaining manner, and Jay Bilas gushes frenetically about tremendous wingspans. Any of these are valid alternatives to us (although to be fair, we’re probably going to do a fair amount of gushing about wingspans ourselves).
We don’t want to be any one of those sites. Our goal is to provide NBA Draft analysis from the NBA perspective. We want to be the website you go to whenever you’re asking “how does this guy fit on the Suns?” or “how did Kawhi Leonard develop from non-lottery pick to Finals MVP?” Obviously, we’ll provide you with the big mock drafts and big scouting reports, and the big boards and all of the other big things that go along with an NBA Draft site. But we strive to do more than that.
We strive to help you understand what makes an NBA draft prospect succeed most (and to be honest, we strive to find the answer to that question still). We strive to bring prospect stories to light and to give new, fresh opinions on what lies ahead for the future players of the NBA, as opposed to simply providing the newest HOT BASKETBALL TAKE about them. And of course, we strive to help foster the understanding that development after the fact is equally as important as what someone’s draft stock is in the present day.
To do that, we’re obviously going to cover the NCAA and give you our thoughts on prospects year-round. But we’re also going to cover the D-League and NBA in an attempt to infer how the past can inform our future.
That’s what we’re all about at Upside & Motor: the future. We want to help inform you about what the future of the NBA is going to look like, with all of the glitz and glamour (okay, most likely just bad puns and silliness) that you expect of the Hardwood Paroxysm brand. We’re going to be a one-stop shop for news, information, scouting opinions, and fun about the NBA Draft, and we can’t wait to get started.
We hope you’ll join us for the ride.