I wouldnt go THAT far. The top of the draft is weak, no doubt but to say there wont be 1 impact player is crazy. As far as ratings, I dont think people are looking so much for the next Kobe or Tmac as much as they jus wanna see who their team gets, where their fav college players go, etc. Yes, the HS player is always a sexy pick but I dont think that will hurt them as much as you think.
This year is just a weird anomoly, there arent that many college stars leaving. Next year off the top of my head we have Joakim Noah and Al Horford, Brandon Rush, Roy Hibbert, Mario Chalmers, Julian Wright, Rayshawn Terry, Taylor Hansborough, Marcus Williams, Aaron Aflallo, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Acie Law, Corey Brewer, Domonic James, Ronald Steele, Nick Young and Gabe Pruitt
, Big Baby and thats just off the top of my head, not to mention people who pull out of this years draft.
Yes the ruling is stupid, but there are plenty of terrific college players to go around. As for there being no franchise players this year, I disagree. I can see Rudy Gay, Adam Morrison and Marcus Williams all being cornerstones for their teams for a long time, should they pan out. There are a lot of kids I think will make strong contributions, maybe not All-Stars but good, solid players that can be had in the later rounds.
I agree that there isnt much of a drop-off after the lottery, which is why I was kinda hoping we would trade our pick but whatever. Plus, if you think this years draft is bad look at 2000!