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The most incredible NBA Draft moment of all time

By on June 28, 2014 in NBA

This year’s 2014 NBA Draft will be remembered for many things, having been one of the deepest and most highly anticipated drafts in recent memory.

In years to come, players like Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid (the top three picks) will probably be All-Stars and household names. But if there’s anything that this year’s Draft should stand out for, its a unique occurrence that took place a bit further into the evening, between the 15th and 16th selection of the first round.

Below is a video of that moment. And if you wondered what the one single highlight of the entire 2013/2014 NBA season was, this is it. You have to see it!

Here’s the story:

There was a college player by the name of Isaiah Austin who had been working hard at improving his game over the years, with a dream, like so many others, to play in the NBA. He attended Baylor University, and following a successful season he declared for the 2014 NBA Draft with a reasonable chance of being selected in the first round. In his preparation for the Draft, he visited teams and underwent physical testing as is the norm.

It was during this testing that the doctors discovered he has a rare genetic disease, effectively stopping his playing career on the spot. Think about it – here he was, on the doorstep of achieving his life-long dream only to have it ripped away from him through no fault of his own, merely days before the Draft.

The NBA saw this and acted upon it, helping make Isaiah’s dream come true as much as possible. Despite no team drafting him, the NBA “drafted” Isaiah in what must be an unprecedented moment.

I take my hat of to Adam Silver and the NBA for what they did. This has to be one of the classiest gestures I’ve ever witnessed and one that that I’m sure will be remembered as the most incredible NBA Draft moment of all time!



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