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Published June 30, 2014
ANALYZING THE ANALYSTS: SI’s Richard Deitsch wrote ESPN’s Jay Bilas, Rece Davis and Fran Fraschilla “were outstanding (once again)” during the net’s NBA Draft coverage last week. Davis is a “consummate professional who sets his analysts up at every turn and allows the broadcast to breathe.” Bilas “showed you his value late in the draft when you can’t fake your way through as you can with the top prospects.” Fraschilla has “developed into a super-valuable resource as an international guru.” However, Jay Williams was “badly miscast in the role of post-pick interviewer.” The panel, "especially Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose, fell into the trap of praising every pick as if they were the second coming of Oscar Robertson" (SI.com, 6/29).