While the Miami Heat are still celebrating their NBA title, the league powers on and starts looking ahead to next season. The first step in that process is the NBA draft, the biggest night, up to this point, in the draftees' careers. We sat down with a number of the newest members of the NBA to get their thoughts on taking that next step into The League. For all of our other chats, check out our chat archive page.
What made you decide to declare for the draft this year?
Andre Drummond, 2012 NBA draft No. 9 overall pick
It wasn't an easy decision. I just felt it was an opportunity I couldn't pass on. Not everyone gets the chance to be drafted. I felt I was ready to take the step and be coached by the greatest coaches in the world and play against the best players. Full transcript
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AD, how do you feel to know that Austin Rivers will be drafted to the same team as you?
Anthony Davis, 2012 NBA draft No. 1 overall pick
It's great. He's a great player with a quick first step. Very skilled, plays defense, a hard worker. He fits well into New Orleans' system, and I think we can be great players in the NBA together. Full transcript
What are you most looking forward to about the NBA?
Harrison Barnes, 2012 NBA draft No. 12 overall pick
I'm looking forward to the opportunity to compete against the people I've looked up to all my life, Kobe, Durant all of those guys, getting to compete against them. Full transcript