The NBA Draft cometh. Do Oklahomans careth? Draft night always holds a certain amount of intrigue and interest. Who will get picked? Who won't? Who will have their name called sooner than expected? Who will be left to sit and stew in the green room? The beautiful thing is, you'll know all those answers tonight before you go to bed because the NBA measures its draft in hours, not days. But despite all that, this draft is an odd go-around for basketball fans in our fair state. We don't have an NBA team to call our own — at least not this week. We don't know when the players drafted by the Sonics will play in OKC — if ever. And we don't have any players with in-state ties who are expected to be drafted. So, how are we supposed to feel about tonight's draft? Might I suggest we see it as the calm before the storm. No matter what happens over the next week or so with our latte-sipping friends in the Pacific Northwest, this will be last draft we watch with passing fancy. After this, the NBA Draft will be high drama and high interest for the foreseeable future. For starters, next year holds great promise even if Oklahoma doesn't have an NBA team. We just might have the top player in the draft, after all. Blake Griffin would've been a lottery pick this year had the Oklahoma big man decided to leave after only one season. Just about everybody who projects these things projected him as a top-10 pick. The day Griffin announced that he would return for his sophomore season, one mock draft pegged him No. 7 and rising. Griffin has his sights set on the top spot. He is aiming to be the first Oklahoma-born and Oklahoma-bred player taken with the No. 1 pick in the draft. And there's little reason to believe he can't do it. A rock solid 6-foot-10, Griffin has an NBA body. His game isn't quite to NBA standards, but he's really only lacking a bit. He still needs to extend his shooting range, and he has yet to develop consistency at the free-throw line, a place where a physical guy like Griffin can make a living. Griffin has a track record of consistently improving his game, first at Oklahoma Christian School, now at OU. Continue the trend, and he could be the 2009 draft's Michael Beasley. Thing is, Griffin might not be the only lottery pick in our midst next year. Incoming Sooner Willie Warren has displayed some eye-popping abilities. Even though he's done his damage against high school competition thus far, the point guard has athletic, dynamic skills that look like they will translate well in the NBA. He could be a one-and-done guy. Another local to keep an eye on is James Anderson. A year ago this time, the Oklahoma State guard was talked about as a possible one-and-done candidate himself. He struggled during conference play last season, but he seems like a potentially electric fit in Travis Ford's fast-and-furious system. Anderson could be a star as a sophomore, then bolt to the NBA. Our fair state is all but assured a fascinating draft next summer. Of course, if the Sonics are here this season or next, the 2009 draft gets even more interesting. Heck, even if they have to stay in Seattle for the remaining two years of their arena lease, they'll be in Oklahoma City no later than 2010 and make that summer's draft a doozie. And if they continue to struggle, they might come to town with the first pick in the draft. Here's a blow-your-mind scenario for 2009: the Sonics relocate to Oklahoma City after a dreadful season, they snag the top spot in the draft lottery and Blake Griffin declares himself eligible for the draft. Say goodbye to the draft doldrums, Oklahoma. Our interest may be of the passing variety tonight, but starting next summer, the draft drama will demand our undivided attention. We'll be enthralled with it. We'll be engrossed by it. We'll never look at the NBA Draft the same way again.