Part one of “Draft 3.0,” a documentary that showcases the reasoning and analytics behind the Sacramento Kings’ 2014 NBA draft, debuts today on Grantland. The ESPN owned site shows the first in the two-part series that illustrates deliberation over the draft’s eighth pick.
“Draft 3.0” follows the Kings’ general manager, Pete D’Alessandro, the head coach, Mike Malone, and advisor to the chairman/NBA hall of famer Chris Mullin as they participate in this tough decision. John Hock of Hock Films directed the documentary, which is part of why Grantland picked it up.
“We said yes to this idea in about three seconds,” Bill Simmons, Grantland’s edtiro in chief, explained. “Not only are we NBA Draft junkies obviously, but Jon Hock is an exceptional talent who made a few of Grantland’s signature video pieces already, including the ones with Steve Nash and Royce White.”
Part two of the documentary will come out shortly after the draft takes place this Thursday. Getting into the “war room” the night prior to the draft, the documentary’s second segment will run through the big day itself.
“Draft 3.0” is available to watch online at Grantland. ESPN owns the platform through the label Exit 31, which also oversees Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films.