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NBA Draft: My Awards On The Day After
CNBC.com | June 29, 2007 | 09:43 AM EDT

A day later I'm handing out my awards from the 2007 NBA Draft. Let's get right to it.

Biggest Marketing Loser: Yi Jianlian to Milwaukee:Right behind Greg Oden and Kevin Durant this guy qualified as the third most marketable guy in the draft because of the size of the market in China. Throw that out the door now. Milwaukee is pretty much the absolute worst city he could be in since there's nothing close to a Chinese market in Milwaukee. Check out this stat. There aren't enough Chinese Americans living in Milwaukee to even fill up the Bradley Center (18,717).

According to the 2003 Census, the last numbers I could get, there were 586,000 people living in Milwaukee. Only 2.9 percent of those residents (15,236 people) were Asian. It's why Yi didn't work out for them and why he might not show up there on Friday. (Update: It's now been confirmed that Yi won't show up). I somehow don't think Midwest Airlines is considering applying for that Milwaukee to Beijing route.

Biggest Marketing Winner: Joakim Noah to Chicago:

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