One NBA fan did his best to ruin the experience for anyone within an earshot during Thursday’s draft.
In attendance for the big event held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a fan can be heard shouting the name of the upcoming draft pick just before NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum could officially confirm them. It involved the 51st, 52nd and 54th picks.
Spoiling the picks for a television audience is no complicated matter. In fact, you can do it right from your phone.
Multiple sports reporters typically break the future picks minutes before Commissioner Adam Silver or Tatum take to the podium.
As Deadspin points out, Adrian Wojnarowski used to do the same — and the torch has been passed to Shams Charania, who covers the league for Yahoo Sports’ The Vertical.
Perhaps this particularly eager fan spotted reporters’ tweets — and simply wanted you to know.
As Tatum held out for his announcement — the moment each player holds their breath — the attendee shouted the name at top volume.
At one point, even Tatum couldn’t help but crack a smile.
The New Orleans Pelicans’ selection of Edmond Sumner had been spoiled.
Sumner, a point guard from Xavier, went 52nd and was dealt to the Indiana Pacers.
The 51st selection was the Denver Nuggets’ Monte’ Morris, a point guard from Iowa State.
Valparaiso power forward Alec Peters, who went to the Phoenix Suns at 54, also had the announcement spoiled.
The wise fan danced in celebration after the name was confirmed.