But isn't that partly out of necessity? Would other teams have played Sacre a bit in his first half season, and then cut him in favour of any semi-useful veteran? A team like with LA's salary structure had no choice but to play those second-rounders until they turned into something. I also wonder if a team like LA is going in with a different strategy, thinking, "we just need to find a guy who's definitely going to be a semi-useful bench player", and not thinking about finding the diamond in the rough that's going to turn into a star. Where as some teams are using second-rounders to go after probable-bust-but-maybe-high-ceiling guys, because if they draft a bust, they have the salary flexibility to replace him with another player.