This thread was the mastermind of an absolute tool box. No Idea of who we drafted but It's wrong cuz Alabi didn't work out. Masai only took two mediocre teams and made them way better than anyone thought, but he's still an idiot and must be crucified for this pick because you and I never heard of him before the draft. Ugh. Who created this asinine thread anyways?
It was on the dirt basketball courts of Nigeria that Masai Ujiri first saw Solomon Alabi, a gangly, untrained, 6-foot-9 teenaged bundle of promise and potential.
Alabi was precisely the kind of youngster the Raptors assistant general manager of player personnel wanted to reach in his goal of developing the sport he loves in the country of his birth, a kid who was hungry to learn but lacked the opportunity, possibly destined to live a life of unrealized athletic potential.
“He meant a lot in my life,” Alabi said of Ujiri. “When I started playing basketball in a small town (Kaduna) where not too many people knew about basketball and only a few people played basketball, Masai did a camp in my town and . . . that’s when I started getting exposed to basketball.”
Strong bond exists between Raptors exec and draft hopeful
"It was all part of Ujiri’s grand plan to provide opportunities for Nigerian youths who’d been denied them. Ujiri has run a camp for young African big men for about a decade and has been heavily involved with the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program, which is where Alabi continued his development."
Doesn't the new Bruno also have ties to NBA without borders
Fwakkk! we got Brunoed
I am sad and depressed the last couple of days
hopefully, next week, Lowry doesnt Bosh us and bring back the good old glory days of the anti-tank season, 2013-2014.
Well you're entitled to your opinion. l can't speak for everyone here but I believe most would agree that there isn't a GM out there that has not have their share of hiccups and very questionable decisions. We would like to think that they try to minimize the mistakes and try to learn from the past. Regardless of how you personally feel about this draft pick, it's done and over with. The next few months will be heavily watched by us loyal fans. I don't have a shrine built in Masai's name, nor do l think he is the best GM in the League. But I do think he has a eye for talent, and more often than not his picks usually works in his favor.
Other than Alabi, what other picks was he responsible for that turned out to be a bust?
If anyone is not happy you can always cheer for another team - after the draft, Tyler Ennis and Phoenix joins Canadian-filled Cleveland as most attractive options I might be wrong, but i guess a big part of critics aren't going to the ACC to cheer for the Raptors, so there is no difference if you cheer for Toronto, Cleveland or Phoenix
50th meh, trade it for cash considerations
Can someone please explain to me how in the fuck Alabi was a bust? He was the 50th pick, wtf did you expect? The fact that he was even able to have an 11pts 19reb game at all (throwaway tank-a-thon game non-withstanding) is actually better than 90% of the guys picked at that spot. Some of you are annoying the hell out of me right now with your poor logic.
Ujiri has an excellent draft record with the two other late 1st round picks he's had so far:
2012: Evan Fourner with the 20th pick. Showing great potential as an all-around SG, can shoot the 3, rebound well, and make plays for others. The fact that he was basically traded straight up for Afflalo, who had pretty high value after a career-year, should indicate that was a great pick.
2011: Kenneth Faried with the 22nd pick. Double-double machine, put up 18-11 per 36 last year on 57% TS.
Your logic is incredibly flawed.
Yes it's possible Bruno doesn't work out and becomes in hindsight, a bad pick, but drawing any kind of conclusion from the Solomon Alibi pick is a fallacy.
BUT you could say something like: "guys, it worries me that Masai might just be enamored with international players from basketball without borders. I hope this is a smart pick, but it could be another Salomon Alibi."
But then, when people point out the differences between the situation, instead of saying, "you live in a fantasy world", which is clearly not true, and it's hardly like you're providing sound logic, you accept them, and point out the similarities and acknowledge how the situation is different.
That's the behavior of a grown man.
Yeah, Jamshid.. I dont know what happened to you, but ever since the draft you've become a contrarian with your new found ability of clairvoyance. You feel like you, and no one else, knows what the future of Bruno is going to look like... and its bleak. You don't like the pick, thats fine, but back it up with points and not useless comparisons and anecdotes. And if you don't have great points, admit that its how you FEEL Bruno will turn out, not how you KNOW Bruno will turn out.
Currently, you are a conversation killer.
The Baltic Beast is unstoppable!
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