I'm starting to think that BC's decision to "hit the ground running" next season might not be what is best for the teams long term future. With so much talent in this years draft maybe we should be trying to acquire more 1st round picks in the hopes of hitting the jackpot on one of them.
I think offering next years pick (unprotected, even) to move up or get another lotto pick should be a real option. Next years draft is looking terrrrrrible.
Next years draft looks better than this years...
With so many assets available to deal (Davis/Amir, JJ, 2 2nd round picks, 2013 1st round pick), I would really like to see the Raps come away with a wing (MKG/Beal/Barnes) and a PG (Marshall is my first choice or Lillard/Teague). Even with 3 rookies, I still think the Raps can "hit the ground running" next season with a much improved team. If a free agent is added via trade/signing, it's conceivable that Valanciunas is the only rookie in the starting lineup, so I don't think it's that much of a stretch.
I agree, and it's not like you'd necessarily be starting all 3.
One thing I find interesting is fans who are pushing for one player or another rarely consider most draft picks, overall, rarely meet their 'potential' or 'upside'. Last year this board was full of people dying of Jimmer fever. How did that work out so far? What about Derrick Williams? Lots of love for him. Kanter (who I was pushing)? Alright but nothing amazing (although not much opportunity). Kemba and Knight? Decent but nothing spectacular and both have been given huge minutes and opportunities on their bottom feeding teams.
The reality is most draft picks are not going to work out - forget franchise talent. Looking at this draft, look at the talk surrounding this draft 6 months ago. Everyone thought there were 8-10 franchise players. Now? Not so much.
Looking forward, one need just look at Josiah Turner and Myck Kabongo. Both were 'sure-fire' one and dones and Kabongo is back to Texas and Turner is leaving Arizona (not to the draft though). My point is a lot is going to change in a little over 2 months to this year's draft. Imagine how much will change with regards to the 2013 draft. BTW, Noel, Shabazz, Cody Zeller, Kabongo, Quincy Miller, McAdoo are all prospective 2013 draft picks - not too shabby based on potential as was said - but how many will amount to anything in the NBA?
I don't put a lot of stock in anything Bill Ingram says but this interesting:
http://www.hoopsworld.com/nba-chat-w...l-ingram-42312Hi Bill, If the Raptors, gets to pick 5th or 6th picks w/c players do you think is the best fit considering they need a SF. Is it MKG, Lamb of Uconn, or Harrison Barnes(w/c I think is very overrated and under acheiver) Do you think Royce white could be a sleeper?
I go Harrison Barnes, no question. Iíve spoken to a number of the UNC guys about Barnes, and written about him a couple of times in the NBA@2 over the course of this season. The general feeling about Barnes is that heís a solid talent, but not a leader Ė certainly not a vocal leader. That makes him great for the Raptors, who have great leadership in their head coach and some good veterans on the team. Barnes would be able to step in and play his game without the weight of the world on his shoulders. Seems like the perfect fit, not only for the Raptors, but also for Barnes.
I know we'll be a much better team next season and for the most part fans will be happy with a winning season, but if we can't contend then is any of the tanking/ rebuilding seasons worth it? I'm going to be closely following Indiana in the playoffs as we are following in their foot steps. They've enjoyed a good year, but do they have the talent to go further than the second round?
If BC was looking for another pick, $3M might interest ATL or even DAL. Dallas gets their pick if they finish 20th or below. The only reason why I quote Ingram here is because he said he specifically spoke with Cuban:
What will the Mavs be looking at with there 1st round pick this year and which players will be a good fit. They can desperately use an upgrade at shooting guard and Rivers, Lamb and Beal will all be gone by than.
The Mavs are more likely to trade the pick then use it. I spoke to Mark recently about the draft and he admitted he hasnít even looked at the field.
That's why I fear even Davis will wind up disappointing some people, because the hype machine has been on overdrive with him for months. He is a young kid playing a new position on a loaded team. No other team matched up against Kentucky and his teammates were all average/above average man defenders, leaving him free to roam in the paint to try and contest shots with his help defense. His offense is a huge work in progress and I fear that given his slender frame, he could become a Camby/Chandler type player - good player, great teammate, but possibly below expectations placed on a 1st overall pick with as much hype as he has surrounding him.
I think we as fans need to temper expectations of draft picks, even in the NBA, since not every 1st overall selection is going to have the impact of LeBron, Rose or even Griffin.
Last edited by CalgaryRapsFan; Mon Apr 23rd, 2012 at 02:23 PM.
Agreed on Davis. He's got a ton of talent, no doubt. But he's still a work-in-progress. He may not be dominating out of the gates. He still has holes in his game.
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I personally feel like were already young enough. If this team stayed healthy it would of been in the playoff IMO. You have to think of Bargnani his not getting any younger. His in his prime I think we need to start milky that. It's time to start winning. Two rookies would be enough.
We've gone from picking Beal to Lillard in Chad Fords lottery mock draft. Great.
2 rookies and goran dragic. Then we make a run for the playoffs and hopefully the Atlantic Division, Fuck the knicks.
Quincy Miller changed his mind, declaring for draft.
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