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    Raptors Republic Veteran Nilanka's Avatar
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    It's not the players who "tank", it's management. When we sign guys like Butler, Magloire and Carter, that means we're tanking. But the players are expected to give 100% as always.

    Whether you agree with tanking or not, there's no denying the fact that the more losses you have, the better your chances of improving your team long-term. That's not my opinion, that's fact.
    "I don't lie. I willfully participate in a campaign of misinformation." - Fox Mulder

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    Quote Lark Benson wrote: View Post
    Here's a link to the players recently selected at the 10th spot in the NBA draft:

    http://www.mynbadraft.com/nba-draft-...verall/100509/

    There are no Durants there. It's just one slot, but I'm sure you get the point.

    I get that people prefer wins in the present, but that comes at a cost. If you'd prefer to be the Bucks, be a scrappy team that squeaks into the playoffs here and there but never makes it past the second round, then that's your thing. But it's not mine. I want to watch a team playing for a deep playoff run, with a chance to win the championship. Difference of opinion. I'm Willing to wait for that.

    Someday they might fix the draft system but until then high lottery picks are the best bet for turning this franchise around. A first or second pick in this year's draft is a lot different than a 5th or lower. I don't want them to stop trying either, but I want them to lose. Because when I look at the roster as constructed, I see a lot of players that were acquired based on potential and who are all struggling to consistently live up to it. Consistency is the hardest thing to master in the NBA, and being consistently elite is nearly impossible. And that's usually the difference between a first or second overall and a 5th: guys like MKG and Davis who bring huge positives every time they step on the floor, and guys like Barnes and Jones, who have the potential to but are still trying to figure out how.
    I counted five franchise altering players in the last 13 year and one HOF...what's so bad about the tenth pick?

    HOF - Paul Pierce Franchise Altering - Joe Johnson - Jason Terry - Caron Butler - Andrew Bynum - Brandon Jennings

    Solid Role Players - Spencer Hawes - Paul George - Brooke Lopez...

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    The irony is that the team does not have the tank mentality at all.....and neither does it's coach. Anyone who thinks that BC did not select the filler for this team (1 yr contracts) with the view to "sabotage" the season is being naive or not paying attention to the available f/as who were available when players like Carter and Butler etc were signed. This team in my view has achieved it's current record honestly so, in practical terms does it really matter that a "tank nation" exists who in reality will outlive many of the players on this team (as far as being on the team or in the league). This existential-like nation as well will NOT exist next year.
    Last edited by Bendit; Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 10:44 AM.

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    I don't believe in tanking and judging by how hard the team plays night in and night out I don't think they are however a top 4 pick would be REALLY nice.

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