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    Default Draft Day 2012 and onwards - What would you have done?

    It's my first post so go easy on me, and sorry for the essay.

    With all this talk about the biggest failures of Bryan Colangelo, I thought I’d ask the question, “What would you have REALISTICALLY done differently if they had fired BC and hired you before the 2012 draft?”

    Here’s what I would have HONESTLY done:
    • Draft Andre Drummond and Quincy Miller (because I read DraftExpress a lot)
    • Trade Valanciunas, Demar Derozan, and 35th pick (Quincy Miller) for James Harden and 28th pick (Perry Jones III) – OKC would make this trade!
    • Keep Perry Jones III or trade him to Chicago for Marquis Teague (picked 29th) or Jimmy Butler; Chicago probably doesn’t bite on a project PF because they have the rights to Mirotic and need a back-up point guard, so we may end up keeping Jones III.
    • Trade next lottery pick for Kyle Lowry (top 3 protected)
    • Re-sign Alan Anderson
    • Trade Andrea Bargnani for anything (hopefully a small forward or else a trade exception and a 2013/2014 pick). Every year I plan to disavow the Raps unless they unload him, so this pleases me.
    • Amnesty Linas Kleiza and his 9 million for the next two years (signalling a new era of watchability)
    • Sign Louis Williams to a 3 year 18 million deal
    o If he won’t go for the extra money because he went to high school in Georgia, sign Alexy Shved to a 3 year 11 million deal (because he was the MAN for Russia at only 23 and he’s destined to be a clutch shotmaker)
    • If we netted a trade exception and a pick in the Bargnani deal, we sign Landry Fields to a 3 year 14 million offer sheet
    o If NYK matches, we trade cash for Kyle Korver (last year of contract that pays 5 mil) or sign one of the Brewers (Corey at 3 mil or Ronnie at 2 mil). We stay patient and use a future pick on a young small forward.
    • Sign 2-3 veterans with remaining 8-10 million: I suggest any of C Brewer (3 per), R Brewer (2 per), R Evans (2 per), J O’Neal (min), S Pavlovic (1.5 per), M Pietrus (2 per), but I gather the input of my coaches before going after anyone.
    • Sign a partially-guaranteed D-leaguer or two

    2012-2013 Salary
    Guards (22): Kyle Lowry (6), Louis Williams (6), Jose Calderon (10)
    Wings (12): James Harden (6), Landry Fields or Kyle Korver (5), Alan Anderson (1)
    Bigs (12.5): Amir Johnson (7), Ed Davis (3), Andre Drummond (2.5),
    Other (1): Perry Jones III or Marquis Teague (1)
    2012-13 Salary = 47.5 million + 10 million for three noted vets and a D-leaguer to stay under the cap
    2013-14 Salary = Calderon’s 10 mil covers the +8 for Harden’s extension and annual increases for other players. Some of the other 10 mil has to be on one year contracts to extend Davis at season’s end while staying under the luxury tax threshold.

    Ideal 2013-14 nine man rotation (age at start of 2013-14 season)
    Starters
    PG: Kyle Lowry (27)
    SG: James Harden (24)
    SF: Landry Fields (25)
    PF: Ed Davis (24)
    C: Andre Drummond (20)
    6th man / Bench scorer: Louis Williams (27)
    Back-ups
    PG: Marcus Teague (20)
    Wing: Corey Brewer (27)
    Big: Amir Johnson (26)
    Rotation Salary = 47 million

    Strengths: ATHLETICISM! (height, speed, aggressiveness), rebounding, 2-way potential, identity, guard-play
    Weaknesses: Outside shooting of forwards and big men, unknown development of Drummond, Davis, and Teague

    What would need to happen to contend for a trophy:
    Landry Fields > 40% 3pt
    Ed Davis > 45% mid-range
    Andre Drummond > 60% FT
    Lowry > 75 games played
    OKC plane crash! :P

    BC’s 2013-14 nine man rotation
    Starters
    PG: Kyle Lowry (27)
    SG: Terrence Ross (22)
    SF: Demar Derozan (24)
    PF: Ed Davis (24)
    C: Jonas Valanciunas (21)
    6th man / Bench scorer: Andrea Bargnani (28)
    Back-ups
    PG: John Lucas III (20)
    Wing: Landry Fields (27)
    Big: Amir Johnson (26)
    Rotation Salary = 50 million

    Did I do much better? I'm not really sure I did.

    What would be your realistic 2013-2014 roster if you started from draft day 2012?

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    Wow detailed. Nothing wrong starting out with a bang!

    Mine is going to be much more simple

    1) try and package Andrea Bargnani or Demar Derozan + #8 pick in an attempt to move up in the draft. Any spot higher than #7.

    2) if the above doesn't happen or Demar is included, trade Andrea for almost anything. Preferable a first round pick or cap space.

    3) should the team still have been left with the #8 pick - draft Drummond

    4) look to add future picks by most means. Only untouchable would have been Jonas + whatever pick(s) were made.

    5) Do nothing or little else other than basic and simple signings to fill out the roster. Accept another year of losing and keep rebuilding.

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    I think it's easy to talk after 1/3 season is already played. Did you even know the guy like Alex Shved before the start of this season, and did you consider Ed Davis as a starting caliber PF in preseason? It was hard to predict so early Harden's trade too...
    (Sorry for poor English )

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    What are we supposed to say here...that this team would probably be better than the one we have now? ok I agree!

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    I was going by what I knew from the last full length season. In that year, Amir ranked 32nd in WS/48 for big men that played at least 1000 minutes,