Originally posted by sincalfaithful:
"WE HAVE NEVER WON A TITLE WITHOUT A SUPERSTAR THAT WE ACQUIRED THROUGH THE DRAFT. NEVER EVER EVER."
Well no s**t thats because the Superstars that we acquired through the draft went on to become some of the best players in the history of the game. (Baylor, West Johnson, etc...) and even outside of those select few when this team had the picks during the 80s, 90s, and 2000s this team didn't acquire anybody from the draft worth a damn. (exception being Kobe) and you expect to hit on 2 out of 4 lottery picks to make this team a contender On top of that this team needs a new head coach to go along with your lottery picks. I agree that this team needs to rebuild but I think relying solely on the draft is going to be a huge mistake not to mention something that the FO won't even consider
We don't need 2 out of 4 lottery picks to become superstars. We just need them to become very good players BECAUSE WE STILL HAVE ROOM TO SIGN TWO SUPERSTAR FREE AGENTS AT THAT POINT. Expecting 2 out of 4 lottery picks to become very good players isn't unreasonable at all, especially when at least two of those picks would be in the Top 5. That's par for the course, and you have a decent chance that one of them becomes a superstar.
Now flip that around...you sign two max free agents first, and then how do you fill out the team? If Dwight leaves, who exactly are the stud muffins that you're gonna be signing to make this team a title contender sooner than my plan? Carmelo Anthony in '14 and Marc Gasol in '15? How about Dwyane Wade in '14 and LaMarcus Aldridge in '15? Then you have $20M left and 10 roster spaces to fill. Nowhere even close to a title. Meanwhile, you're picking 12th-15th in 2014 because you didn't tank, you lose your draft pick in '15, pick 18th-20th in '16, and lose your draft pick in '17.
So you end up with a squad built around something like Rajon Rondo, Kevin Love, & 2 picks in the teens over the next 4 years = CHAMPIONSHIP
I never said that we need to entirely rely on the draft...I'm saying that we can't completely ignore it. We just need a couple of top notch, young ball players on rookie contracts, and THEN we can go out and sign a couple of max free agent kind of guys. Otherwise we'd have to hit an enormous home run with a draft pick in the teens...a guy who's really good right away...which happens incredibly rarely.
Lastly, Kobe was acquired through the draft. C'mon now. And as it pertains to this discussion, we traded an existing asset (Vlade) in exchange for a very talented draft choice...which is exactly what I'm proposing we do now.
[ Edited by LA9erFan on May 29, 2013 at 10:13 PM ]