YogiStewart wrote:and i posted that GMs had done more due diligence than you could possibly imagine and there was no way in hell they wanted anything to do with Drummond.
there's lots of stuff out there that plebes like you and I don't get to see or hear about. don't assume that NBA GMs are morons. they may not make moves to your liking, but they didn't BS and fool their way to their position
Joe Dumars is a GM. He did his due diligence and realized what a steal Drummond was at 8. So much so that JoeD tried to move up to 8 to get him. He KNEW Raps were not taking Drum but he was very worried about other teams moving up to 8 to get him. Word was that Henson was the guy DET was looking at leading up to the draft. When Drum dropped they jumped at the chance. JoeD owned BC on this one. Did not even have to give up a single asset even though he offered to. Ridiculous.
As for GMs getting their jobs by virtue of accomplishments? That is pure BS. Ex-players get some of those jobs with nothing but their playing ability and personality. Family members get some of those jobs. Guys who start out as interns and network their way within the organization get those jobs. Its a pretty tight circle in the nba and its more who you know than what you know. This is why so many guys just get recycled around the league.
Exactly. As we've said before.
There are some weak arguments out there regarding Drummond. That "7 other teams passed on him" so there must be reason. That he was a "headcase". That teams "did their due diligence" and found him wanting. And so on. If those assessments are correct, then the only answer is: a lot of people were wrong.
This isn't about getting a guy's talent wrong. It's about worrying about rumors of a guy's character. And in many cases, not checking out those rumors yourself to see if they were true. I don't know exactly where "all" the reports are or where they came from regarding Drummond as a headcase, but I do remember his college coach calling him a great kid who picked things up quickly. So apart from his college coach, who else did GMs interview to conclude that Drummond was a headcase?
More to the point. Joe Dumars interviewed Drummond and worked him out privately, and decided that Drummond was his guy. And he was right. Our GM didn't and wasn't. Dumars did and was. That's really all there is to it.