Topofthekey wrote:Pacers Forever wrote:To me the Pacers best chance to ever get a title is by a rebuild and drafting college players who turn into NBA studs and keep them together before they become too expensive to resign. Of course there's a lot of scouting, knowledge, skill, and some luck involved drafting that successfully. If you look at OKC I believe they're gearing up to do it again.
The one other observation I see looking at the drafts is if you can pry away a young potential talent from a team before the player blossoms for that team and get lucky to build bench strength.
To wrap this up change needs to happen and I'm all for it !
About drafting, I think the team should invest more in scouting in Europe
I mean, most of the recent superstars who demanded to be traded to their city of choice are American players (Harden, AD, PG, etc)
Same goes with those superstars who try to form superteams with their buddies (LeBron, KD, Kawhi)
When you think about it, for Euro players who play in the NBA, they are basically just expats working in America, and their primary human relationships in the US are probably with the people in the organization that drafted them and brought them over. They aren't surrounded by an army of childhood acquaintances or family and friends constantly telling them where they should go or what they should do
Also, they are probably a bit more ambivalent about which city to play in. Whether they have to play in California vs Utah probably doesn't make too much of a difference to them, it's all just America anyway from their point of view. It's kind of how an average American probably wouldn't care if he has to work in Belgrade vs Prague, it's all just Eastern Europe anyway
If the issue with small markets is they aren't able to retain the star players they drafted, maybe they'll have better luck with Euro players
Very good observation !