wolves_89 wrote:, so going after young high upside guys who have struggled and can be obtained cheaply makes a lot of sense to me.
Forgive me for just focusing on this sentence, but I'm good with the rest of what you were saying. It's this part that concerns me. I struggle with a mantra of "give us your failed experiments so we can give them a second shot." There are so many other players deserving out there. I would rather widen the view of players we are willing to give a shot to in order to include those who didn't ride draft hype and free minutes and fail already.
Just for an example, I remember Anthony Bennett getting thrown into the Wiggins/Love trade and it meant two former #1 overall picks coming back for Love. Let's just say it didn't exactly go as it did and instead he showed just enough to keep people hopeful kind of like Wiggins has been doing for years now. What would his contract have been? We'd be sitting here now with two players at huge contracts that are still riddled with flaws by still riding on hype from years back. Those kinds of repercussions should also be in the discussion when talking about a top 10 hyped draft player getting a second shot.
The hype on a players upside built on things like measurements, forward hoping should only go so far. As soon as they start playing in the NBA you start to get a more tangible view that far surpasses anything prior.
Frank Ntilikina's measurables apparently wasn't such a great thing for his position that it covered up his other weaknesses. His shooting and assisting getting worse over two seasons, getting significantly worse with more starts. So how do the Timberwolves, if not having a starting PG on roster for next year, find hope in someone like that? .337 FG, .287 3fg, 2.8 assists, .417 TS%, 115 Drating, Negative winshares, I mean how? How do we keep selling ourselves on things like a 6-6 guy with long reach? Because he can rebound, maybe? Great, he was an 8th overall pick. Sure, it's possible new scenery sparks something different in him. Is it really worth the risk knowing what he's done in two seasons? Someone else said it already. It would have to be a Gleague only now and he would have to play his way out of that bag, to me. I realize you said cheap, but I fail to see how it looks like a cheap "starter solution" at any point now.
These are my opinions.