Richard4444 wrote: Chanel Bomber wrote: HEZI wrote:
Garland so good
Would've been the perfect PG for Zion offensively.
David Griffin is a moron for trading down.
It was a good trade in a bad/hard draft (after 3th pick).
NO got 8th, 17th, 35th and more 2 probable early future seconds (Cavs Second Rounds picks in 21 and 22).
The main issue was the players picked. Especially Hayes and Didi. (NAW could be a good option in the long run). They could have picked Herro, PJ Washignton, Rui or Reddish at 8th; Keldon, Matisse, KPJr or Clarke at 17th. Gafford, Paschall, THT or Mann at 35th.
If NOP keeps the pick and gets Culver at 4th, it would be an even more disastrous draft.
I must disagree.
The 2019 draft was good at the time and looks even better now, and not just because of the top 3.
Herro, Keldon Johnson, Thybulle, Clarke, Timelord, Garland, Rui, Hunter, THT all look like quality players already.
Secondly, having a shot at a top 4 talent and passing on that to accumulate more assets rarely pans out. Usually, you take the best talent with the highest possible draft pick. Rare exceptions to the rule, in the interest of fairness, include the McHale trade and the Tatum trade.
But the Pelicans needed a point guard who can shoot off the dribble to run the pick-and-roll with Zion and they had a borderline elite prospect who fit that archetype right there for the taking. David Griffin just outsmarted himself. Now they have a point guard who doesn't fit with Zion, and from the trade all they got is a center who can't space the floor for Zion and a generic wing player who might pan out but doesn't elevate the ceiling of that team significantly.
Passing on Garland was a massive blunder by the Pelicans front office.