ivysixer2000 wrote:I do have to wonder how we would look if we hadn't traded Bridges for basically nothing.
Course we can always look at the Fultz thing really took automatic real ring contenders for a decade out of our equation.
Least we didn't waste as many resources as the Celtics, but it can still give heartburn.
We would have been much better against the Celtics because we'd have Bridges and Covington swarming dudes defensively and drilling assisted threes.
Ultimately, drafting Bridges at #10 would have still been a bad value pick because he had no shotcreation upside. Shai was one of the very best prospects in the class and it was beyond obvious that he should have been the pick. Shai would have literally rendered the Fultz whiff irrelevant and been a franchise-saving selection
If you and Negro are going to keep going to this, at least be realistic. We all know you wanted Shai, and some others wanted Bridges (and nobody thought Michael Porter Jr would be available) but they were never going to select Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, because Markelle Fultz was still on the team. It would have been admitting that Markelle Fultz was trash, and neither the front office or fans were willing to admit that at that time. Therefore Shai was not an option.
It was not clear at all, to most, that Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was superior to Fultz at the time of that draft. I remember, because I got into many arguments on this board for suggestung Shai was a much better prospect than Fultz and did all of the things we people thought Fultz could do. They were never going to take Shai Gilgeous-Alexander while Fultz was on this team, so it's no need to go back and pretend that was a realistic option.