bwgood77 wrote:WeekapaugGroove wrote:This 100%. GMs are paid to get more right than wrong.bwgood77 wrote:
The main point is who cares what all these online so called "draft experts" mocked. These GMs get paid a lot of money for a reason. A guy like Danny Ainge knew what he was doing. JJ not going to that workout didn't matter. He obviously was locked in on Tatum.
I could go through a big list of GMs that are great at drafting, and they don't necessarily draft as mocks would expect (and if they don't, that doesn't mean the made bad picks)....we've made bad picks..who cares what online mocks created by one guy sitting at home predicted? How about the scouts and GMs making bank?
When they fail the development vs just not a good player is basically the basketball version of nature vs nurture debate. Like that the answer is both matter. Now I'd argue part of the GMs job is to hire the right coaches to make sure guys develop.
I'm not sure Bender would have panned out anywhere especially early in his career because he simply wasn't physically ready to play NBA basketball.
Chriss maybe pans out in the perfect setting he at least has NBA body and athleticism. But Houston and Cleveland gave up on him pretty quickly too.
I know some will disagree but I simply don't think Jackson was very good. Like he does so little well offensively I think he busts no matter the situation. And he's a **** head.
Len is who is he is and frankly isn't a bad player. Heck if they would have just let him start and never signed Chandler he would have been an average C.
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Yes, they should do proper scouting, pay no (or little) attention to mocks and big boards, or even the guy Booker or Jackson or whatever other player on the team want to draft.
I think this is all easier said than done. if you go against the mocks (like an ainge etc.) you can bet you'll get criticised for it. Which is fine if the guy pans out in the end or if you are a well established GM.
But I think it can be very difficult for new GMs to truly go with their gut. I'm not saying that doesn't mean they're a bad GM, i'm just saying you can see how it happens.
Maybe it is a good sign James Jones bucked the trend with Cam and so far it has paid off. Maybe it was a fluke, who knows.