Lots of hindsight issues being talked about. No one can predict the future, but everyone seems like geniuses after the fact.
Its funny to look at a bunch of old mocks for past drafts.
Why didnt we draft a Giannis or Gobert in 2013 instead of Len @ #5?? Well, Giannis was mocked to go in the 18-22 range most places, Bucks reached a bit at #15, can you imagine what the board would have been like if we took the guy at #5???
We wasted our 2016 picks on Bender and Chris when we could have had Sabonis or Siakam!! Yet Sabonis was mocked in the #14-#20 range and Indiana reached for him at #11. Out of all 5 of the 2016 mocks i just looked at, only 2 had Siakam as a 1st round pick, #25 & #29, the other 3 had him going in the 40's of the 2nd round. Raptors got him at #27 which would have been a major reach according to 3 of the mocks. If we nabbed either of them at #4 or #8 this board would have erupted and tried to burn down Talking Stick Resort Arena!!!
Cant believe we took Josh Jackson at #4! We could have easily taken Mitchell or Adebayo!! Now Mitchell was drafted in his mocked range (#11-#14), but that still would have seemed like a HUGE reach for us at #4. Adebayo was drafted one spot behind Mitchell at #14, but most mocks had him in the #25-#30 range...if they had him as a 1st round pick. Just like Siakam, more than a few major mocks had him as a 2nd round pick. And once again Suns fan would have rioted if we took him over Josh Jackson. Hell Fans would have done that anyway if we took Mitchell after being mocked at #11 (The highest he was mocked).
Cam Johnson was a reach for us in 2019 at #11 (He was projected to go in the #18-#25 range). People lost their sh*t, me included. Herro was mocked anywhere between #16-#24. Miami reach a lil bit at #13. Fans would have reacted the same way that they did for Cam, maybe even moreso that we went after another SG after already having Booker and Josh Jackson.
But in Hindsight everyone knows what we should have done, who we should have got, and get appalled that we reached for a guy mocked to go 3 to 10 spots later, yet expected us to not take guys mocked in our range in the past like Len or Bender or Chriss or Jackson and instead reach even further for guys mocked to go much much much later (Becuase in hindsight you now know what those players can do).