doclinkin wrote:...Draft picks are still always the place where you can land an all-star for pennies on the dollar if you are smart about it....
Imagine the following: the God of basketball comes to you & says, "I have a deal for you: instead of getting high draft picks because your team sucks, I'll give you the #20 pick in R1 every year, never better never worse. But, I'll also give you the gift of being able to tell who the very best player is that's still there at #20. How about it? Do you want my deal? Wait, let me sweeten it just a little. Every 2 years I'll also give you the #36 pick. What do you say?"
Tell me -- do you do that deal? Never a #1 pick again, never a high pick of any kind, never even a lottery pick -- & every year after the lottery you still have to wait to see who gets taken in the next 4 spots before you get any chance at all. That's it. Oh, & every 2 years you get to wait until yet another 24 guys are gone to get your once-every-2-years R2 guy.
Terrible idea, right?
After all, what could you expect to get?
2011 -- Jimmy Butler
2012 -- Draymond Green, Khris Middleton
2013 -- Rudy Gobert
2014 -- Clint Capela, Nikola Jokic
2015 -- Larry Nance (or maybe Montrezl Harrell?)
2016 -- Pascal Siakam, Malcolm Brogdon
2017 -- Jarrett Allen
2018 -- Jalen Brunson, Mitchell Robinson
2019 -- Brandon Clarke
2020 -- we'll have to see, won't we!
2011: I trade the #20 for the #30, #31 #56 & #60 -- that way I still get Jimmy Butler, but I also get Bojan Bogdanovic, E'Twaun Moore & Isaiah Thomas.
In 2012 I get Draymond Green, Khris Middleton, Will Barton & Kyle O'quinn.
2013: Gobert & James Ennis
2014: Capela & Jokic, sure, but also Spencer Dinwiddie & Jerami Grant
2015: Montrezl Harrell, Richaun Holmes, Josh Richardson & Pat Connaughton
2016: stand pat...
2017: Jarrett Allen & Monte Morris
2018: Brunson, Robinson, & Isaac Bonga
2019: Stand pat.
In fact, it doesn't much matter where you pick. There are great players throughout the draft.