njknicks wrote:NBA teams need to re-evaluate how the look at players.
Why trade up when you can have diamonds in the ruff if you stand pat.
You have recent MVPS ( Jokic / Giannis ) drafted completely outside of top 10 - Jokic in the 2nd round - and plenty of other examples of great players lurking.
Both Jokic / Giannis really is a testament to the Nuggets & Bucks going all in on there player development and investing fully into the players growth.
It is a confidence curve, you can draft start players later, but they are more likely earlier. You can simply look up the stats and see the likelihood. You can also tell, to some degree, how good the confidence is in any given draft. You know drafts where there are guys that simply stand out compared to other guys, and you can rarely trade for those guys anyway.
Quite simply, if I'm the Cavs and I can get #5 and #8 for #3, then I take that deal only if I believe there isn't a big gap between #3 and #5 in my personal board. If I'm on the fence with the guy available at #3 then sure. If I think he is a different tier, then odds are that in a typical draft, the #8 talent probably has a median outcome of low end starter, I don't sacrifice a guy I think has star potential for one that I'm less certain on due to that.