antonac wrote:I'm not sure why anyone is so high on this kid.
Say he's no bust and trends steadily upwards to all-star level. Congrats, you've just drafted the next John Wall/Russell Westbrook, a totally incredible player that your fans will love and win you nothing.
This is what the sixers are now grappling with, they have Ben Simmons, who is clearly brilliant and talented, but will he actually win them anything with his mentality and lack of range? both of these things were well known before the draft. (Simmons gets more of a pass as a gamble because his passing is at times borderline supernatural and at over 6'10 he's a complete physical anomaly, Ja Morant is neither of these things)
If I have the no.2 pick I'm lowkey shopping it around for someone willing to buy high on him and not worry. I'd be perfectly happy with one of the many decent looking wings in this draft.
If Ja has the career arc of Westbrook/Wall, he would be a fantastic pick. Ben Simmons also.
Winning a title, which I can only assume you mean because Westbrook has been to the finals, goes far beyond just the point guard or any one player. Heck, look at Chris Paul. I will take a decade of contention and frustration.