iggymcfrack wrote:Darko pick might have been the most damaging since there was so much talent behind him, but it was at least slightly understandable at the time. Darko was a difficult player to read and a lot of players thought he would be a big-time talent.
Anthony Bennett on the other hand never showed any potential anywhere of being close to a top talent. He was a middling player at a mid-major school and somehow the Cavs convinced themselves to take him #1. It was possibly the most senseless pick in history.
The thing is, you’re considering the context with one pick, and not the other.
The 2013 draft was considered awful at the time, and it fulfilled those expectations. Nerlens Noel was the closest thing to a “consensus top guy,” and he had enormous question marks...for good reason!
Oladipo was viewed as a “good” player with a very limited ceiling— which is exactly what he was before one unexpected, late breakout year with his 3rd team. You like that at 25th overall, but 2nd? Cody Zeller? Otto Porter? Alex Len? Ben McClemore?
I give the Cavs WAY more of a pass for swinging for the fences when there wasn’t anything remotely close to a true top prospect available than I give some other teams in the OP’s poll.
My Warriors have a decent shot at the top pick overall this year, and unfortunately this draft (at the time) looks like that one. I’m not going to kill them regardless of who they pick, because there really isn’t a “just don’t **** this up” tier of top prospects this year.