Re: Bleacher Report ranks C's as 2nd worst team in NBA
posted at 7/23/2013 2:33 PM EDT
In response to susan250's comment:
In response to wozzy's comment:
Losing doesn't ensure you a top pick, we didn't "lose out on Tim Duncan and Kevin Durant," the NBA hand picks where the top players are going in advance and they tend to go to financially troubled teams and to owners threatening to move... or did you really think LeBron just ended up in Cleveland, Yao ended up wearing China's national color, Durant was enough to launch a franchise in Oklahoma even if he couldn't save Seattle and Duncan saved the Spurs from relocating as well as won a ring for Navy Vet and all around nice guy David Robinson?
If you went back and researched how many team owners who were threatening or planning to move and were "lucky" enough to win the draft lottery, it would blow your mind.
This team is middle of the league right now, or right about where they were with the old players on their roster last season, they could go 2nd in the Atlantic if everything goes right... but at least there's hope for the future.
Very interesting theory. I certainly hope that you are wrong but I believe that this could possibly happen.
Not sure I buy the conspiracy theory, but I get the point that being bad is no guarantee that you get the top pick. That being said, this team could use an infusion of young talent. Ridding your team of vets with no future here and playing young, inexperienced guys will have two benefits:
1) the young guys develop and you make a judgement about whether they're keepers or trade bait
2) young teams don't win -- and having a shot at a high lottery pick after you've decided to rebuild could advance the rebuilding process dramatically if you get the right guy
If I'm Danny, I tell Rondo to take all the time he needs coming back. I'd play Melo, Bradley, Sullinger, Pressey, Brooks and Olynyk as many minutes as possible and see what you've got. Guys like Wallace, Humphries, Bass and Lee should be traded for anything Danny can get, such as shorter contracts or picks.