With the recent news that the Celtics are apparently leaders in the KLove race, I really think this is a good thing.
Now the report says something like 4 firsts and Sully but I believe that is too much. I say a good deal is 3 firsts (#6, #17 or Clips '15 if we can, and 2016 BKN), Sully and Gerald Wallace. I would like that deal.
Once you get Love in here, you have a starting point. Obviously he's not going to make this team a 55-win #3 seed in the East but he could easily make us a #5-8 seed in the playoffs. Just resign Love and Rondo and that's a starting point.
From there you will be able to eventually trade for or attract other solid role players.
Why do I like this route instead of drafting? Well, at #6 what exactly can we get? Smart, Randle or Gordon? I believe they could all be very solid NBA players but I doubt that they turn into studs. #17 pick is a crapshoot.
Lets take a look at #6 pick over the last few years:
- 2013: Nerlens Noel
- 2012: Damian Lillard
- 2011: Jan Veesley
- 2010: Ekpe Udoh
- 2009: Johnny Flynn
- 2008: Danilo Gallinari
- 2007: Yi Jianlian
- 2006: Brandon Roy
#17 over the years:
- 2013: Dennis Schroeder
- 2012: Tyler Zeller
- 2011: Iman Shumpert
- 2010: Kevin Seraphin
- 2009: Jrue Holiday
- 2008: Roy Hibbert
- 2007: Sean Williams
- 2006: Shawne Williams
so, actually the #17 pick has been more productive over the years. once you get outside the top 5, it's a crap shoot. Look at the Spurs, they have Tim Duncan, then a ton of late 1sts that struck gold in Manu, Parker, and Kawhi. That's the only team.
Look at the Pacers. It took them YEARS to finally get competitive building through the draft and of course their year, they implode.
I would rather take the chances of getting KLove and trying to keep wheeling and dealing to improve than draft a kid at #6 wait a couple years to develop and turns out he's a bust and we're set back even further.
I would rather let DA do what he's really good at: trading. not drafting. DA can build a team through wheeling and dealing.
The NBA draft is nothing. the top 3 is always locks to be good but outside of that, its a crap shoot as to who produces. The whole assets of draft picks is overrated and hopefully other team's GMs love them so we can fleece them and build something.
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