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03-13-2012, 04:53 PM
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Originally Posted by LeMAD View Post
Between the picks #2 and #10 this year, there's not much difference at this point. So obviously "tanking" would be pointless, and finishing the season with strong performances would be a lot better for the future of the team than getting a better pick.
Hindsight will probably show that some of those picks were a heck of a lot better than others. If you pick 8th, 7 of your possible choices are already gone. If you pick 3rd, only two of them are. Certainly you can blow the pick, but in terms of finding a franchise player you have much more choice picking 2nd than you do picking 10th. It cost Toronto a 2nd and 3rd round pick to move from #7 to #5 a few years ago. Clearly GMs think there's a premium on top 5 picks.

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