NBA Discussion Thread Pt. II
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07-17-2013, 05:07 AM
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In the history of the Knicks, they have generally not been smart with their draft picks. This goes back decades (Gerald Henderson deal, Eddy Curry deal, etc). Dumping a pick to get Bargnani is the latest example. They didn't get anything for Fields, who really dropped off after a strong rookie year. Lin and Copeland were not even Knicks draft picks. The only proven young asset contributor on the team is Shumpert.
Let me put it this way, they dumped all those picks to get rid of bad contracts and so they had the cap space to put together a team that still isn't a real title contender. They have to sit there and hope that in 2015 Rondo and either Aldridge or Love decide what they really want is to form a super team with Anthony.
Of course, if the Celtics land Wiggins or Julius Randle, Rondo's not going anywhere. If the Aldridge/Lillard/Batum core in Portland starts making playoff runs, then Aldridge isn't going anywhere. If the Rubio/Love/Pekovic core finally stays healthy, then Love probably isn't going anywhere. And if Love can't stay healthy then you don't want him anyway.
This is the problem with building through free agency while giving away most of your draft picks. If LeBron decides he doesn't want to come, you're left giving max contracts to guys like Stoudemire.
Yeah, the 2006/2012/2013 Heat are just loaded with Miami draft picks.
And those 2008 Celtics and 2011 Mavs -- what a tremendous job of player development by Danny Ainge with 25% of that roster home grown.
And what stupidity by Kupchak trading two 1st rounders for Pau Gasol and wasting money on Ron Artest. That really came back to bite them in 2010.
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