D4rk 0ne wrote:I really think a top 5 pick is out of the question at this point unless Monta and/or Jackson get injured. We've been playing better and better while dealing with injuries and facing a bevy of tough opponents; now we're getting back most of our injured guys and facing a relatively easy schedule for a little while. I see us landing at eight or even nine overall the way things are going. And to be honest that's quite alright with me.
A 4-6 overall draft pick is not in high demand, particularly not in a year like this that lacks elite talent at the top of the draft. The teams that need young talent will be picking ahead of us, and the teams that want to find someone to develop can find that later on in the first round just as easily as they could in the top ten. We'll be EXTREMELY lucky to engineer a trade for our first round pick regardless of where we fall -- unless we somehow land a top two pick, in which case I'd rather just take Griffin since we need more interior players and he is going to be really good.
So I'd rather play hard and win as many games as we can, giving the young guys their fair share of opportunities (and showcasing them for potential trades in the process). At this point I'm quite happy with what we're doing and I hope it continues. We won't make the playoffs, but how many people here honestly expected us to, even before Baron opted out? Sure, there was hope... But I remember a general air of agreement that we'd be lucky to sneak into the playoffs.
Every draft has quite a few good players that have impact in the nba, some right away, others in two or three years or so. Getting a high pick, be it top 5 or top 10, is always going to get something in a trade. There is always a team that is willing to give something good for a high draft pick.
I think the team should try to win as many games as possible, but I also think the team should be "smart" and not try too hard, now what I mean.....
A top 7 pick is desirable, as the higher the pick, higher the value in a trade ofcourse. In a package with one of the two large contracts (talking about Maggette and Crawford here), one of the young guards (Azu or Belinelli), that high pick will get a very good player.
The aim is to get better and right now the team has too many players that deserve alot of court time and some of those will get little court time and spend most of the time on the bench, like Belinelli. A very good PG is the biggest need right now, next is a well used PF (as BWright and Randolph are not used much) and the more talent to give, the better chance of getting that