|Posted by shawn cassidy on November 10, 2013 at 11:50 PM|
I take a breath and I wait. As I'm typing this, I wonder if maybe I’m overbearing about this subject matter. Will I hit all the notes, or will it be more like a jam session. If I could just comprehend this misconception. Why would we, as fans want out team to tank games? Why would hope our rookie coach Brad Stevens the worst season possible. That's not good mentally for any coach, and for any core group of guys. The pro tankers keep saying this is the deepest draft in history, or one of them for that matter.
Is this the 2003 draft all over again? I don't know, but what about the past 10 years in draft history?
|Year||Team||No. 1 overall pick||School/Country|
|2012||New Orleans Hornets||Anthony Davis||Kentucky|
|2011||Cleveland Cavaliers||Kyrie Irving||Duke|
|2010||Washington Wizards||John Wall||Kentucky|
|2009||Los Angeles Clippers||Blake Griffin||Oklahoma|
|2008||Chicago Bulls||Derrick Rose||Memphis|
|2007||Portland Trail Blazers||Greg Oden||Ohio State|
|2006||Toronto Raptors||Andrea Bargnani||Italy|
|2005||Milwaukee Bucks||Andrew Bogut||Utah|
|2004||Orlando Magic||Dwight Howard||SW Atlanta Christian Academy|
|2003||Cleveland Cavaliers||LeBron James||St. Vincent-St. Mary HS (OH)|
There is only one player in that group of top picks who has a ring. Howard is a headache, but again he is one of the best centers in the game. It took him 5 seasons to reach a Finals, and that's major accomplishment. But Howard has proven that he's not worthy of the number one guy on a team, at least anymore. He hasn't evolved. Bogut has been good, but not an All-Star. But the injuries could play a part in that. Bargnani? Oden? Both didn't pan out. Rose is one of the best in the game, but I'll put my money where my mouth is. Rondo is a better point guard. Griffin is a nice star, but he's not "the guy". He's a great second guy.
John Wall hasn't proven anything yet. Irving has a lot of hype, but he hasn't proven anything yet. Davis is only in his second year.
Here is the top five's for each draft.
|2||PHI||Evan Turner||Ohio State|
|3||NJN||Derrick Favors||Georgia Tech|
|3||OKC||James Harden||Arizona State|
2008 (Now that was a great top 5, besides Beasley)
|2||MIA||Michael Beasley||Kansas State|
|3||MIN||O.J. Mayo||Southern California|
|1||POR||Greg Oden||Ohio State|
|4||MEM||Mike Conley||Ohio State|
|4||POR||Tyrus Thomas||Louisiana State|
|2||ATL||Marvin Williams||North Carolina|
|4||NOH||Chris Paul||Wake Forest|
|5||CHA||Raymond Felton||North Carolina|
|1||ORL||Dwight Howard||Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy|
|4||LAC||Shaun Livingston||Peoria Central HS (IL)|
The 2003 draft was James, Darko, Melo, Bosh,and Wade. If you look at all of this what do you get out of it? Let's start with Rose.The Bulls didn't have to do much for him. They had Deng already, and they drafted Noah the year before at the 9th pick. They added Boozer as a free agent during the 2010 summer. The Bull also have one of the best coaches. If Rose was drafted by the Wizards. Would he be on a contenting team? I don't know if the Bulls are contenders this year. In 2011 the Bulls were, and in 2012 before the injury. Last year he didn't play. Now Rose is coming back to a team who may have changed without him. Time will tell.
What team sticks out to you? The Thunder? Do you expect the Celtics to get that lucky? That's a freak accident. That just doesn't happen. They couldn't even hang onto Harden. Let's look at the Pacers. A team on the rise. They drafted Hibbert 17th in the 2008 draft, and George was drafted 10th in the 2010 draft. David West was a veteran All-Star who they picked up on the free agent market. The Pacers already had Granger, who hasn't played that much in the past couple of years, but they also have others they've drafted, or traded for. George Hill was a good add.
A lot of the players above are All-Star type players, but franchise altering players. I'll give you my top 5 list of the best players from the 50 players above.
1. James (Top Pick)
2. Durant (2nd Pick)
3. Rose (Top Pick)
4. Westbrook ( 4th pick)
5.Kevin Love (5th pick)
People are wanting a savior. But I think one fact remains. Danny figured it out, and it's been the model for most teams. If you want to win you need a veteran team with the right mix of youth. Danny did the right thing by trading almost every young player on the Celtics for KG, and Ray Allen. Danny got a title out of it, and the Celtics should have one at least one more title from 2009-2012. Injuries played a part in all of that. But the fact remains. You need veterans to win, and I think Danny's intentions are simple. Try to repeat some of the same old tricks from his 2007 blockbuster summer. He won't be able repeat exactly. But I think Rondo is his Pierce, and he'll figure out how to build around Rondo. Because I stick by this. Rondo is one of those once in a lifetime players.
not say that the C's make a steal at the 10th pick somehow, or at the
15th pick. Who really knows. The odds that the Celtics grab that number
one pick is slime, even if they finish with the worst record in the NBA.
The ping pong balls say the Celtics have a higher chance if they finish
with the worst record. But we've seen what's happened in the past. Does
1997, and 2007 ring a bell. Like I said this post was a jam session. I
think Danny's ideal solution is to build this team quickly, but the
right way. He's made comments in the past about top picks. But I think
he knows that the Celtics can't wait 5 years. He has a clock on Rondo,
and I honestly believe he's looking to the summer of 2015 to sure up
this team as a contender.