I feel like if there is a clear group of 2 or 3 draftees that separate themselves from the pack, then maybe you go ahead and draft them if you are so lucky. But if the Hornets are stuck in that 4 through 8, Sacramento King-type draft purgatory, looking for a game changer might be difficult. We'd be spinning our wheels. Fact is, outside of AD, our core is Eric Gordon, Ryan Anderson, Greivis Vasquez, Robin Lopez and Jason Smith all of those players will be at their best in the next 2-3 years. Austin Rivers is talented project. Anthony Davis is short term and long term cornerstone, but clearly your preference for him would be to experience winning sooner rather later. I think we should, and Dells actions speak to this, be shooting for some immediate help in the form of a younger veteran.
Brandon Jennings, anyone?
It seems to me like we'll have the cap space to bring in a young vet (or two, depending on price-Anderson came in at 8M) without giving up a draft pick to do so. I think everyone's ready for the develop-talent-and-lost phase to be over, but as a smaller market we need to keep picking up cheaper talent when we can. OKC didn't mortgage picks to get where they are. They kept them and are getting value for them now even if they aren't playing for OKC anymore.
say we get the 3rd overall pick, just like okc was gonna trade harden for a top 3 pick could we possibly trade it for someone like Cousins or paul george?
Execs saying they would probably trade the 1st overall in this draft. I realize its early, but its interesting.
Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com surveyed 35 NBA executives, most of whom said they'd rather trade the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft than select from a thoroughly disappointing crop of prospects that lacks a franchise-changer like last year's No. 1, Anthony Davis (Twitter link). One GM called the field, "The worst I've ever seen."
This is a weak draft but it has some value at the tip top.
Fair point, but in that case you give up our draft pick and our cap space, instead of just losing the cap space. For me, that young vet would have to be a game changer. There's going to be talent we can get this offseason without losing our draft pick in the process.
Edit: This was supposed to quote Slim above.
this draft is good if u have a top 5 pick, thats about it
Here's who to root for tonight in order of importance:
Minnesota over New Orleans (5-16) - obvious
Washington (3-16) over LA Lakers - Wizards just beat Heat; could Lakers reach new Kobe-era low? We can only hope
Toronto (4-19) over Dallas
Cleveland (5-18) over Milwaukee - we could pass Cleveland for 3rd worst record with good results tonight
Detroit (7-17) over Brooklyn
Sacramento (7-14) over OKC
Orlando (8-13) over Golden State
Phoenix (8-15) over Utah
To me, the worst case scenario is that OKC gets the #4 pick. So, do I root for Toronto to tank and finish with the worst record and a high chance at a top 3 pick that they would keep or do I root for them to win as much as possible, reducing their chances at a top 3 pick (and likely increasing ours), but practically ensuring OKC gets a top 5-8 pick this year?
OKC plays Real Life NBA like a video game... They will be a good team for a VERY long time.
The only thing I really know about Toronto is that their baseline artwork makes me dizzy. It took me all of last season to figure that out and now whenever I watch a game at their arena I just stare at the 3d visual instead of the game. Hate it.
Friday Night Scores:
Wizards (3-17) lost a tough one to the desperate Lakers
Toronto beats Dallas and is now 5-19
Cleveland (5-19) loses a tough one to Bucks. With Irving back we should hopefully pass them soon
Detroit (7-18) lost in 2OT to Nets. Looking much better though shouldn't threaten our draft slot
Sacramento (7-15) lost to OKC.
Orlando beats Golden State and is now 9-13
Phoenix (9-15) beats Utah
good night draft-wise our Bees played hard and well yet lost to a playoff team.
Magic, Raptors, Suns all win. Cavs and Pistons looked really good. Wizards showed some spunk. And we're now even in the win column with Toronto and Cleveland and SHOULD pass each of them for the 2nd spot in the ping pong ball pecking order over the next six games. Fingers crossed for some positive results for our Bees.
12/16 @ Portland LOSS
12/18 @ Golden State LOSS
12/19 @ Lob City LOSS
12/21 @ San Antonio LOSS
12/22 v's Pacers LOSS
12/26 @ Magic LOSS
12/28 THE SHOWDOWN - vs Raptors ?!?!?!
I know it's probably overly optimistic for us to hope for the worst record overall, but I'd be thrilled with a second place record going into 2013.
I'm in for the full tank. Be competitive, get better but lose. The Hornets also need to deal Puddin and his bum wheel for whatever they can get.
AWWWW I love the smell of tank in here. IT'S BEAUTIFUL. I wana our team to suck for at least two more years
I'll be at the BMO Harris Bradley Center tonight watching the greatest Hornet of all time lead Los Angeles against my adopted Bucks :crytear:
Lots of big games for our Hornets tonight though. Root for...
Charlotte (7-15) over Orlando (9-13) on a baba
Cleveland (5-19) over the Knickerbockers
Washington (3-19) over the Heat
Detroit (7-18) over the Pacers
Hopefully at least one of those hits. I'll try not to cry as I watch CP3 in the wrong colors.
With Raptors win and Hornets loss tonight we now have the 3rd highest allotment of ping pong balls in the Association.
What's even more promising is that with Kyrie Erving back for the Cavaliers and our ridiculous schedule over the next 6 games we should definitely improve to 2nd most ping pong balls very shortly. Who knows - maybe the Wizards will even win a few???