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    Quote Originally Posted by PELICANSFAN View Post
    Because minimum deals are usually stop gap lower level players (unless you are a large market title contender) and turn over almost annually. A draft pick typically is locked in for a longer period and may develop into a solid contributor. It also helps having a GM that does not give out albatross contracts that require the wasting of 1st rounders to dump.
    If the entire argument is based off of low cost players filling rosters around superstars then draft picks are usually some of the worst. They either don't produce early enough to be relevant or you spend the time developing them and they require you to break the bank to keep them. While you can grab a vet and plug him in for cheap and he will usually produce just as good or better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mythrol View Post
    If the entire argument is based off of low cost players filling rosters around superstars then draft picks are usually some of the worst. They either don't produce early enough to be relevant or you spend the time developing them and they require you to break the bank to keep them. While you can grab a vet and plug him in for cheap and he will usually produce just as good or better.
    Certainly you would not a whole team of draft picks, but you have to build a roster that has some value today AND in the future. Teams do not turn over their roster every year. Every so often, it does not hurt to have a cheaper developmental player via a 1st round pick. Those player have the potential to have value in many ways whether it be their salary, their potential development into a contributor or value in a trade. Taking the approach of dumping 1st rounders and just filling a roster with league minimum players would not have helped us build our roster via the Cousins trade. First rounders have value in ways other than dumping GM's bad decisions or adding marginal players to a roster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PELICANSFAN View Post
    Certainly you would not a whole team of draft picks, but you have to build a roster that has some value today AND in the future. Teams do not turn over their roster every year. Every so often, it does not hurt to have a cheaper developmental player via a 1st round pick. Those player have the potential to have value in many ways whether it be their salary, their potential development into a contributor or value in a trade. Taking the approach of dumping 1st rounders and just filling a roster with league minimum players would not have helped us build our roster via the Cousins trade. First rounders have value in ways other than dumping GM's bad decisions or adding marginal players to a roster.
    I agree with this, which is why I disagreed with the first post I quoted from you. I don't think draft picks is actually about cap management because minimum vets are usually better ( especially early on) and cheaper. Draft picks are about long term control of players.

  4. #29
    Updated Mock Drafts

    https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/2...-in-the-top-5/

    Pick 19 - Bruce Brown - sg - (Miami)

    http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nb...ba-mock-draft/

    Pick 19 - PJ Washington - pf- Kentucky

    http://www.nbadraft.net/2018mock_draft

    Pick 17 - Kris Wilkes - SF - UCLA
    Pick 47 -Borisa Simanic - SF/PF- Serbia

    http://www.tankathon.com/mock_draft

    Pick 17 - Lonnie Walker - SG- Miami

    http://www.nbadraftroom.com/p/2018-nba-mock-draft.html

    Pick 18 - Hamidou Diallo SG 6-5 Kentucky
    If you Jimmer it, they will come.

  5. #30
    Updates Mock Drafts

    http://www.nbadraft.net/2018mock_draft
    Pick 15 - Gary Trent Jr.- sf - Duke

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2...leads-the-pack
    Pick 16 - Trae Young PG - Oklahoma

    https://www.si.com/nba/2017/12/04/nb...-marvin-bagley
    Pick 16 - MIKAL BRIDGES, SF, VILLANOVA

    https://247sports.com/ContentGallery...t-111806283/17
    Pick 15 - Bruce Brown- SG- Miami

    http://www.tankathon.com/mock_draft
    Pick 16 - Džanan Musa - SF - KK Cedevita

    http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nb...ba-mock-draft/
    Pick 19 - PJ Washington - PF - Kentucky

    http://www.mynbadraft.com/NBA-Mock-Draft
    Pick 15 - Džanan Musa - SF - KK Cedevita

    https://www.fanragsports.com/2018-nb...ember-edition/
    17. New Orleans Pelicans: Mikal Bridges, Villanova SF

    http://www.nbadraftroom.com/p/2018-nba-mock-draft.html
    Pick 18 - Lonnie Walker - sg- Miami

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    I'm liking Mikal Bridges. A lot. Like, as in I think he'd be PERFECT for us. Basically a Kawhai Leonard clone.

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    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2...doncic-go-no-1
    18. New Orleans Pelicans: Anfernee Simons IMG, PG

    http://www.nbadraft.net/2018mock_draft
    15 New Orleans Jarred Vanderbilt SF Kentucky Fr.

    https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/2...k-him-at-no-4/
    18 PELICANS Dzanan Musa, Bosnia (SF)

    http://www.tankathon.com/mock_draft
    17 Troy Brown SG Oregon

    https://fansided.com/2018/01/18/2018...ncic-hawks/10/
    21 New Orleans Pelicans: Anfernee Simons IMG pg

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