It's humorous as a non-college follower to watch guys sit here and argue against a pick in a draft where it was long decided that there wasn't much if any separation between 2-5. It's hard not to fall in love with a prospect and I had to fight hard not to fall in love with TRob. At the end of the day however most of us agree we brought in a guy who should be considered well above us all in evaluating what the best pick should be. He's done the research, ran it thru his own database which may well be the most advanced program that evaluates players in the NBA and he's watched these guys personally.
Embrace the guy. As a fan of the team it's in everyone's best interest that he succeed and we need to get behind that. Arguing about it now is like beating a dead dog lying in the ditch.
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Back to the original question ... in my opinion yes. They should have traded down and picked two good prospects rather than one who, to my mind, didn't separate himself from the pack.
I can therefore only assume that Cho disagrees and thinks he did separate himself from the pack and was thus worth the second pick.
I think it's fair to say Cho knows more than I do about MKG, the other prospects and the game in general.
So I support the pick, but maintain my right to be sceptical.
B/c we can draft a player as productive as MKG in any draft from 5-15. We fell in love with the media darling when we could have just as easily traded down and gotten Harkless which would have been much better value.
His projections are a perennial all-defensive type player who is great in transition and finishing with the ball. That alone is not easily found in the 5-15 range. If he adds a good jumper, which many people believe will happen, that easily puts him into the top 5 category.
He may only be a mediocre player for his career. However, I don't think you can justify a guy who was regarded as one of the best players in the nation since he was a junior is only a typical mid-low lottery pick.
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Man all I have to say is Emeka Okafor was the rookie of the year over Dwight Howard. Okafor was more NBA ready that year. See where that got us? Lol, I wanted T-Rob or Barnes myself but I'm going to support MKG and Taylor because I love the team. Crying over spilled milk at this point is getting old as hell.
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I don't think Cho let the media influence the MKG pick at all. I know the "He's a winner. He works hard." narrative is the popular (lazy) story to push for ESPN, The Observer, etc; but I think it minimizes his physical talent/production on the court when they do, especially on the defensive end, where I think he can become elite. His jumper is erratic, to say the least, but at 18 I think it's something he has the time to develop consistency with. No one should expect him to shoulder the load on offense this year, but a guy who's that aggressive in transition and around the rim will find ways to score for you, or create scoring opportunities for his teammates.