Second, we all know KG, Kobe, Jermaine, and T-Mac were pioneers in the modern age of drafting of high schoolers. Teams didn't know what to expect, and felt it was too much of a risk at that time. But put those guys into drafts in the 2000s, they're all #1 or #2 picks. So that doesn't matter either.
It's like if a team had Kobe, and he was only putting up 7 points, and finishing off the year with 4 straight airballs against the Jazz in a playoff game, are they gonna say, "yep, I knew it, this kid ain't cut out for the league"? No, you give them a chance to see what they can do, especially if they show flashes and have a great work ethic.
How do we know if we can bail on a player quickly? Its all about attitude and work ethic. Sean May was destined to bust because he'd rather party downtown and drink than work on getting fit and practicing his moves. Morrison wasn't cut out for it because he didn't have the mentality to handle tough pressure. He crumbled when given the chance, not just here, but in other stops as well. MKG is tough minded and lives in the gym, so I don't think we can write him off until the end of his rookie contract.
I just want to chime in hear again with Harrison Barnes, he spent two years in college and he has struggled this year as well: http://www.nba.com/playerfile/harrison_barnes/
Those stats are actually worse than MKG, so if we havent drafted MKG I am pretty sure it was going to be Barnes or Robinson and both have struggled this year
Thats what I'm saying though, you didn't list all the teenagers that started slow and didn't amount to anything. its an acceptable gamble to take a lower skilled project young guy with a late lottery pick or late first rounder. but like my list shows, when you pick a young guy in the top 3 its because there isn't much risk, he's ready to play at a high level now. Yeah maybe he turns into Crash, maybe he turns into Marvin Williams. I didn't like that Cho admitted in the draft doc that he was making decisions based on fit, something that goes against what he's claimed is his own philosophy. The idea that we might have passed on Beal, Drummond, Lillard because of their fits with Hendo, Bismack, or Kemba is kinda nauseating.
To say a top 3 pick shouldn't have much risk, then turn around and say its kinda nauseating we passed on Drummond makes no sense to me.
To even be arguing MKG as the wrong pick makes no sense to me because just last year we were all complaining about how much of a bust Kemba was, and this year he's better than that Lillard guy everybody is slurping.
Last years draft was a crapshoot. That was stated all along. My guess is Beal and Barnes didn't project to have the tools necessary to be a legit #1 option, Robinson was apparently redundant with what we already have, and Drummond was too much of a risk for a 6 other teams too.
Funny thing is, it could still all work out either way because McLemore looks like a taller, more athletic Beal.
Take the teenager thing out for a second. How many rookies have struggled their first few years, then turned it around to become great once they figured it out. Yes, there are many more failures than success stories, but if you give up on every single player that doesn't produce immediately, then you'll have a terrible, revolving door franchise that can't keep talent, will miss out on many later developing players, and won't get free agents since the team will have a reputation of not taking care of their players.
Add the teenager thing back in - it is a huge adjustment in playing against average athletes who aren't that skilled in high school and college, and then jumping to the best athletes in the world who train professionally to earn a living. Then there's the lifestyle adjustment, as they haven't been on their own as long. Some people have great families to fall back on, MKG may have a tougher home situation to adjust to as he lost his father figure just recently, who had been taking care of him since his father died.
You can't judge how good a cake is until it is done baking, and all the frosting is added. Won't you wait for the MKG cake? We just put it in the oven.
Maybe, but I'm wary cause it seems like everything this team bakes ends up tasting nasty in the end
except Kemba. He's delicious. most of the time anyway, sometimes still gross. like angelfood cake
Last edited by CatNation; 03-03-2013 at 12:00 PM.
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SOMEONE will pay for THIS!
Our 2nd overall pick 6'7 235lb sf just spent an entire quarter guarded by jimmer fredette and looked like the worst player in the lineup
I would imagine even the biggest homers are starting to feel the disappointment creeping in
Tonight in the first 8 minutes is the MKG I think we'll consistently see for 30-35 minutes of a game by his third or fourth year. He was playing with confidence, the team was making their shots and so was he. But when all the wheels fell off, the same kinda happened for him. I think if we can get him in a winning environment (if that's possible) he'll be a hell of a player. 10 pts and 6 rebounds for a 19 year old is not bad, he's gonna be good. We know he'll work his ass off this offseason and I think much like Kemba in his second year he'll come back with fire, enthusiasm, and confidence. He just looks drained right now and like it's hard for him to keep going... HE'S NEVER LOST BEFORE. Winning is contagious, if this team can ever start winning I think that'll transform him. You guys get what I'm saying? I'm not worried about MKG. Remember the player he was early in the year when he was fresh and we were winning? He was the player we expected him to be, he was the best rookie in the league. Team started losing, the games piled up and I think he's just ready for the offseason honestly, do you blame him? You guys get where I'm coming from?
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