I wanted to look at how our front ofice has done over the 4 drafts, look at hits and misses, and then evaluate. I think the problem we have is systemic: our front office people are poor evaluators of talent.
2004: A weak draft. We picked 2nd and took Okafor after Orlando took "the man child". I cannot fault that pick, I do not think we missed out on anyone else.
2005. We took Ray with 5th and May with 13th. Since we just missed out on Williams and Paul, I think I'm OK with Ray at 5th - I'm warming up to him. But, May was a disaster. You do not pick Pro players just because you think they will draw some people due to where they played!! You pick the guy who can be best, and help you win. Winning draws people to the game. I was screaming for Danny Granger, who slipped to us at 13th but we passed. He fell to 17th. A solid 18 pt 6 reb / game guy. We would have had no issue w/ the 4 spot.
2006: We take Morrison 3rd. How many of us were saying "forget the marketability matter, go for the best Player". I was a Rudy Gay man, but also liked Brandon Roy. I know many of you were the same. Ammo's numbers, we all know. Gay:18 pts 5 reb Roy: 18.5 pts and 3.5 reb / game. Enough said.
2007: We have 8th and 22nd. We trade Wright at 8th for J-Rich and draft Dudley at 22. I like Dudley at 22. But I have a feeling we missed out on Sean Williams. People were worried about his attitude, but he is only a Rookie, plays 20 min/ game and is already at 8.5 pts and 4.5 reb / game. He is going to be a solid Pro. I am unsure of what Wright will become, but I sure think Williams is going to be good.
Bottom line: We are barely shooting 50% on our picks, and these were all pretty good areas in which to pick. The problem is our front office evaluators or talent. They want to stay with college players they think people will want to see just b/c of where they went to school. WRONG STUPIDS!! People want the best players! Outr people make poor decisions, and that is what has cost us in the drafts and has us in this predicament.
The cure: I really beleive that we the fans are quite smart. We watch the college game, we know who is good, who is a bust-risk, and we discuss it on the Board. Management tends to overthink matters, and they blow it. they should have someone monitor BobcatsPlanet, look at what we are all saying, how we feel, etc... Take our pulse and see what our eyes are seeing. Listen to us for one, and we will not lead you astray MJ! Oh, and in this draft, don't even think about Tyler Hansbrough - stay away! Cannot run the floor at the Pro level. He has heart, but cannot run the floor at this level.