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post #31 of 35
Living here in Phoenix, home of the Arizona Cardinals, I have a plethora of riches to choose from in this category. How about: 2002 - Wendell Bryant - #12 pick 1999 - David Boston - #8 pick 1998 - Andre Wadsworth - #3 pick 1996 - Leeland McElroy - #32 pick Yep - that's what happens when your home team is one of the worst in the game year in and year out.
post #32 of 35
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I'd like to nominate every single draft pick ever made by the Timberwolves, save "” obviously "” Garnett in '95 and maybe Szczerbiak in '99. If the "worst" label were applied on the aggregate of all a franchise's picks, the 'Wolves win in a run-away.
If you think they're bad, check out the Knicks draft record (sans Patrick Ewing). It's a horror show. koji
post #33 of 35
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I'd like to nominate every single draft pick ever made by the Timberwolves, save "” obviously "” Garnett in '95 and maybe Szczerbiak in '99. If the "worst" label were applied on the aggregate of all a franchise's picks, the 'Wolves win in a run-away.
Hell, no. You've obviously never followed the Clippers, one of the worst franchises in sports even as it consisently turn a nice tidy profit for the owner.The Clippers have consisently been bad, and always had lottery picks almost every year. Yet, they've almost never been able to even slide into the playoffs which is evidence of how poor their draft picks were. Compare that to the relative playoff success of the Knicks and the Timberwolves over that same span. Elgin Baylor is like an older Michael Jordan. Great basketball player, but horrible GM. Imagine MJ selecting Kwame Brown every year, and that's more or less Baylor's track record with the NBA Lottery. Timberwolves haven't even been around that long. When they've been sucking it up as long as the Clippers, then we can talk. And, despite how bad the rest of their picks may have been, they got Garnett, a top 50 player, and Wally S. which balances out how bad the rest of their picks may have been. With the Clippers, their best draft pick ever was Danny Manning, #1 pick in 88. Even though he was an all-star and a good player, he was nowhere as good as Garnett or Ewing ever were. The Clippers wasted a #1 pick on Olkawandki, #3 on Benoit Benjamen, etc... I would go on but I've tried my best to suppress any lingering memories about all the draft picks the Clippers wasted. And, with regards to the Arizona Cardianls, David Boston was actually a good pick- a Pro Bowler wide receiver who had both strength and speed.
post #34 of 35
Bradford, I don't know how I could have forgotten, but as you point out Andre Wadsworth was a terrible bust.
post #35 of 35
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I never understood the way Detroit handled Darko. This is the way Detroit's GM, Joe Dumars, spins it: They knew that Darko was a project, and that it would take him a few seasons to develop. Detroit projected that Darko would be the better player in the long run compared to the other players selected after Darko who've been able to contribute immediatley such as Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwayne Wade. Detroit knew that those players were going to be special, but they believe that once Darko develops, he would be better than all those players. Even if you buy that BS, why didn't they simply let Darko continue to develop in Europe where he could get playing time rather than languish on the bench for the past two seasons. Even though Larry Brown has the reputations as a great teacher of the game, he almost never gives rookies playing time. During the Olympics, he even shackled LeBron to the bench. And, Detroit's roster was too deep, Darko wasn't going to get a lot of minutes. Plus, if it was expected to compete for the title, Detroit didn't have games to throw away for the development of a rookie. It just seems Darko has actually regressed the past two seasons by sitting on the bench.
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