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Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 at 1:35 pm  |  34 responses

NBA GM on This Year’s Draft: ‘It’s Horrendous’


With the lottery taking place tonight, NBA front-office types aren’t exactly looking forward to this year’s Draft class, to say the least. From Yahoo! Sports: “After the past four drafts produced Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin and John Wall, 2011 isn’t expected to offer any can’t-miss stars. Whoever wins the lottery can’t be sure they’ll receive a franchise-changing player. ‘You can only pick who’s there,’ [Toronto Raptors GM Bryan] Colangelo said. One Western Conference general manager was more succinct in his analysis of this year’s pool of available players. ‘It’s horrendous,’ he said. ‘Every year we always talk about how bad the draft is. This year we really mean it.’ Colangelo considers Duke freshman point guard Kyrie Irving and Arizona sophomore forward Derrick Williams the top prospects available, but said the rest of the draft holds a lot of ‘murkiness.’ Another NBA GM thinks Turkish center Enes Kanter and Lithuanian center Jonas Valanciunas could also merit consideration with the No. 1 pick.”

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  • Heals

    Just goes to show if your gonna be bad, ya better be bad when the draft is good. Otherwise a franchise just gets stuck in a weird limbo of drafting high, but not high enough to make a change…

  • Harlem_World

    It’s not the worst draft, but not the best. The good thing about it is, there are alot of players who could go low first or second round who may pan out to have better careers than some of the projected lottery picks, which puts more pressure on GM’s to do their homework. ‘Can’t miss’ prospects don’t require any work for GM’s and their scouting staff. Don’t complain – DO YOUR JOB and go find the talent.

  • http://countdownnba.blogspot.com/ Clay

    I wish the second GM would have put his name to it, but oh well. This draft is going to require good scouting if you want to see your team come away with a nice player. This may be a good year to draft some foreigners higher than usual.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    This draft was gonna be bad even before the likes of Sullinger, Barnes, Jones and umm…Jones decided to go back to school.
    I don’t think it will be 2000 draft bad. But just a notch above.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uk3FWToczA EJ

    It’s the same draft for everybody.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    This is the worst draft since 01. Next year’s draft will be crazy though, the 10th pick next has a good chance to be better then the 1st pick this year.

  • MikeC.

    This is the kind of draft that will look better in 3 or 4 years. I’m not saying I know which guys are going to pan out, but this just seems like the type of draft that produces a 2nd-round sAll-Star like Arenas or Boozer. It also seems like the kind of draft that the Spurs will take advantage of by finding some obscure European prospect who won’t come to the NBA for a couple years, but is game-ready when he gets here.

  • Jer dawg

    Bad lottery teams will stay bad next season. You can’t sell fans of these cities bulls*** in this draft. Maybe out of lottery picks only 1 player will start on opening day. Maybe 2 if they are lucky. Can’t wait and laugh at teams who are drafting. The owners know about their creating this wave of uncertainty that players will stay at their colleges for at least one more season. Sophomores will flood the 2012 draft. All those sorry teams vying for 1 pick and they are drafting above average players. Ef the owners!

  • http://www.myczechrepublic.com SAB

    Jan Vesely, come on, big up to my Czech homey!!

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Good thing the Cavs got all those picks.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    ‘You can only pick who’s there,’ Great advice, BC. (where’s the sarcasm font)

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    draft is pretty weak, but there are some diamonds in the rough…

  • Bimmer

    I’m pumped people think this draft is weak. Honeycutt is goona fall into the Thunder’s hands and in a couple of years we’re gonna have Kevin Durant extra-lite coming off the bench

  • http://www.tampax.com doyouwantmore

    Every year someone comes out of nowhere and manages to become dominant based on will and determination. This draft will be no different. Sounds like the GM that was quoted can’t see the forest for the trees.

  • http://www.slamonline.com blackvictory23

    please Knicks…don’t draft Jimmer if he’s available

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign Harlem World.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Enes Kanter must be doing something right to still be a potential #1 draft pick despite not playing for an entire year. Kentucky probably could have won the chip with him anchoring the middle.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Kanter’s gonna be good.
    This might be the best draft ever for Euros.
    Kanter, them Lithuanian cats, and Vesely should all turn out decent.

  • RunNGun

    Jimmer to the Knicks! Make it hapen Walsh!

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    This draft has talent, just no clear franchise type guys.

  • baykusreyiz

    kanter is the guy

  • SikhWitIt

    These kinds of statements are, to some degree, a cop out. The appearance of weakness in this draft just means GMs have to do a more thorough job scouting and evaluating players. Superstars have been known to come out of apparently “weak” drafts. Just because there’s no consensus star doesn’t mean the draft is a wash…

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Oh no, no once in a lifetime type of talent at all. How “horrendous.”

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    What clever GMs should do is select from the guys that showed some serious social/academic intellect. If your not going to get the bonafide ‘star’ and be happy to take the social implications along with the stats on game night (ie B Easy), as many ‘experts’ think of this years draft then your better off getting a smart, athletic (possibly blue-collar worker) kid who’s humble and willing to learn the nuances of the NBA game. Don’t worry about looking for the superstar….

  • MikeC.

    @Dacre – Solid idea if you’re running a team that’s playoff-ready and you’re just trying to find some solid bench guys. Crappy if you’re a bad team and you need a savior.

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Kinda like Dacre was saying, I feel these teams too often gamble for ASG talent instead of “settling” for guys that can carve out a niche as solid role players.

  • Waylonakolipse

    B.S., there’ll be good players in the draft. By horrendous does he ‘players without hype’? Because he can’t mean ‘players without skill’.

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    now they can draft some guys who can actually play instead of all those high potential projects that tend to flame out.

  • FLIGHT 9

    ugly draft…. but looking forward for the real KING…. KEMBA WALKER!!!!

  • EtheKnickfan

    Jimmer? To the Knicks? Really? How does he fit in? As for this draft, there were plenty of low drafted players(some not even drafted) that came in and rocked the league. As there were some “can’t miss, next Jordan types” that sucked. So this is a non issue just wait til the kids hit the floor.

  • dsleepy

    Dacre got it right.

  • EtheKnickfan

    2001 draft #1 Kwame Brown-#28 Tony Parker 2002 draft #3 Mike Dunleavy – #35 Carlos Boozer 2003 draft #2 Darko Milicic (Im sayin Bosh,Melo n Wade were picked AFTER this guy!)#51 Kyle Korver. Fancy high picks? ehhhhhhhhhh. Lower picks? Not to bad. Gonna be an interesting draft.

  • tee bone

    I have to agree with this gm. This year, women’s college basketball games were far more interesting than the majority of the men’s games. Too bad, we’ve been spoiled by the ultra talented athletes like Wall, Rose, Love and the many others this last few years

  • Darrell Robinson

    No offense to this GM that says this year’s NBA Draft is horrible, but any draft pick can become a great player. The team does play a great role in developing their draft pick. There are a lot of players in this draft class that can become some of the NBA stars of today. Kyrie Irving could become like Chris Paul. Brandon Knight could become like Deron Williams. Derrick Williams could possibly become like Lebron James (lots of hard work and development). Kemba Walker could become like Allen Iverson at the point guard position. Nolan Smith could become like a more athletic Chauncey Billups. Enes Kanter could become like a more tough Pau Gasol/Mehmet Okur. What ever happened to Rookie Development in the NBA?

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