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Not getting to attached to drafted players


The draft is only a fraction of the answer. We need to be ready to trade off some of our draft picks for proven players, and some of our promising players for proven players. Now this is not to be done blindly. If the team has done well drafting we should have 1-2 players that we keep. Not even the best 1-2 drafted players but the right mix to go with the players you want to acquire. I base this theory on solid historical asset acquisition for championship teams. In my research the Spurs proved to be the only championship team where the top 3 players where drafted by the team. This made them the outlier. Most teams only drafted one of their top 3 players, acquiring the others by trade or free agency. In some cases teams used sign and trades but it could be argued those were still free agency acquisitions. Here are a list of the championship teams since 2000.

San Antonio Spurs 3 drafted

Miami Heat 1 drafted 2 acquired through F/A , trade.

Dallas Mavericks 1 drafted 2 acquired through F/A, trade. (Jason Kidd was drafted by Dallas but played for several years on other teams)

LA Lakers 1 drafted 2 acquired through F/A or trade. Could debate if A. Bynum is among the top 3 players on this team. I don't think he was. This teams top 3 would change from game to game with only K Bryant really being the constant. Might be a bit of anti Bynum bias from my part as well.

boston celtics 1 drafted 2 acquired through F/A or trade.

San Antonio Spurs 3 drafted

Miami Heat 1 drafted 2 acquired through F/A or trade

San Antonio Spurs 3 drafted.

Detroit Pistons. 0 drafted 3 acquired through F/A or trade. Only T Price was drafted.

San Antonio Spurs. 3 drafted

LA Lakers. 1 drafted 1 acquired via F/A. I don't really think they had a consistent top third player with R Fox, D Fisher, and R Horry all filling in the role when required.

While the draft plays a big role we need to see that some of these players including our favorites might just be a means to a end. Hopefully if the chance arises our front office can maximize the assets. The plan maybe a multi year plan but I have faith that the front office will be able to adapt and develop a new plan if the chance becomes available. If we could obtain a K Love and another player unlikely to stay with their current team that might just be worth what we have to trade away. Either way we seem to have a smart focused front office, along with a ownership willing to take risks. A smart, focused, and player development savvy coaching staff. We have many assets, and cap space. This is a team with a bright future one way or the other.

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