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Old 05-21-2009, 05:00 AM   #40
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Default Re: Rubio Doesn't Want To Go To Memphis or OKC?

Originally Posted by joe
Explain to me how the draft process works? The same teams are in the lottery every season. Every now and then a franchise drafts a true hero, think Lebron or Dwight, and manages to escape the cellar. But other than that it's a laundry list of familiar faces; the Clippers, Bucks, Pacers, Bobcats, Golden State, Minnesota, Memphis, Sacramento. Again and again these teams are rewarded for their ineptitude, and again and again they wind up praying to the ping-pong ball gods.

The draft process works because you're giving the worst teams the best prospects. It would make no sense to give the best prospects in the draft to the good teams. How exactly would you like it to work?

The draft gives those teams that stuggle a chance to have a successful player and future. In each draft, there's only so many guys that will actually become a special talent. The draft is hit or miss. Another option teams have is to trade the draft picks for players already in the NBA. It's less lopsided to have the worst teams given the best talent from the draft than any other way.

In premise, the lottery system sounds stellar. You give the struggling teams a better chance at getting the next superstar, thus halting any one small group of teams to continually dominate the league. But in practice it promotes tanking, rewards mediocre GM's, and forces the best young players to spend the first 4-5 years of their career playing for the L.A. Clippers of the universe.

Got a better way to do it? It's how things have work with sport drafts because it's really the only logical way to do it. A lot of those young players have gone to crappy places and made something of it. If they prove to be a dominant talent, teams will usually build on that. If a player turns out to be mediocre, then they're just as screwed as they were the previous seasons. It's not a reward, it's just fair.

Ricky Rubio and Yi are only the first peel of the banana. Soon enough a foreign league will emerge that's willing to pay American rookies bigger money than the rookie scale. And when it's that or the Memphis Grizzlies, learning Spanish/Greek/French doesn't sound so bad.

Until that day, they need to just suck it up and stop complaining. The draft is what it is, no prospect should have the power to decide which city picks them. They know how the NBA works, if anything about it sounds unappealing, then don't join that league.

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