Re: James Johnson vs. William Buford vs. Travis Leslie vs....
You're right FC, there is definitely talent available in the late first round, and sometimes even in the second.
Like I said, I was against this trade at the time, and now I just kind of don't care either way. But, James Johnson is only in his 2nd pro year, so we should wait and see if he can accomplish some of the same things guys like Delfino, Brown, Allen and Batum have.
Keep in mind it took Gerald Wallace 4 years to get off the bench, and 5 to become a real positive factor on a team. I don't expect any of the players mentioned in the OP or in your post to become Wallace-like players, but just saying you need to look at both ends of the spectrum.