Originally Posted by kobesabi
Kobe was not on many teams top pick. Kobe was shunned by many teams and was not even top 10 pick. He landed #13
He could have been lucky or one of their people did their homework to encourage their FO to give him a temporary contract.
To answer your question, it was because the majority were waiting on the obvious while someone sees differently in them. Which brings back to my point, despite what others see, at the end of the day, it matter what you (GM, your scouts, your staffs etc) see in that candidate and how or what potential you see the fit for him to your team - NOT what others see in the value in them. If you see something while others don't, that is going to be an advantage or a steal and maybe a diamond in a rough. By the time many people see something, it is no longer a steal and you won't get it easily. If you are a good picker, you would hope to see something that noone else sees to give you an edge over others. But yes, it could have been just pure luck for Knicks...but someone must see something in Lin when others shunned away toward him to offer him temporary contract while Lakers didn't even bother or slow to respond.
Anyway, I'm trying to say a good picker don't have to be on the wait until the obvious but can see a little more than the obvious before it become clear.
To answer Lakerfreak's comment about why Michael Jordan was not selected 1st in the draft
These are the type of questions that are asked by young people....anyone around at the time knows the answer to this.
Every hear of Clyde Drexler.....you know Clyde "The Glide" Drexler......a college and NBA legend one of the Top 50 greatest of all time, 10 time All-Star...Original Dream Team Member........that guy?
Well he was on the Portland Trailblazers, playing the same spot as MJ, the team needed a center so they drafted the best center available in Sam Bowie......this was a move strictly based on team need (A point you miss).
If Drexler was not on the team they would've drafted MJ.
It wasn't like they didn't know about him. Michael Jordan was cut from his High School VARSITY team as a freshman in favor of a Senior whom i played pickup ball with a few years ago, a friend of mine was on that team.
MJ still played on the JV team that season....it wasn't like he was unable to play at school. Another tidbit for you, playing for North Carolina on the 1982 Championship team, Jordan was the #3 guy behind James Worthy and Sam Perkins. Worthy led the team in scoring. Jordan was just a freshman.