Originally Posted by Smoke117
You ALWAYS draft the best player and not what you need. Just like Boston did when they drafted Tatum, but already had Hayward and Brown.
Hayward signed 2 weeks after the draft so they didn't already have Hayward when they drafted Tatum. Jaylen Brown can play 2-guard just as well as the 3.
Regardless, lets say you consider drafting Tatum. Who here expected Tatum to be this good? Nobody. Not even Celtics front-office. Most fans & scouts/analysts felt Lonzo would be the better player at time of the draft in June 2017. Everyone, including Celtics fans, were surprised when Tatum was drafted at the 3rd slot and were surprised to see him be that good out of the gate.
Besides, if we drafted Tatum then that would erase any reason to draft Kuzma in the 20s. Plus, Russell was traded only because we decided to draft Lonzo. So we would have drafted Tatum & Hart, and that's it. No Lonzo, no Kuzma, no Lopez, no KCP and we would have ended up keeping Russell+Mozgov, which means no spending money either in summer 2018. We would win fewer games most likely and still be wondering today if we even have a decent core to build the future around. Everything changes with just one little change to who we draft at 2.
People don't realize that when they play the 'if' game, they also have to consider the other dominos that fell in original scenario no longer falling in new scenario. You change 1 factor and other factors change as well in response. For instance, consider the 1984 draft. If Blazers or Rockets draft Jordan, does that mean Jordan still wins 6 championships? No, we don't know that because everything else changes as well to go with that simple change of Jordan being drafted earlier. The conference Jordan plays changes as well so we are talking about a whole different ballgame.