Originally Posted by SMC
That's the nature of the NBA. All the top players (with few exceptions) are lottery picks.
The Sonics hit gold in back-to-back years in drafting Durant & Westbrook. A lot of teams crap the bed in the draft. The Sonics then Thunder lucked out, but they also made good basketball decisions.
That's where I think the Nets blew it. They shouldve went the draft route rather than chace the LeBron then DWill pipe dream. DWill signs with Dallas as rumored and the Nets will have no one to open up their new $1B arena.
Agree with all this. San Antonio is, to me, the paradigm of front-office excellence. They got Parker at the end of Round 1 and Ginobili at the end of Round 2. They also made numerous astute trades and picks over the years to maintain a strong supporting cast (including George Hill who they then flipped for a pick that they used on Kawhi Leonard). All that said, they wouldn't be where they are today without winning the lottery in Duncan's draft year.