Originally Posted by cincrazy
Normally, I'm a big proponent of building through the draft. NFL. MLB. But the NBA is so much harder to accomplish that. Outside of the top 10 guys, a lot of these guys never make a serious impact. The picks they get in those trades are likely to be in the 20s, and may not even play in the league. And if they do, chances are they're just solid, league average players. That's it.
As far as their own picks are concerned, they have a much better shot of adding a difference-maker. But even that isn't a guarantee. You're relying on the lottery, and even if you DO hit in the lottery, you're praying there's a franchise-changing player sitting there for you, and not Andrew Bogut or Kwame Brown.
But, that is the game. Aside from maybe a great QB in the NFL, no other sport is impacted by one player like the NBA. And, the only way for most teams to get that one player is in the lottery. So, teams are stuck in a tough position. Orlando, Houston, and New Orleans all bottomed out to get a potential franchise guy. NO got Davis and time will tell whether he is that guy, but the Magic and Rockets are going that same route.