Posted 05 January 2014 - 12:46 AM
I've thought about this as well...
And you're right, I get the feeling that among our fan base, Cho is well-liked. I think his background and having helped build the Thunder, as well as NOT being Rod Higgins have all worked in his favor with us, lol.
Now, that being said, my initial thought on this discussion was, "the jury is still out."
BUT, then I thought about a few things, and to this point the answer has to be, "NO, not to this point." Why? Well, look at how our draft picks have panned out so far. Aside from Kemba, everyone else has been a HUGE disappointment. I'm convinced Cody will be a good player in the league. Perhaps even very good. Kemba is very good. But, the problem is, none of the picks have been GREAT. It's possible they will be, but right now, they aren't.
He talked about building through the draft and acquiring assets were the keys to building a winner. We then go out and sign Big Al to a big contract after repeatedly missing on GREAT players in the draft. So, it appears we have abandoned, or at least forgotten, our original strategy he laid out.
Now, what I can say about Cho is that he has been a major upgrade to our front office overall. We have not been raped in any trades since he's been in charge, and in fact, we've come out on top enmity every trade he's made since he's been here. That tells me that he is either really connected throughout the league, or he is just very affable and teams like doing business with him.
Now, back to the negatives... for all the good he's done in trades, his advanced analytics haven't done squat in drafting. So, awesome trading led to us getting two picks in 2011. We got a good core piece, potentially great in Kemba, but what did we do with the other pick (that was actually two picks ahead of Kemba)? We took the exact guy I said we should avoid... and I dont have advanced analytic software, lol. We took Biz. Who did we miss out on? Klay Thompson. Kawhi Leonard. Nikola Vucevic. Kenneth Faried, among others... those are HUGE misses when looking at what Biz is right now. You can't miss like that.
2012, more of the same. We took yet another guy I was certain we shouldn't - MKG. Who did we pass up? Bradley Beal, Dion Waiters, Damian Lillard, Harrison Barnes, and Andre Drummond among others. All are pretty much better than MKG is, as of right now, and odds are, they always will be. His offense is just atrocious. IMO, he's a much more athletic Sefolosha. You don't draft "glue guys" with 2nd and 7th overall picks, or you'll suck for a long time. That is why we still suck.
Also, Cho was pretty much fired from Portland. So what happened there? Well, perhaps there isn't a positive correlation there with him being let go, but it's certainly interesting that they are now one of the best teams in the league. The difference? They hit on draft picks and invested wisely. Then again, you have to give Cho credit because he obtained some of those draft picks (like when he famously raped us for Crash lol). But, as I said, Cho appears to be an awesome "trade man," if that's even a term, lol. He definitely knows how to flip things for better and more assets. Where he is failing miserably is what he does after he obtains those assets.
So, IMO, we can't complain too much because he has been A HUGE upgrade over our previous GMs. He is most likely the best we've ever had. We also know he is great in pulling off favorable trades. So, that alone is worth keeping him. He just doesn't draft well at all. Hopefully he stops worry in about stats and metrics and just uses his eyes to decide whether a guy can play ball or not. Hopefully he makes some adjustments or he just gets lucky and hits on a franchise player soon enough. As I said, he's worth keeping for his other abilities, we just have to hope he gets the drafting part figured out.
So, I guess he IS the man for the job after all, he just hasn't been to this point - if that makes any sense at all.