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Drafting the wrong players, or failing to develop the ones they draft?

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I think the hardest part is being patient with development.

 

Paul George had his break out season in his 3rd year, and Roy Hibbert even spent time in the D-League before becoming who he is today.

 

Kemba and Biz have improved each season, granted Biz may never be the dominant center they thought he would develop into but he is coming off the bench and being a rim protector who can also rebound.  There is value in that.

 

With MKG and Zeller, we may be looking their 3rd years before something starts to really happen, although I thought MKG was progressing until his injury setback.  Even looking at Jeffery Taylor, he was coming along before getting hurt.  The consistency wasn't there but they are young.

 

I think it's too early to really think that the team can't develop players like MKG and Zeller, but outside of a few exceptions, it's taking players a few years to hit a stride, it's just hard being patient while they develop.

 

I say all of that while acknowledging that I haven't loved some of the draft picks.

 

I think Zeller will be fine when he actually gets to log some serious minutes.

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When you look back at earlier drafts, it was the wrong players (Augustine, May, Morrison)

 

I think MKG will end up being a solid player.  His defensive ability is elite and he's athletic enough to get by being a slasher for a handful of years.  If he ever got down a consistent mid-range (15-18 ft) I think he'd have a nice long career.

 

Zeller at times looks fantastic.  He runs the floor well and can hit a 19 ft jumper.  Once he's been in a professional weight room for a couple years, i think he could start living up to potential.

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Bad luck. Poor draft selections. Not to mention a culture of losing. Look at Diaw running the floor and producing now with the Spurs.

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The players we have drafted would only fit on teams that have definitive talent at other positions. This team clearly lacks that talent. 

 

The only sure thing(s) we have is Jefferson and Kemba. As much as I like MKG, he's no #2 draft pick. As much as I like Zeller, (My initial draft day reactions show this) we should have bitten the bullet and drafted Noel.

 

We could have taken Beal who is averaging 20 ppg and would be an excellent combo to Kemba.  We got MKG who excels in every stat, but scoring.

 

Stern fuging us over with "The Brow" is the setback this team could have done without.

 

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Let's rate Cho's draft picks so far (based on where they were drafted and how they are playing right now, not that even if I label you a bust you can't change, there is stillt time.)

 

Bismack Biyombo - 2011: (7th) - BUST

Kemba Walker - 2011: (9th) - Best pick by far for Cho but let's be honest probably even Higgins would have made this pick.

 

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist - 2012: 2nd - BUST

Jeff Taylor - 2012: (31st, 2nd Rnd) - His second best pick.

 

Cody Zeller - 2013: (4th) - The only reason he gets a pass from being labeled an early BUST is because Coach Cliff won't let us see enough of him to make a ruling one way or the other.
 

It hurts when you leave talents like Bradley Beal, Damian Lillard, Andre Drummond, Nerlens Noel, and Michael Carter-Williams on the board and that is not even mentioning Kawhi Leonard and Klay Thompson. Cho's little computer is nice and all and it may be good at finding good character human beings but so far it has not had the best track record for finding players good at basketball. Having said that he has a chance in this draft to make all of this up to now moot point. Don't let us down Cho (again).

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