If you like your arguments by repetition rather than, say, argument you’ll love Bill Simmons’ query: “Since 1994, the Grizzlies have drafted in the top-four seven times (with their 2003 pick going to Detroit); the Clippers have done it six times; and the Bulls have done it six times since 1999 (once via a New York pick). Why do we keep rewarding poorly managed teams with elite rookies? Why? It makes no sense.” I really don’t think it’s that hard to see why it’s preferable to have the elite rookies end up on the bad teans. The only alternative would be for the top rookies to go to the good teams and the whole league would become incredibly dull. What’s more, the bad teams aren’t rewarded with “elite rookies” they get high draft picks. One of the important elements of a well-managed team is that it drafts well. San Antonio wasn’t just built on number one pick Tim Duncan, they added Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili with low picks and I think Bruce Bowen was found in a dumpster somewhere.
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