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Wanna Get Excited About the Draft?

Then this is not the post to read.  I did a quick review of how our beloved team has done with first-round picks, as shown in the table below the jump.  It ain't pretty.

 

 

Year

Pick

Player

Draft-day Trade

Seasons

Traded for

1989

10

Richardson

3

Chuck Person, Micheal Williams

1990

6

Spencer

3

Mike Brown

1990

20

Glass

2

Lance Blanks, Brad Sellers

1991

7

Longley

3

Stacey King

1992

3

Laettner

3.5

Spudd Webb, Andrew Lang

1993

5

Rider

3

Bill Curley, James Robinson

1994

4

Marshall

0.5

Gugliotta (3 seasons)

1995

5

Garnett

12

Al Jefferson, etc.

1996

5

Allen

Marbury

3

Terrell Brandon

1997

20

Grant

1

1998

17

Nesterovic

4

1999

6

Szczerbiak

7

Ricky Davis, Mark Blount, Marcus Banks, Justin Reed

1999

14

Avery

3

2003

26

Ebi

2

2005

14

McCants

4

Shelden Williams, Bobby Brown

2006

6

Roy

Foye

3

Rubio (pick)

2007

7

Brewer

3.5

Randolph

2008

3

Mayo

Love

3

2009

5

Rubio

0

2009

6

Flynn

2

2009

18

Lawson

Future #1

0

2009

28

Ellington

2

2010

4

Johnson

1

2010

16

Babbitt

Webster

1

2010

23

Booker

Hayward

1

 

(I may not have all of the details exactly right on the number of seasons, etc., but I think it's close enough.)  A couple of things jump out to me.  First, there are a lot of times that we've kept a player for about three years and then gotten little or nothing in return.  Second, Kahn has already made 25 percent of the franchise's first-round picks.  Read that one again.  Then think about what we're watching this season.  Yikes.

I love the draft.  But with Kahn picking from a weak crop of players, I don't think there's much chance that we'll find a franchise-changing player this year.

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