Originally Posted by RAPMAN
I like BC. He is a guy who is not afraid to clean up his mess. For example, trading JO, Kapono, Fred Jones for good players in return. However, he has done alot of knucklehead moves. I think his love affair with Bargnani
will eventually lead to his downfall. Please rate your top "what was he thinking" moves by BC:
1. Drafting Bargnani
2. Giving Bargnani
$50 million over 5 years
3. Hiring Jay Triano as head coach or Keeping Smitch
1 - No analysts were expecting Roy or Gay to go # 1. Andrea Bargnani
was a virtual consensus #1 pick by major mock drafts. Roy and Gay were not predicted to go #2 either. Some thought Gay should be in the top 3, but most also thought Roy should not be in the top 5. Analysts did not view Roy and Gay as the top talent in the draft. In fact, many analysts thought Tyrus Thomas was the best pick after Bargnani. Imagine the Raps with Tyrus Thomas. Things could be much worse. That just shows you how fucked up drafts can be and how far off analysts predictions can be. I'm not talking out of my ass. I will provide a link to the 2006 mock draft predictions.
NBA.com 2006 mock draft predictions
2 - That deal could turn out to be a huge steal. Bargnani's contract of $50 mill over 5 years is pretty efficient given what he provides. The Trail Blazers are paying Aldridge $65 million over 5 years. Aldridge's contract is much harder to trade if he doesn't take his game to another level. After this season, the Jazz are paying Okur more than $10 million per for basically the same skill set and scoring production that Bargs
provides the Raps. Okur is a slightly better rebounder, but Bargs, believe it or not, is a better post defender.
3 - I don't have the desire to debate that one. You might be right. If I was playing devil's advocate, the only thing I'd say is that we don't know who BC may have approached about coaching and whether they declined the job. It's possible that BC put "feelers" out to see if certain people were interested but discovered that nobody wanted the Raptor job. Before the moves BC made this summer, I doubt elite candidates were interested in coaching in Toronto.