Originally Posted by RAPMAN
After drafting a 7ft Euro as a No. 1 pick, where is this franchise 5 years later. Also, what ever happened to that young international center we drafted at No. 8 a few years back. I agree drafting center is a crap shoot. Its better to minimize the risk by acquiring established centers in the NBA.
I'll address the Euro comment with this list:
When it comes to 7 footers it pays not to be too selective about the color of their skin or national origin. I'd rather not miss the boat on a quality C because of assumptions and inaccurate generalizations.
Araujo was a terrible pick. It was a huge gamble and it's no surprise that it didn't work out.
As for Valanciunas...
Valanciunas has been performing exceptionally well against professional competition. Against his own age group he has been completely dominant.
He has shown rapid improvement over the last couple of years, and has shown the desire, and work ethic, required to reach the next level.
He is a seven footer that is well coordinated and moves quickly and fluidly on the court.
He initiates contact and fights for every point and rebound he gets.
He's the anti-Bargnani.
Also, if you think there are a number of options out there via trade or free agency to acquire a solid injury free C you are mistaken. Most of the guys on the lists floating around these forums are restricted free agents.
DeAndre Jordan will not be leaving LA unless some team overpays.
Marc Gasol will not be leaving Memphis unless some team overpays.
Those are options that are worth investigating, but are probably unrealistic.
C is the hardest position to fill, and it's usually done through the draft.