Originally Posted by moremilk
amare was 9th, don't know about marion - that's pretty late for players of their calibre. Nash was 13th if I remember.
With basically mid to late lottery picks he got a bunch of existing and (hopefully) all stars. Finding a gem by luck is not that hard, but getting multiple ones must equate to some kind of skill.
Stoudemire was also a lottery selection, as Phoenix took him with the 9th overall pick in 2002. Nash was the 16th overall selecton in a very good draft class. Marion was also picked 9th overall.
Getting good to great players in the lottery isn't that difficult of a task, but finding the right players for the right system is. Colangelo did this well in Phoenix but he has failed miserably in Toronto, as he hasn't stuck to a single plan during his tenure.