Originally Posted by Grizz
OKC didn't draft Durant, Westbrook and Harden all in the same draft. We also aren't talking about collecting top 4 picks. Those are guys you build around, not 14 and 16th picks.
This isn't the NFL, trading down is almost never a good idea. In the NFL you have 22 starting positions to fill, and one player can't swing a team like it can in the NBA. In the NBA you are trying to get the best possible player.
Or you could put it this way - the importance of every player is so much higher in the NBA that the importance of talent evaluation (and luck) is paramount in building a successful franchise. Some teams, like Utah and SA, for instance, have shown for years that they are capable of drafting great talent late in the draft. Others have shown they are consistently capable of blowing pretty high picks, including #1 overall. I'd say that Toronto as a club and Colangelo as a GM are somewhere in the middle of the pack and so, yeah, they'd need as high a pick as possible to improve their chances of striking gold in the draft.