Originally Posted by moremilk
the only other pick was Bargnani
... who had the talent to justify the position, just lacked in areas that were pretty difficult to quantify for a guy with no college experience. The really puzzling fact is that in europe he was (if I recall), a pretty good rebounder for his age.
and before toronto, he also drafted nash, marion and amare around ~10th - that's a hall of famer and two multiple all stars drafted very late in lottery.
I have to disagree with the Bargs
assessment. I said it when he was drafted till the day he was booed out of town, I didn't feel he had the talent to go #1. It's easy to say Aldridge now, but I said it then and yes BC I has drafted well, but his stubbornness to let go of Bargs
caused a lot of suffering (cue the dramatic music) and his need for a fix-it-all star has to be questioned. Although I didn't disagree with many of the moves at the time he made them.