Originally Posted by moremilk
yeah, but his picks in toronto kind of support the more likely theory he has a good eye for talent. Of course, so did isiah, drafting is only part of the game.
I continue to maintain that BC would be a great GM if only he had the patience. That's a very underrated skill in a GM - and somewhat understandable given the pressures to win. The sad truth is nearly every time you reach (i.e. go for low probability), you will strike out. In BC's case, it was almost a 100% strike out, from kapono to JO to Turkoglu to Nash (luckily for us didn't happen) and finally Gay.
The only gamble that paid off was the trade for lowry, but that was arguably not a reach, since lowry clearly had talent and was very underpaid, and the upcoming draft was known to be quite poor. Still - that trade could have been very disastruous for us, the way it was structured - luckily we missed the playoffs and got out of it easily. And then again, if the greek guy turns out to be as good as some project, and given that masai (and BC for that matter) really liked him, it could still end up as a bad, bad trade (more so if lowry walks out on us).
BC is a good trader, drafter and might be ok with signings, but in this market signing higher end players is very difficult and overpaying for FA's is bound to happen. The trickiest part of being a GM for this team will always be signing FA's, it'll be interesting when MU decides to go after a bigger name FA. I think he knows this and is going to continue to try and stockpile young talent/picks to eventually make big trades because he knows signing big name players here is next to impossible.