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.
Like most resumes, you try and camouflage the not so good stuff. In this case, many of us said for a while that Colangelo would go down in flames by stubbornly handcuffing himself to Bargnani.....for 7 years?
Colangelo did some good things particularly in the draft, but now that I really think about it....
-He gave Bargnani
a $50 million contract
-He was vital to forming the "big 3" in Miami by giving them cap room
-He let Bosh
trick him, walked away for nothing and the franchise suffered terribly
-The free agent signings were quite often useless....Hedo, Kapono, etc
-When he would sign or trade someone, regardless of the reason, it would be out in the media and then the rug would get yanked....Calderon-Chandler, Matt Barnes, John Salmons
- No playoffs for 5 years yet no lottery pick, no cap space. You're fired.