The 7 Deadly Sins of an NBA Draft
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If you have the time, read the entire the article. It's a good read.

This is the concept behind it, just so your clear.

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Originally Posted by The Draft Review
The NBA draft is a career breaker or maker for many people involved. For some GMs and scouts it will spell the end of a career after selecting players that under perform. For others, it will catapult them to genius status when bringing on board underrated players. Regardless of this, many NBA personnel still practice foolish trends that are high risk high reward moves. Over the course of the next couple of days we will explore these trends The Seven Deadly Sins of the NBA Draft.
Anyhow, for a good chuckle check out the 2nd Deadly Sin. All I can say is "Amen brutha".

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Originally Posted by The Draft Review
Sin #2: "I want a clone of ..."
Every year there's someone that exceeds the expectations and becomes a franchise player. This player usually has a unique skill or doesn't physically fit the norm. In 1998 Dirk Nowitzki destroyed the Hoop Summit against some of our nation's finest. This young German forward had a devastating face-up game and a solid first step to take defenders off the dribble. He changed the perception of how 6-10 players with perimeter skills are viewed by NBA GMs. Some thought Dallas was getting a solid player and most compared him to Detlef Schrempf. This was one of the rare times when a comparison was not only met but exceeded the expectations.

By the time Dirk was in his 3rd year the sensation was caught and most teams bought into it, as players like Kirk Haston, Mike Dunleavy Jr., Nikoloz Tskitishvili, and Jared Jeffries were top 20 draft picks that came in with perimeter oriented skill sets. Its not to say they would not have been drafted without Nowitzki as their predecessor, but they certainly got a boost in their draft status because of him.

Now it's the Dwyane Wade model that's caught on. Wade was viewed as an undersized combo guard, and while there was no doubting his physical skills, there were questions. Nowadays those same questions that dogged Wade help others get the benefit of the doubt. What NBA teams need to keep in mind is that following trends isn't the best practice. But with that said, there will always be exceptions to the rule.

At 6-6, Barkley was a freak of nature that dominated the power forward position. Undersized Byron Houston quickly caused GMs to abandon the idea of trying to draft a Barkley clone. And while the jury is still out on Andrea Bargnani, he may have finally put the Nowitzki model on endangered lists.
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