If you check out the GSOM blog today
, aside from a theoretical trade involving Adonal Foyle
(among others) for Kevin Garnett
, you'll see this reference to a blogpost from last June, perhaps the greatest "shoulda woulda coulda" ever made: Jordan-Pippen 2.0
. In other words, the Warriors could have drafted Kobe Bryant
and Tracy McGrady
dreamblogue did the due diligence for you. Only two other teams had draft picks earlier than the GSW in either year: Vancouver (now Memphis) and Philadelphia. In theory, either of those teams could've also drafted "Jordan-Pippen 2.0" as well, but at least Vancouver got Shareef Abdur-Rahim
(who was eventually traded to Atlanta for, yes, Pau Gasol
) and Antonio Daniels
. Philly got Allen Iverson
and Keith Van Horn
Bear in mind, though, that Vancouver had the #3 and #4 picks those years while Philly had #1 and #2 -- back in those days, no way do you spend a top-five pick on a high schooler (which actually makes the Warriors picks stink even more). We all know how far AI took Philly and Pau took Memphis, so you can't really fault either of those teams. Meanwhile, the Warriors had picks #11 and #8 and chose Todd Fuller
and Foyle. Obviously, no playoff appearances, let alone consistent starting contributions.
A quick glance at both drafts suggests that as a GM, you are best off drafting for basketball skill, not size. But then again stating the obvious is beyond the scope of dreamblogue. "Jordan-Pippen 2.0" is the best shoulda-woulda-coulda
I've ever heard.
Labels: adonal foyle, allen iverson, antonio daniels, keith van horn, kevin garnett, kobe bryant, michael jordan, nba, pau gasol, scottie pippen, todd fuller, tracy mcgrady, warriors