The Air Ball Artist ( The Best shooter Mike D has never seen?) ANDY ROTTENS ( WALSH NEEDS TO GO)
WALSH DRAFTS WITH DEMENTIA. THE BOOS STARTED LAST NIGHT. THE GARDEN WILL SOON TURN ON AMARE HOWEVER UNFAIR THAT IS, WHILE EVERY EXCUSE FOR GALLO IS EXCEPTED. WHY THE DOUBLE STANDARD?
Stats don’t lie. Zeke is the 2nd best drafter in the past 20 years of the NBA. Proof? Read below. Add Landry Fields to his list. New York needs to sit down with Denver and give away anything they want for Melo NOW. Fire Walsh and bring back Zeke. To hell with the Haters. Melo would be here already and Chris Paul worships ZEKE enought to want to be Zeke on the court. Looking at our upcoming schedule…things are going to get Very ugly…..imagine that?
THE TOP 5 Drafting GMS IN THE PAST 20 YEARS
1. Bryan Colangelo
Suns, 1995-2005; Raptors, 2006-current
Net EWA: 1.68
Colangelo’s midround success is astounding: Steve Nash (1996, 15th pick, +7.72 net EWA), Michael Finley (1995, 21st, +5.15), Shawn Marion (1999, 9th, +9.76) and Amar’e Stoudemire (2002, 9th, +8.88). He also found Stephen Jackson (+2.78) in the second round. But even a guy like Colangelo has regrets. He says he wishes he’d taken Tayshaun Prince at No. 22 in 2002 over Casey Jacobsen. But he’s not ready to give up on Andrea Bargnani (-5.97), the top pick in 2006, just yet.
2. Isiah Thomas
Raptors, 1995-97; Knicks, 2004-07
Net EWA: 1.52
Thomas’ early picks seemed odd — fans booed Damon Stoudamire, his first-ever choice. But Stoudamire’s net EWA is 0.78 wins higher than expected for the seventh pick, and that’s common of Thomas’ players. Trevor Ariza (43rd, 2004), Nate Robinson (21st, 2005) and David Lee (30th, 2005) have all exceeded their expected EWA numbers.
Thomas has a name for the attributes he values in prospects: I.C.E. (Intensity, concentration, energy). He picked Tracy McGrady, whose career EWA is 10.5 wins better than the typical No. 9 pick, because he had a quiet intensity “like a lava flow.” And he justifies grabbing Lee and Marcus Camby (No. 2, 1996) because, he says, “On the playground, I always picked the rebounder first, because when you play outside, there are a lot of misses, and you want someone who can track it.”
3. Jim Paxson
Net EWA: 1.20
Paxson obviously gets a huge boost from LeBron James, whose net EWA is +16.34. But he also found Carlos Boozer (+9.1) in the second round in 2002. Those picks more than make up for duds like Dajuan Wagner (2002, No. 6, -4.37) and DeSagana Diop (2001, No. 8, -3.97).
4. Garry St. Jean
Net EWA: 1.15
In addition to Antawn Jamison (1998, No. 4, +5.21), St. Jean should be known for 2001, when he grabbed Jason Richardson (5th, +3.25), Troy Murphy (14th, +2.25) and Gilbert Arenas (30th, +8.92). That’s some haul.
5. Bob Whitsitt
Sonics, 1986-93; Trail Blazers, 1994-2002
Net EWA: 0.73
In 1989, Whitsitt drafted a 19-year-old with no college experience after convincing his owner that the kid could be a combination of Charles Barkley and Karl Malone. And that’s how Shawn Kemp (5.85 net EWA) ended up as the No. 17 pick in the 1989 draft, long before the prep-to-pro route was en vogue. That willingness to gamble on high-ceiling prospects also brought him Gary Payton (1990, 2nd, +5.91), Jermaine O’Neal (1996, 17th, +4.39) and Zach Randolph (2001, 19th, +6.05).