Isiah thomas, through his draft picks shows us he is a good judge of player potential before they come into the league. Picks like robinson, balkman, lee and frye. Trevor ariza. Jackie buttler. He spots potential to develope young players. Eddy curry is also considered young. due to the fact he's about same age as lee and frye.
What he's not good at is judging potential of established NBA players. Check out his signings and trades...Fransis? crawford? Q-rich? jerome james! But james was such a big mistake. I mean they each have talent and are good individual players(except james). But take for instance:
q-rich - over paid sign and trade, good sg, not all-star money!
Fransis - fading all-star talent
Crawford -over paid avg shooting guard whose potential is at it's max, for past 4 yrs he's leveled of and isn't getting better. Great back up, not all star money
Jerome James - one good playoff game all season and zeke throws a boat load at him!!! uhm, great bench warmer! He sure holds down his spot on the bench like nobody I've ever seen! Can't forget about the cap space he locks up down! or how well he covers his spot on the IR. Wish he could apply his lock down and cover skills to NBA basket ball.Not worth allstar money he gets, and not worth avg pay, and not worth rookie pay and not worth Mcdonald employee starting salary.
Marbury - he's another player thats good but hasn't produced in NY(kinda hate to lump him in)
Jarred jefferies - what has he done for us? Or to prove he deserves his contract!
Curry- I can't say he isn't worth the money, he is, zekes best trade! kind of.It's his trade that yeilded the most talent on our end. We'll see what becomes of the two 1st round draft picks we sent Chicago and they were high.
Does anyone know what our salary cap would be if we diodn't have these players? If you minus his signings& trades and just took his draft picks he's a pheonominal judge of talent. Say we kept marbury and curry. Would we have been under the cap, without crawford, fransis, q-rich and jarred jefferis and jerome james? Could we haev made a play for a big name this summer? like rashard lewis? ray allen? grant hill(kinda fading talent, but still good)
I also don't think he has a vision of what an NBA team needs, he says he'd like to be like Phoenix, I can see how he collected versatile players like crawford, q-rich from phoenix, jefferies but he never got that point guard that made a role player like q-rich, seem so versatile, like steve nash does to everyone he plays with. Like Jason kidd does to jason richardson and revived vince carters career. He put to many i need the ball to play well guys on the same team, he's got to many guys that need to many shots to share the ball right. You need those no-name role players that shoot well, but not often. You need a guy like malik rose who just plays hard. they keep you under the cap and performing well