Here's another thing
Rautins is 23. He will be 24 years old by the time the 2010 NBA season is a month in.
Why the **** are we drafting a 24 year old? Are we high?
Donnie, if you like Landry Fields so much, SIGN HIM AFTER THE DRAFT BECAUSE NOBODY ELSE WAS DRAFTING HIM
no center, no defense.
d'amntoni = no defense, no center
makes perfect sense for an imperfect team.
could've sworn Knicks would choose Sol's Alibi when he dropped down so far.
the skinny center was top pick available for the entire 2nd round.
chicago and miami have outsmarted Donnie Walsh's PLAN 2010,
both teams have better core players and better coach.
can't see any top tier F.A. maxi-pads coming our way...
Donnie Walsh is the master...baiter
poor x-'cuse for a draft!
Im still mad. A ****ing Wilson Chandler trade that brings in significant talent better go down within the next 5 hrs or something man.
BUT, we could sign Zoubek & Scheyer after the draft. No bet Varnado will be better than Zoubek. Heck, or even better than Earl Barron.
Rautins is a great pick if we sign LJ. Having him and Gallo on the wing, with Bosh baseline.... That is a nice offense right there for LJ the point-forward.
Let's wait and see what happens in free agency.
I bet Fields is getting traded to POR, or Chandler (for the PG they drafted and Rudy Fernandez).
Knowing us, we take Varnado and Alibi dominates, or vice-versa.
If we really wanted to make a splash, we should have traded for Dominique Jones like DAL did. He's like D-Wade-lite.
If we got Okafor, Bosh, and LeBron, we'd STILL need a point guard, and we STILL don't have one. Jarvis Varnado would help because like it or not Bosh isn't great on defense and he could've come in as a defensive stopper.
If we get LeBron James and Chris Bosh we're STILL stuck with the fact that we have five small forwards (LeBron, Gallo, Chandler, Walker, Fields) and no interior defense whatsoever (Varnado, Alabi, etc. would've helped that) and NO depth at the guard position (Chandler can play SG but he's not that good, Rautins looks like a catch and shoot player off the bench at best, and Walker is decent but injury prone and not really starting material. Even if Walker and Chandler handle the role fine we still need a point guard which we don't have)
Rautins is experienced. Play for the Canadian national team. He can shoot and he can defend and is a great passer, and most of all. HE HAVE BASKETBALL IQ and he will never be a **** up or a cancer. He will sit on that bench for years to come if he have to. A great TEAMMATE.
I agree. I would have taken a C, but I have to wait and see the big picture before I flip out. What if Zoubek agreed to sign with us if he goes undrafted? Are you sure those other guys are a lock to be better options?
If we get LJ and BOSH, people will come begging to play wiith us!
CALM DOWN Everbody!
Our Savior is not going to be found in the second round!
Lets be real.....one of if not both of our picks will likely not be in the league 4 years from now as is the case for most of the second round players drafted!
I mean do we just draft a Center of PG for the sake of doing so?
Wojciech Mydra was one best collegiate shot blockers, did that materialize to a solid NBA career?
Ed Cota was a legend at UNC running the point one of the All Time Leading assist men in College and he wasnt drafted
Point being.... in the second round you draft the best player available, trying to fill a need in round 2 is like trying to find your dream car on a random used car lot! Or like trying to find your dream girl at a drunken Mardi Gras party
So hopefully we made the most of at least one of the picks we made.
"I'd Rather Melo shoot with 3 men on him than Jefferies shotting wide open"
-Jeff Van Gundy
**** the Russian Roulette style man!
Either Donnie's in the know, or he's gonna go solely after James with only a city to sell, and a team full of players that play the same position as he does.
At this stage, not one poster here can deny that everything is a big, festering poo.
Kevin Pittsnoogle II to the Celtics.
Patrick Ewing also came out of college considered to be one of the top prospects of all time. Scouts thought he was going to change the way the center position was played. He was so highly touted and everybody knew that he was unquestionably the #1 pick in that draft.
Andy Rautins isn't anywhere close. He's undersized, slow, and unathletic. He might be a decent player, but why not take your chances with Lance Stephenson instead, who has freakish athleticism and is FIVE YEARS YOUNGER?
Or Solomon Alabi who has a skill that's actually rare and hard to find (ie being really tall)? Rautins might not be a terrible pick but he's nothing special.
Don't even get me started on Landry Fields - we shouldn't have drafted him because NOBODY was going to - we could've signed him as an undrafted free agent and used our second pick on Solomon Alabi.
And you're right - Varnado will get eaten alive by some big guys, but so will Earl Barron, Chris Bosh, and Emeka Okafor. It just doesn't make sense to me.
It'd be one thing to take the best player available if there was some rationale behind it - ie you don't want to be like the Blazers and pass on Michael Jordan because you already have a SG.
But Andy Rautins is not Michael Jordan, and neither is Landry Fields. Neither of them looks like an NBA starter, to be quite honest.