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Blazer Draft History



For all of you out there that are constantly suggesting that we trade our best players for draft picks, here is a comparison of how the Blozers drafted players at similar positions/years as the San Antonio Spurs main players that are in this years finals:

SPURS

Tim Duncan 1997 Round1 1st
Manu Ginobilli 1999 Round2 57th
Tony Parker 2001 Round1 28th
Boris Diaw 2003 Round1 21st Atlanta
Tiago Splitter 2007 Round1 28th
Gary Neal 2007 undrafted
Danny Green 2009 Round2 46th
Kahwai Leonard 2011 Round1 15th
Cory Joseph 2011 Round1 29th

BLAZERS

Jermaine O'Neal 1996 Round1 17th
Alvin Williams 1997 Round2 48th
Zach Randolph 2001 Round1 19th
Qyntel Woods 2001 Round1 21
Josh McRoberts 2007 Round2 37th
Demtrius Nichols 2007 53rd
Jon Brockman 2009 Round2 Round2 38th
Eliot Williams 2010 Round1 22nd
Nolan Smith 2011 Round1 21st



The Blazers lineup is not exactly a murderer's row. With the exception of Jermaine (who we traded away before he could show what he could do) and Zach, the rest of them either are out of the league, on there way out, or fringe NBA players in their careers. Jermaine and Zach are the only ones who led their teams to the playoffs, much less the finals. Now maybe if the Blazers had drafted these same Spurs players they would not be in this years finals. I suspect the Spurs are better at drafting players that work in their system and better at developing them.

Here are the corresponding draftees if you give the Blazers the benefit of the doubt and only count their highest draft pick in the same years (or close to the same years):
Jermaine O'Neal 1996 Round1 17th
Erick Barkley 2000 Round1 28th (out of league in 2 yrs)
Zach Randolph 2001 Round1 19th
Qyntel Woods 2001 Round1 21 (out of league in 3 yrs)
Greg Oden 2007 Round1 1st ('nuf said)
Victor Claver 2009 21st (eurostash)
Nolan Smith 2011 Round1 21st (on his way out)
Damian Lillard 2012 Round1 6th (yayyy! a winner)

It's pretty clear the Blazer don't stack up to the Spurs drafting history but I would suggest that they are really not very good at drafting. I have no idea how they stack up against the rest of the NBA. Even if they are just average it is pretty clear that the draft is a crap shoot and IMHO not worth trading stars for what turns out to be players likes of Erick Barkley or Qyntel Woods.

I can see trading your stars for draft picks if you can't get anywhere near equal trade value but I've seen a number of posts suggesting we trade LMA for non-stars and a bunch of draft picks.

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