This post is exactly why I created this website!!!!!!!
I did not plan on posting anything else this week, but now I have to.
The following was taken out of a San Jose Mercury article after the Warriors pasted the Bucks on Wednesday:
Back in June, when the NBA draft came and highly touted Chinese forward Yi Jianlian went, some Warriors fans wondered aloud why their club traded up for raw forward Brandan Wright at No. 8 but wouldn't bear the extra cost to move a couple of slots higher and snag the more polished Yi.
Wednesday, those doubters received their answer. While Yi toiled fruitlessly for the Milwaukee Bucks, the team that plucked him with the No. 6 pick, the Warriors managed just fine without him.
Anyone who knows me knows how pissed off I am right now. I will try to harness my emotions to convey some lucid thoughts through this posting (I am so mad I don’t know where to start).
1) “the Warriors managed just fine without [Yi]”
Last time I checked, we have been managing just fine without Wright. The Bucks didn’t pick Yi because they thought they could go to the Finals this year with him, just like the Warriors didn’t pick Wright because they thought he was the missing link last year in the playoffs. How can you start an article arguing why the Warriors are better off not giving up a little more to get Yi and then make an argument that is completely irrelevant! The draft is used to build for the future in the long-term.
2) “Wednesday, those doubters received their answer”
I want you to find one doubter who was thinking – “If Yi comes here and we beat his team by 30, I will know we made the right decision, because everybody knows that how a rookie performs in the second of back-to-back road games in his first 6 weeks in the NBA defines his career.” I may be crazy but I think the doubters (including me) are thinking that a 7 foot power forward that runs the floor like a guard might have a place on the Warriors roster. Not to mention, he can shoot a 10 footer and make it consistently (I don’t think Biedrins can do that).
3) “[the Warriors] wouldn’t bear the extra cost to move a couple of slots higher and snag the more polished Yi”
The key assumption in this statement is that “the extra cost” to the Warriors would have outweighed the benefit of having a “more polished Yi” over a “raw” Brandon Wright. So let’s explore that “extra cost” …
The Bucks have a glut of forwards (Bogut, Villanueva, Simmons, Gadzuric) so adding Yi was not exactly a “need” pick (A need pick is when a team takes a specific player because of the position he plays as opposed to just taking the best player available).
Consider the following hypothetical scenarios this past Draft Day,
a) The Warriors trade Wright, Belinelli (or the pick used to take Belinelli) and anyone not named Monta Ellis or Andris Biedrins to the Bucks for Yi.
b) The Warriors trade Wright and next years first round pick to the Bucks for Yi.
c) The Warriors trade Belinelli, Pietrus and next year’s first round pick to the Bucks for Yi.
Unfortunetly, all of these trades make sense for both teams and the “extra cost” for the Warriors would not have come close to outweighing the difference between having Yi over Wright.
The bottom line here is that one game does not make or break a career. Saying that the doubters got their “answer” is ridiculous. As a loyal Warriors fan, I would love to see Brandon Wright go the way of Chris Bosh instead of Cliff Rozier (how about that for an old Warriors reference), but I don’t foresee that happening. In addition, if you strapped Mullin to a chair, gave him a shot of truth serum, and asked him a question he would normally lie to (like “did you honestly think Patrick O’Bryant would be a great NBA player?"), he would most likely tell you that he regrets not making more of an effort to get Yi.
Isn’t it about time to hold these journalists accountable for their wildly inaccurate and borderline offensive articles?!?!