I don’t like to flush my money down the drain or my draft picks for that matter. Hey, but don’t worry that lotto ticket is going to hit any day now.I bet when you go to wendover your the person who only bets $5 a hand and gets scared to double down when you have a hard 10 or 11 and the dealer is showing a bust card.
And Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler were drafted 15th and 30th back in 2011. I believe back when wing players were considered tweeners and not nearly as sought after as today. You can't judge where some players were taken over a decade ago in a draft and apply to today when so much as changed and what teams value now than in comparison to then.
And I'm not betting it all on green. I offered one trade example to move up. I through out 5 picks. The jazz have plenty. What are you going to use them for? To draft a team of roleplayers like Jordan Clarkson? Enjoy getting eliminated in the second round every year. I even said I would keep the 2027 and 2029 Cavs and Wolves picks. Those picks probably will be quite valuable.
Due to the abundance of picks the jazz have, yes I would trade some of the lesser value ones to try and move up in the draft and hopefully though not guaranteed get a stud wing player that has the potential to be a top player in the NBA
Take the last 5 drafts then, where theory should be more applicable. How does it pan out?
2017 - Celtics trade back to get Tatum, but at the same time Sixers traded up for what they think is a better player. No other player comes close to what you are saying.
2018 - No tweener forwards in the top 9 (maybe Luka but more point guard) 10. Mika’s Bridges, 11. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 12. Miles Bridges 14. Michael Porter Jr.
2019 - No good tweeners forwards in whole draft.
2020 - Anthony Edward #1 but was pretty consensus so you couldn’t trade up to get and only 6-4. Then nothing until Jaden McDaniels and Desmond Bane at end of first round. Honorable mention, awesome Halliburton goes 12th
2021 - Evan Mobley and Scottie Barnes at 3/4. Both very good but sophomore slumps but time will tell. Don’t think they will be superstars. This is probably the draft closest to what you are thinking. Frank Wagner goes 8th and could end up just as good as them.
2022 - Chet doesn’t even play in first season due to foot. Not good for a skinny C/PF. Jabari Smith Jr. as an average season. Shaedon Sharpe has fantastic season at 7 and that was a scary pick because he didn’t play freshman year.So, they lucked out. Jalen Williams goes 12th and looks like a star. Then a bunch of good players throughout first including Walker Kessler, whom nobody would have guessed would be amazing. So lucked out again.
“Let’s say Brandon Miller is the next Kawhi.”