Wednesday, May 04, 2005

HOW GOOD WERE THE SONICS PICKS IN 2003

REVIEW OF THE 2003 NBA DRAFT
This will go down as one of the best drafts of all time. However, no team was able to do more with less then Seattle. Seattle chooses Nick Collison at 12 and Luke Ridnour at 14.
Check out what happened after the 14th pick of the draft. Only Josh Howard has been an NBA starter. Limited other players have made any impact at all.
Looking back at the draft before the #12 and #14 pick the Sonics need to send thank you notes to New York for taking Michael Sweetney at #9 and to Memphis (for Boston) for taking Marcus Banks.
Can you imagine if the Sonics had taken Reece Gaines and David West or a Marcus Banks and Brian Cook. It wouldn’t have been outlandish or criticized. Instead, the Sonics made the perfect picks. The Sonics deserve huge kudos for getting the last players to make an impact.

Retrospective – This is from my weekly column for Seattle –PI --
In the Sonics’ draft range, Luke Ridnour’s ability to run the floor, pass and run a fast break registers on the “oh bleep” scale. Nick Collison’s knack for stretching the floor with his jumper and rebounding may do the same. However, will you ever fear Chris Kaman, Mike Sweetney or Reece Gaines?

HERE IS THE DRAFT ORDER !!!

2003 NBA DRAFT
1. Cleveland LeBron James
2. Detroit Darko Milicic
3. Denver Carmelo Anthony
4. Toronto Chris Bosh
5. Miami Dwyane Wade
6. LA Clippers Chris Kaman
7. Chicago Kirk Hinrich
8. Milwaukee T.J. Ford
9. New York Michael Sweetney
10. Washington Jarvis Hayes
11. Golden State Mickael Pietrus
12. Seattle Nick Collison
13. Memphis Marcus Banks (Traded to Boston)
14. Seattle (from Milwaukee) Luke Ridnour

POST-SONICS PICKS
15. OrlandoReece Gaines
16. Boston Troy Bell (Traded to Memphis)
17. Phoenix Zarko Cabarkapa
18. New Orleans David West
19. Utah Aleksandar Pavlovic
20. Boston Dahntay Jones (Traded to Memphis)
21. Atlanta Boris Diaw
22. New Jersey Zoran Planinic
23. Portland Travis Outlaw
24. LA Lakers Brian Cook
25. Detroit Carlos Delfino
26. Minnesota Ndudi Ebi
27. Memphis Kendrick Perkins (Traded to Boston)
28. San Antonio Leandrinho Barbosa (Traded to Phoenix)
29. Dallas Josh Howard

5 comments:

DJ Chameleon said...
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DJ Chameleon said...

The only players in what I agree is at the least the best draft in 20 years that I would have picked ahead of either Luke or Nick are the below listed players. Better yet, the only players I would trade the two for are of course LeBon and Dwayne Wade. I might consider that trade for Bosh but not Carmelo. I remember there was talk of packaging both our picks to move up in the draft.

1. Cleveland LeBron James
3. Denver Carmelo Anthony
4. Toronto Chris Bosh
5. Miami Dwyane Wade
7. Chicago Kirk Hinrich
8. Milwaukee T.J. Ford
29. Dallas Josh Howard

Not only did Wally and Rick Sund clearly make the right decision standing pat with this years team aside from adding Fortson but they were also clearly right to stay put in the 2003 draft and pick up two players in the best draft of a generation.

Even better is when you compere our two players in that draft to the two players Boston drafted (and traded)in the same draft.

Boston drafted

16. Boston Troy Bell (Traded to Memphis)
20. Boston Dahntay Jones (Traded to Memphis)

and traded both to Memphis

13. Memphis Marcus Banks (Traded to Boston)
27. Memphis Kendrick Perkins (Traded to Boston)

Not much to be proud of on either end of the trade.

It is about time Wally and Rick got some credit for building this team. I have never been a big fan of either but I haven't been bashing them over the years either. I just think now is the time to give them proper credit for how well they have built this team

Now the even bigger test will be how they identify and retain the key components of this team and fill in the remaining holes during this off season.

Personally I would prioritize our free agents in the following order (partially based on what I expect their salaries will be)

1) Ray Allen
1a) Nate McMillan
2) Vladimir Radmonovich
3) Reggie Evans
4) Flip Murray
5) Jerome James (Only up to the mid level exception)
6) Antonio Daniels (I expect someone will foolishly offer him frontline point guard money in excess of 28 million over 4 years)
7) Vitally Potapenko (If Jerome is offered over the mid level exception [about 5.5 million] Vitally moves above Flip as a priority.)
8) Damien Wilkens (I really hope somehow we are able to squeeze him into next years budget. He has the potential to be a 15 minute contributer on a contender after a few years.)
9) Mateen Cleeves (He still would need to earn his way on to next years team.)

-A. said...

Imagine if the Pistons took Wade.

Old School Sonic said...

David,

The Sonics really did have an excellent draft in 2003 with Collison and Ridnour. I think we can do the same thing by drafting Nate (Tazmanian Devil) Robinson. He won't be there on our second pick unless we trade up, so why not take a chance picking him with our first. There are no quality big men at this pick, and I would really like to see Nate back up Luke and energize the floor when he comes in. He has great court awareness and a fearless mentality which would go great with the physical style of play that the Sonics have been using this year. Also, could it be possible that we draft his teammate, Tre Simmons to fill it up from the outside in case Ray can't be signed? I like his gym rat work ethic and having Nate alongside would help in their journey to the NBA. Both are good lockerroom guys and quality players who will do what coach asks of them. What do you think?