I don't understand. Prior to the drat, everyone seemed to agree that we needed to take the best player available. The sentiment was that we have so little talent that we really shouldn't concern ourselves too much with positon. Back when we had dreams of drafting #1, no one seemed too upset if we drafted Griffin despite having Hawes and JT. And then on draft day, Geoff does the unthinkable: he takes the best player available on his board, and everyone completely craps the themselves.
Yes, I know that most on this board had a serious mancrush on Ricky, but I am not upset that we took Tyreke Evans. And I am not that surprised. Jerry had been dropping hints for months. He mentioned him as one of his top picks on telecasts long before he was even being considered as a top 5 picks by DX and ESPN. He mentioned that they were going to take the "best player, not necessarily the player everybody wants" in interviews with the Rise Guys. And then, they did exactly that. I wasn't sure if he was talking about Flynn or Curry or Evans, but I wasn't surprised that we didn't pick Ricky even though he was on the board.
I have no idea what will happen down the road, but given Petrie's track record, there is a good chance that Evans could become the best player from this draft. Better than Griffin. Better than Rubio. Better than Thabeet, etc., etc. And, if Evans does turn out to be the best player in this draft despite not being a pure point guard, will you really be that upset?
If he is in a 3 man rotation between the 1 and 2 and turns out to be a lethal scoring option, are we really worse off. Would we really be better off with a "pure" point guard that lacks top-shelf athleticism or a consistent jumper at a position that demands, at the very least, one or the other, and often both to be successful?
Case in point: I can't name one successful point guard that lacked both of these traits and was successful in the modern era (and, please don't compare Rubio to Kidd. I'm sorry, but Jason Kidd in his prime was unbelievably quick, fast and strong for his position). I don't care how good you are at the pick and roll, it's just not going to matter if your defender slides under the pick and dares you to shoot (no pick-no roll). I agree it would have been nice to fill our biggest need with the best player available, but Geoff obviously didn't think that Rubio was the BPA.
Outside of Griffin, I honestly believe that most scouts would point to Tyreke as the player most likely to become an All-Star from this draft, and I don't think we can't afford to pass on that.