...because of the nagging feeling of regret.
I want to be the first to say I like Jason Thompson, and I appreciate his effort and hustle. I also want to say that Jason has an NBA body and he will probably will be a solid pro for 10-15. That being said, I think we made a mistake not drafting Anthony Randolph.
Last night, Randolph showed that he could become an All Star. He is long, quick and now has a smooth jumper. He was lethally efficient scoring last night. He showed he could drive, post up and shoot the J. He blocked shots and grabbed rebounds.
Jason, on the other hand, plays hard, fights for the ball in traffic and gets his hand on it, but ultimately plays much closer to the ground. Lots of rebounds went to other players that were close to him. When Randolph went after a rebound, he snatched out of the air and it was his, end of story.
My fear is that Jason will be a solid starter; Randolph, a star.
Randolph could have been ours. We chose the safe pick over the gamble, and it looks to me like the Warriors are going to reap the benefits.
Imagine our squad with Randolph, Evans, Hawes and Martin. That would be an exciting and athletic group. Not to mention that Randoph and Evans would help tremendously in the defensive and rebounding departments.
Again, I'm not trying to bash JT; it's just hard to imagine him turing out as a better pro. I realize that it's only one game and it's just a summer league game at that, but I saw much of the same things in the second half of last year. Despite likeing what I saw from Tyreke, I was left feeling depressed.
(This is a FanPost from a member of the Sactown Royalty community. The views expressed come from the member, and not Sactown Royalty staff.)