I was thinking about the draft and how most people seem to want to follow the Blazers and Thunder and build through the draft. I think this is going to be a really good draft, with the potential to be 10-20 really solid players, with 3 or 4 stars. I started to think about teams that have won championships during the last 5-8 years or so. What I found is that you need more then just draft picks to be good.
The Lakers last year won the championship with Kobe and Bynum, who they drafted, but their other major pieces are Odom and Gasol both who were traded for. Boston the year before when they won consisted of the big 3. Pierce was drafted, but the other two main studs were traded for. Miami drafted Wade, but trade for Shaq (when he was still a stud), GP and Zo came from other teams the year before as well. The team that did the most through the draft was the Spurs. They got lucky with being able to draft Timmy, but Parker and Manu could have been drafted by any team, because they were very late picks. Even Detroit, with all those Eastern confrence championships, only core player that was drafted was Prince. Rasheed and Rip cam via trade, Big ben and chauncy were signed. You could even go to New Jersey when they made two finals in a row. Kidd, VC were not drafted, while KMART (I know) and RJ were.
I am excited about the draft as much as anyone else, but I'm starting to get a little worried about following the plans of the blazers and the Thunder who have collectively won 0 series in the playoffs. Don't get me wrong I think the Thunder are going to be great, but they might be the exception and not the rule. Eventually we are going to have to make a big trade that will probably include some of our beloved young guys. It seems a for gone conclusion that we can't sign any top studs, but the right combination of free agents, and a couple key trades and we could be right there. GP is way smarter then me though and it will be interesting too see if he can build a contender in Sac, with a different style of play.