all the debates about who to draft and all the explanations as to why we should draft which prospect got me thinking... how can we lean one way or another without taking into consideration what we're going to do with all our empty roster spots? the smartest way to draft is to know who we're going after with our MLE and what our team needs most.
correct me if i'm wrong boys, but it looks like our guaranteed contracts will include: melo, stat, billups, landry, TD, balkman (waste), walker (eh) and rautins (d-league).
and let's assume we bring back: shawne and turiaf.
this leaves us with 5 roster spots to fill, assuming we don't waive anybody, buy them out or trade unequal numbers.
now let's assume we're bringing over jerome jordan, 'cause we bought the kid and we're gonna wanna know what we got for the money we spent.
now this leaves us with 4 roster spots... and currently, 1 draft pick.
and we also have the MLE to play with for one more expensive FA, or multiple, cheaper FA's.
so assuming we have 4 roster spots to fill, how do you fill them?
me? being a believer that NBA offensive efficiency (which is different than ability) takes more time to develop than defensive/dirty work utility... and us being in win now mode with 2 stars in place... i draft for defense/rebounding and/or size (which translates faster into the NBA), and i spend on veteran offense who can slide right in and acclimate quicker to our system. especially being that we're picking at 17 in a draft we're there are no "sure things".
so what i do is...
draft defense or size... faried, singleton, jeremy tyler or trade up for biyombo only.
spend our MLE on one proven veteran scorer... jamal crawford (yup, i said it), jr smith (yup, i said it), shannon brown (bit of a wild card), sasha vujacic.
and fill out the other 2 roster spots with cheap, d-league type, or non-drafted diamonds in the rough (1 size, 1 small)... crittendon, cedric simmons, gary mcghee, josh harrelson, jerel mcneal, sean williams, joe alexander, rashad mccants, bonzi wells (was intrigued by his presence at our recent workout).
not sure about you all, but my mind keeps changing as posts keep getting posted...
so what do you do with 4 spots, 1 pick and one MLE?