Basically this thread is about Russel Westbrooke and my thoughts on the draft.
Forgive me if you get me wrong here, but personally, I'm not a big fan of this kid. Draftexpress has him compared to Leandro Barabosa. Although no one can really say for certain if he'll have a career like Mister Barabosa, I'd like to say this. If we draft Russell and there is a decent center on the draft board (or a pg/sg that is better then Westbrooke for that matter) then I'll stop watching Pacer's basketball.
It's really rash but I'm even starting to get tired of losing seasons and drafting players like David Harrsion and Shawne Williams (The fact that Karl Lowry, Jordan Farmar, Mardy Collins, Rajon Rondo, Daniel Gibson, and even Dee Brown were all available at the PG position with this pick). As you can see, our drafting is pretty horrible. We take quality players randomly (Granger, Harringtonish, Reggie Miller, and Rik Smits), and then take players with potential far below the potential that is available that are hot heads.
We need a center. No use in blowing our only lottery pick on Russell who will be a sub par to starter in the league at the PG position. With Russell, we'll probably make the playoffs for a few years and then end up like Jamal again. The Pacers have never had a true court leader besides Mark Jackson (Travis Best, Jamal Tinsley, Anthony Johnson was great but was dropped as were the potential draft picks because of Jamal, and Pooh Richardson.)
For Bird and the Pacers just to realize how horrible Jamal is.. after passing up all the talent at that position is there own fault. But however, for them to waste there pick on Russell (if they do) is beyond me. All that talent because you don't know a thing about basketball for Russell "Never heard of you" Westbrooke?
I've flamed a lot of rookies before, hopefully this one doesn't haunt me as much as the Greg Oden thread could do. However, I still stand by the fact that we need to keep Tinsley or trade him off for another Point Guard (or MID level exe) and draft a center that can not only transition Jermaine into a Power forward (as he is, and played the best as with Brad Miller) but also help Jermaine with interior rebounding and blocking. Jordan and a few others come to my mind with this.
For any Russell fans, please comment on why you think we should take him?