When David Harrison was drafted, Larry Bird said, "You can't teach size." Harrison was an attractive pick at 29 just because he was a buffalo. (Thanks to SIG, ajbry and Hicks for keeping me honest.)
Is it also sensible to say, "You can't teach speed and/or lateral quickness?"
It is common to say a team should draft the best athlete available. But athletes come in all shapes and sizes.
My question is, shouldn't a team that got beat off the dribble as often as the Pacers did last season be defining "best athlete" primarily in terms of speed? Wouldn't a faster player or two enable us to run the O'Brien defense more effectively?
The Westbrook / Augustin thread touches on this, but the speed question isn't limited only to those two potential recruits.