I don't mind a good debate with an honest intellectual, don't mind being proven wrong. I DO mind, twisted logic and garbage selective cites of facts to prove a flawed point.
1. Orlando. The CURRENT GM and coach have been in place for, what, a year? My post clearly says that they have drafted "pretty good lately." You choose to analyze their draft history back to 2005. Let's look at LATELY:
2012 Andrew Nicholson Bad pick per your analysis. You provide ZERO information to back up your claim. He was considered the most skilled big man in the 2012 draft, has shown some promise in limited minutes in his rookie year (last year), considered part of the good young core for Orlando. The Magic remain high on him. Will he be any good? Time will tell, but to conclude that he is "garbage" at this point is silly. It was and remains a good choice by Orlando, time will tell if he works out or not, with some PT.
2013 Victor Olidipo You don''t even bother with him (probably couldn't make the facts fit your premise). He was considered the best or 2nd best SG in the draft by the scouts. Orlando needed a SG.
Denver. Ujiri (who I specifically cited as the talent evaluator in Denver) is gone now, but he drafted Fornier in 2012 (too early to conclude anything, but you've already decided it was a "bad" pick ... based upon ... nothing), Faried in 2011 which even you are forced to acknowledge was a good pick). Ujiri became Denver's GM in 2010 ... yet you want to talk about Denver picks back to 2005?
GSW. I clearly was referring to Jerry West, yet you want to talk about picks back to 2005. West got there in 2011. Oh ... gee .. he drafted Thompson and Barnes. Oops, they're are your good list!
I can keep going but frankly it's not worth it.
I don't post BS assertions that I can't back up, like a good number of folks here do. You will gain much more credibility on this board by not posting garbage and also trying to twist someone's else words.
Your entire argument up to this point has been BS and garbage...
Basically what you stated was that the Lakers should have decided to sign a 2nd round pick, undrafted player, or another available free agent rather than Nick Young
For Orlando, you said they have drafted, "pretty good lately." drafting isn't to difficult when you have the 2nd overall pick... Victor O is a beast and we all know it, why would I even have to mention his name... he was the 2nd pick for crying out loud he better good...
As for the Nuggets, as I have stated their team was built through great trades, not draft picks. Faried was no doubt a great pick and possibly the biggest steal of that draft but the Nuggets team was primarily built on trades not picks. Ujiri had a 3 year stint with the team and did great, I wish him luck in Toronto.
You gave no reference to Jerry West at all in your post... And even if you want to mention his name, any organizations front office consistent of alot more than just a single individual. The Warriors have made great picks under West, but take note that ex GM Larry Riley drafted Steph Curry and also made the trades in order to acquire David Lee. Larry Riley is now actually the director of scouting and Bob Myers (not Jerry West) is the GM. West is just a consultant.
Basically your argument revolves around drafting players but you don't even realize that the teams you mention have had top 15 picks numerous times in the past 5 seasons... It's not difficult to draft a good player with a high pick everyone knows that.
Believe me I can go all day long on and on but the fact that you yourself stated
"You get the point. Instead we settle for re-treads and wishful thinking in the form of guys like Nick Young."
Extremely irritates me because you act like the Lakers had talent within their summer league team or as if their was some diamond in the ruff player that wasn't signed...
To summarize my statement so you can understand in much more simple terms is basically this. The Lakers have been a solid team therefore they don't have great picks. Without great picks, you can't draft great players. When you can't draft great players you sign players via Free Agency.