So we effectively gave up a first round pick for Johnson, correct? Or we checuked the pick and happended to get Johnson as an FA, viewed another way. Based upon what I have seen that might be an ok deal. Should we conveniently ignore the other 3 picks we gave PHX though?
Oh I don't know....
One pick Phoenix gave up for Wesley Johnson(now a Laker)
The other pick is in 2015 which we have no idea the draft class of.
And we kept our draft pick for the stronger draft(First Round 2014). So that is a good thing.
Not to mention we basically just got two high lottery picks in Xavier Henry and Wesley Johnson who seem to be finding their games now and we're getting them at exactly that point rather then the 2-3 year trying to find their games period that other teams dealt with.
So if you ask me that's a bargain As Xavier and Wesley are probably more talented than anyone we'd have drafted with a middle of the pack first round 2013 pick we gave away for Nash and are at a point in their career where they've had 2 or so years in the league to really develop their game and find themselves and both Wesley and Xavier seem to be at that point so it may have been the perfect year to get them tbh because this year if any is likely the one they'll produce the best they can.
What their 'best' is remains to be seen but I have a feeling that this is pretty much the time we'll see it.
Xavier was injured his first year, and didn't get a lot of burn or a chance in New Orleans, and he was given up on, he came here and is in a style that really appeals to him, Wesley as well so I don't expect them to be superstars(though I will keep a close eye on Xavier) what I will say is that a system like D'antoni's brings out the most advantages to their respective styles and we have Farmar who is at the perfect point in his career to take advantage of it.
So those are big plus's.
We didn't win it with the "draft" but we made good enough moves this off-season that we didn't have to.
And I can't think of any middle of the pack 2013 draft pick that would have trumped Johnson, Xavier, Young or Farmar and we have Steve Nash in camp teaching and working with Farmar in the system that Nash made famous..
So if you ask me.. that ain't a bad trade off for a middle of the pack 2013 draft pick that Phoenix saw so little value in that they gave it away first chance they got.
Edited by Majesty, October 28, 2013 - 10:25 PM.