Uh...Stefanski said that two weeks ago. You can ignore it, but he said it and I believe he meant it. And moreover, I hope that they follow it. I always believe you take the best player available rather than try to fill an IMMEDIATE need. When you have a veteran team with solid players at each position, drafting to fill an immediate need doesnt make much sense.Netted- said:I don't believe the "best player available" mantra will prevail again this draft. I beleive it will be "best available player" that "fills a need". When you are picking down in the 20s you look for need. The differences between the players are not as great and are more about eye of the beholder.
When the Nets chose Collins it was based on need not that he was best available. They had no centers as MacCulloch was not signed yet, so they took the best available center. They can't go into the season drafting another wing with the first pick. Not in the 20s. There shouldn't be one that is more overwhelming in skill than the best available big.
Was it a slap in the face of Jefferson and Carter that they drafted Wright or was it slap in the face of Collins and Krstic when they signed Shareef Abdur-Rahim?Netted- said:Like I said, I don't think the differences in talent are that big when you get down into the 20s. I'm not concerned with the starting lineup as much as I am with big depth. If they exercise Cliffy's option for next season, I think at age 40 they need to use him more sparringly like the Spurs do with Horry.
I would hope Stefanski isn't so cemented in his opinion about a draft two months from now where a) he doesn't know where he's picking and b) you don't know who will be declaring. I also think it would be a slap in the face of the players on the current team if he came out and openly said they need to draft a big. I think he's smarter than to openly declare that to the media with the season still in play.
I would be more than shocked if the Nets trade up and draft a wing that is the "best available' player at the time.