You seem to have a hard and fast opinion. Trust me, your screen name aside, neither you nor anyone on this board is a basketball Nostradamus. Noel was/is a huge risk who, in his limited college career, showed nothing close to Anthony Davis.
99% of college prospects won't. He was still a lottery pick who wasn't the top overall pick in the draft solely
because of injury concerns.
Wiggins, in spite of all the amateur white adolescent boys jizzing in their pants, is far from a proven NBA can't miss.
Think you should probably read-up on this year's draft class VOR. Is anything a guarantee in professional sports? No, but this draft class has 4-5 of the closest things you'll ever see to sure things in the draft. Davis might not even be the top pick if he came out this year. This class is that good.
Saying "amateur white adolescent boys" are the ones jizzing their pants is a little ridiculous when every respectable draft analyst agrees this is the best draft class of the decade.
This current Pelicans roster is far from final. It's just a start. We've got our lottery pick franchise already. The rest will likely come from trades and, yes, FA signings. The roster does have tradeable assets, and FA's will come for the right situation and money.
So, unless you believe that every franchise other than those in New York, L.A., Miami, Chicago or Boston should just pack it in and call it day . . . GTFO.
Sure the roster is far from finished. It is, however, lacking much flexibility going forward. It's also undeniable that it's more difficult for small market teams to build outside of through the draft in the NBA.
I literally don't think yal realize how absurd this franchise could have been. In three years we could have selected:
1. The big man with the highest ceiling since Dwight Howard
2. The top overall prospect, another big man with the potential to form a Twin Towers duo with the aforementioned stud
3. A top backcourt stud from one of the most loaded classes in recent memory
It wouldn't have even been funny. Even if Noel never turns into anything we come out on top IMO.