let's play a game: where would Presti be if portland had picked durant
The whole idea of the one path to contending is a myth.
But the draft is still important. Every title team (other than the fluky Pistons team) has had at least one of their top 2 players obtained in the draft. You've got to find a star first and the draft remains the best way to acquire a star. Having 1sts gives you cheap, long term labor and is also an attractive asset to other teams (see Demps, Dell or the Celtics trade for Ray Allen).
No one has really tried what Demps is doing, but I like it. Contending is ultimately on Davis's timetable, but hes got a good, young, flexible team that will keep everyone (players, fans, media, etc) interested. After 2 years in the wilderness, the team has some league wide relevance and Demps should be commended for his work this sunmer.
This post was edited on 7/5 at 7:37 pm