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Drafting a Defensive Specialist?

Gotta be a factor on both ends.

 

"To me, Leonard is the type of wing you need in today's NBA to field a winning team.  He's probably your fourth or even fifth option offensively, but one of top two or three most valuable players because of the other things he brings to the table...( Franchise)"

If there's one thing I want from the fifth pick, its that we pick up a piece that helps us move forward towards fielding a more complete and successful team. We aren't going to draft a top tier player that is worth building around. That much has been clear for a while. However, I am a fan of Franchise and McGateway's thinking about seeing this as an opportunity to address another need on the roster.

The question I have is whether it's best to draft a defensive specialist in the NCAA or is it better to try and acquire one who has proven that they can do it on the NBA level via either free agency or trade? I ask because I would want a defensive specialist who has some track record of both finishing in the paint and making the corner three. These are both things that the Aztec Sports Editor cited as not being in Kawhi's toolbox at this time. While I can understand not being able to hit the NBA three quite yet, not finishing inside is a concern. We don't have the kind of offensive firepower that can create a space for a player with limited ability on offense. The question Leonard has to dispel is that he's able to score the ball efficiently, to the point that he can one day take on a bigger share of the load when up against...say bench players.

Sonny Weems has washed out. James Johnson we're not sure what we've got there, and more importantly whether he's committed to refining those skills so that his usage and court time is justified by efficient results. It's entirely possible that we draft Kawhi and end up with only him and Kleiza in the SF rotation two years from now. I just don't want to risk getting back to that revolving door at the wing situation we had with GrahamParkKaponoMoon. Making offense for defense substitutions in situations where we needed both at the same time.

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