@Rationali dont think its cheap...since the Jazz has one of the
highest player payrolls in the previous years
"As it turned out, Lopez tore his ACL in the summer of 2002 during the FIBA
World Championships, his second such injury."Why would you draft
someone who already had one ACL injury? Better still, why would you also draft
a center, Curtis Borchardt, with a history of injuries the very next year?The same reason you would let Wes Matthews go -- CHEAP!Cheap
has bitten the Jazz in the butt many a time.
I don't think you can look backward. 27 other teams passed on Parker too.
And was he able to develop because the Spurs had a strong core with Duncan, etc.
There is no guarantee he would have stuck around Utah this long or had the same
type of career. If he were here, would the Jazz have drafted Deron
Williams or even been in a position to have the 3rd overall pick? While Deron
isn't here, the Jazz have some great developing front court players because
of the trade, with one more draft pick in the cupboard. And if you
talk about Karl Malone's salary, you have to note the Karl was chronically
under paid for the first 12 years of his career. He didn't brake the 5
million mark until the Jazz had gone to the NBA Finals. Consider Enis Kanter
nearly makes that much right now. Yeah, Parker is great, but the
Jazz can't go living gin the past. Lopez was a legit prospect that suffered
major injuries and didn't pan out. It's happened to a lot of teams.
The draft is an inexact science.
The Jazz have a history of making bad draft decisions, unfortunately. A few
come to mind immediately but, in the interest of being kind, I won't be
specific. Jazz fans already know who is included.