Strong drafts turned weak
If I can recall right, the 2012 draft was considered a fairly strong draft before the collegiate season started. After the season ended once prospects started to declare the draft went from strong to weak almost instantly.
What do most on the site consider a strong draft at this point?
I would consider the 2014 Andrew Wiggins draft to be strong.
A strong draft has superstars.
The BEST drafts have superstars AND depth.
I agree with the 2014 class being a strong draft. The thing I don't want to see happen, is majority of the One & Done prospects not live up to the hype when the collegiate season starts.
I would call 2012 a solid draft. Not alot of hall of famers or all-stars but was pretty deep meaning more players will have an "NBA career"
2007 was projected to be one of the all-time great drafts. Looking back it has so many busts it is ridiculous, although it has produced a likely hall of famer in Kevin Durant, not sure that outweighs Oden, Jianlian, Corey Brewer, Branden Wright, Spencer Hawes, Acie Law, Julian Wright and Al Thornton going in the lottery.
Every year is basically the same. Everyone always says players should declare ASAP because the following year's draft is loaded with incoming freshman X, Y, and Z. Then the college season starts and people find flaws in these freshman's game that they didn't notice in their highlight packages and suddenly it becomes a weak draft that everyone should declare for because the following year's draft is so strong.
Having said that, Wiggins and Parker legitimately look like elite prospects, but it honestly wouldn't surprise me if everyone starts saying "Yeah, these couple of guys look like great choices at the top of the draft, but after that, it's a complete crapshoot. Next year's draft will be better!"
You hit it on the nose with where I am trying to get with this thread.
I think 2012 was pretty disappointing due to the fact must "experts" were legitimately comparing Davis to Duncan and even Russell... I like Beal and Waiters, I like Drummond, and obviously Lillard has been great. But the class has a pretty low ceiling for the most part.
2007 was a good one. Legit disappointment at the top and a lot of lottery flops.
I'd argue 2009 was the opposite of this. Everyone thought Blake was a one man draft, but we got Harden, Tyreke, Curry, Jennings, Rubio, Lawson, a lot of pretty legit NBA players.
I was about to say I thought 2009 was one of the weakest drafts around and ended up being full of stars depth and a plethora of point guards.
I don't think anybody thought this could be a "strong" draft much rather a "deep" draft. Big difference.
You can have a strong (i.e. 2003)
You can have a deep draft (i.e. 2012)
You can have a weak draft, (i.e. 2000)