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March 25, 2011, 04:16 AM
Since 2000, there have been 19 white player drafted in the top 10 picks of the NBA draft. 9 of those players have gone on to have succesful NBA careers. 5 of those have gone on to be stars, with 2 of the others (Bargnani and Gallinari still to be debated).

Most of the other players either have bounced between the D league and Europe, never played in the NBA, or failed in the NBA. 6 of these players were top 3 picks.

My questions is why do NBA teams continue to draft white players so high, when there success rate in the league is so low?

P.S. Chicago, Toronto, and Milwaukee all drafted 2 of these players.
March 25, 2011  03:27 PM ET

If I were to start a thread like this, and say that the NFL should stop drafting black QB's so high, everyone would throw a fit, but it's ok to say that an NBA team shouldn't draft a white guy so high?

Yeah, but white people are the racists.

March 25, 2011  04:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If I were to start a thread like this, and say that the NFL should stop drafting black QB's so high, everyone would throw a fit, but it's ok to say that an NBA team shouldn't draft a white guy so high?Yeah, but white people are the racists.

I just don't understand why NBA GMs would take a less than 50/50 gamble, when they could easily get higher odds than that. It's not about white players only playing certain positions, it's about GMs making the a lower percentage play when there are higher odds available.

March 26, 2011  01:22 AM ET

10 drafts since 2000. There have been 100 top-10 picks. You choose less than 20% to try and make a point. Since you didn't list names and it's too late for me to be arsed to double check I'll assume your numbers are right. If you want to try and prove your point (that black players are a safer bet in the top 10) you might want to check the overall numbers of everyone drafted top-10 in the last ten years.

Also, you're obviously oversimplifying the entire drafting/scouting process to try and make a racial point, but I'm honestly not surprised at that.

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March 30, 2011  01:35 PM ET

I'd like to see a list of all of those draft picks. Any chance you could post those or put a link?

April 7, 2011  03:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I'd like to see a list of all of those draft picks. Any chance you could post those or put a link?

2010-Gordon Haywood #9 Utah (I'm not convinced)
2009-Ricky Rubio #5 Minnisota??
2008-Kevin Love (SOLID) #5 Minnisota
-Daniel Gallinari (close to SOLID) #6 New York
-Joe Alexander (garbage?) #8 Milwaukee
2007-Spencer Hawes (garbage) #10 Sacremento
2006-Andrea Bargnani (overated, but SOLID) #1 Toronto
-Adam Morrison (garbage) #3 Charlotte
2005-Andrew Bogut (SOLID) #1 Milwaukee
2004-Rafael Araujo (garbage) #8 Toronto
-Luke Jackson (garbage) #10 Cleveland
2003-Darko Milicic (garbage) #2 Detroit
-Chris Kaman (SOLID) #6 LA CLippers
-Kirk Hinrich (SOLID) #7 Chicago
2002-Mike Dunleavy (SOLID) #3 Golden State
-Nickoloz Tskitishvili (??) #5 Denver
2001-Pau Gasol (SOLID) #3 Memphis
2000-Mike Miller (SOLID) #5 Orlando
-Chris Mihm (garbage) #7 Chicago

 
April 7, 2011  03:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

2010-Gordon Haywood #9 Utah (I'm not convinced)2009-Ricky Rubio #5 Minnisota??2008-Kevin Love (SOLID) #5 Minnisota-Daniel Gallinari (close to SOLID) #6 New York-Joe Alexander (garbage?) #8 Milwaukee2007-Spencer Hawes (garbage) #10 Sacremento2006-Andrea Bargnani (overated, but SOLID) #1 Toronto-Adam Morrison (garbage) #3 Charlotte2005-Andrew Bogut (SOLID) #1 Milwaukee2004-Rafael Araujo (garbage) #8 Toronto-Luke Jackson (garbage) #10 Cleveland2003-Darko Milicic (garbage) #2 Detroit-Chris Kaman (SOLID) #6 LA CLippers-Kirk Hinrich (SOLID) #7 Chicago2002-Mike Dunleavy (SOLID) #3 Golden State-Nickoloz Tskitishvili (??) #5 Denver2001-Pau Gasol (SOLID) #3 Memphis2000-Mike Miller (SOLID) #5 Orlando-Chris Mihm (garbage) #7 Chicago

There it is! Can't wait to hear the arguments for Chris Mihm.....

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