Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The #2 Pick

Ah, the #2 pick. The Grizzlies have an enchanting history with the #2 pick that involves Steve Francise, Stromile Swift, and Darko Milicic.

So how will our cuddly Grizzly bears use the enchanting pick this year?

Here are the David-Loves-The-Grizzlies-approved outcomes in order of preference:

If a team that is not the Grizzlies or the Clippers acquires Blake Griffin, I can't even describe how infuriated I will be.

Not only will it mean that the Grizzlies simply didn't put enough on the table, but it will also mean that the Grizzlies do not read my blog.

2. Draft Ricky Rubio and keep him.

If Rubio can't coexist with OJ Mayo, then Rubio is a bust, and no one will blame the Grizzlies. I'm sure someone will pay a premium to double-check whether Rubio is a bust later in the season or next summer. He'll still be tradeable.

But we have to try it, don't we? We owe it to everyone who has ever cared about basketball.

3. Draft Rubio and trade him.

You cannot draft anyone else at #2 and keep him. The embarassment will be too much when Rubio is dominating and Thabeet can't get a second contract.

If you really can't keep Rubio, then you have to trade him for a significant young player like Kevin Love or a couple of assets that could pan out, like Minnesota's #5 and #6 picks.

Today's trades have proven that there are one-sided deals to be had. If #1 and #2 don't work, then the Grizzlies better go find one of those lopsided deals.

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