Apologies for editing Chris' update here. I have a question for the day and figured we did not need two threads.
So my question for the day is this: Based on size alone does Robert Swift justify his draft pick of 3 years ago? Granted he has yet to pan out, but there are a ton of variables that make good picks sometimes fail. IMO the biggest question about Swift has always been whether he would physically develop into the center the team needs and he has done so. The transformation is simply incredible if you saw Rob 2 years ago. You can look at him now and say "that was a great job of anticipating his physical growth by management."
Drafts are weird. For all the criticism of Mo Sene we just saw Cedric Simmons traded for cap relief. While we wish that every pick turned into a great player sometimes you simply have to work with what was available and play the odds. The odds were that Swift would still be skinny right now.
If you have read SonicCentral.com for more than just the summer months, you know that we are fans of the writing of Kevin Pelton. Today Kevin has provided us with a couple of great articles on the heels of the Sonics media day. The first is about a Supersized Robert Swift. In that article Pelton has a great quote from coach P.J. Carlesimo:
"He's going to be a very good player, there's no doubt in my mind. He's got to be given the room and the time for it happen.
The second article is about how the Sonics feel they are ready to have some great competition for playing time this training camp. KP pulls another great quote from coach P.J. Carlesimo:
"I don't have a starting one," Carlesimo said at Monday's annual Media Day, asked if he has a starting five in mind. "Honestly. I think that's a good thing. I think the players understand that.