I've been seeing this in a couple of threads related to the draft this year, and I thought I should just state my thoughts on this in it's own thread. What I'm referring to is the idea that we should trade down in the draft in order to avoid another "Darko situation". But I'm struggling to see how that applies to this team at all. Almost non of the parameters are the same in our current situation. First, this isn't the 2003 draft. While it is true you cannot judge the production of a draft class before they enter the league, but you know when I draft has a chance to be historic. That feeling isn't around this draft. Nor are we drafting with a pick that isn't our own. What made the Darko situation hurt so was the opporitunity to add a franchise player for Otis Thorpe. A franchise player to a contending Eastern conference team, then with a young core and a great coach. This current team is far from a playoff team, let alone a contender. We have new additions who we aren't exactly sure how they fit. We're picking with our pick coming off a season of much disapointment with a first year coach whom the jury is still out on. Not to mention in a conference with a bonafide megastar and a dominant big man. Darko wasn't a failure on pure basketball talent, rather a perfect storm of problems. A coach who doesn't have a great history with rookies, a team with an established & proven rotation, an unknown quantity in a mysterious European big man over college basketball's National Championship supserstar, a young player who expects playing time based on draft position rather than previous team success, and a wrist injury hindering an off-season when time would actually open up due to free agent departures. Just typing that out reminded me just of how much went wrong. To tie that all in to my main point, all draft busts aren't Darko Milicic and I think we're doing ourselves a disservice to equate them. Draft busts are more a part if the draft than the studs, and the team shouldn't be afraid to wiff on a pick if the reward makes the risk worthwhile. And until this team gets a high draft pick that lives up to the high fan expectations, we're likely to hold onto that Darko memory. This really is our first chance at atonement, so to speak. But whoever we pick is not Darko, they'll likely get the opporitunities that escaped him and won't be under the same pressure. We were a marquee team back then, now we're largely out of the minds of the casual fan. We play like on national television maybe twice. I'd like to think the organization has learned from their past mistakes from the Darko situation and has a chance to prove themselves here. I know Roscoe has previously disagreed with my assertion that there isn't even a Darko in this draft by saying, "there's a Darko in every draft" but I wholeheartedly disagree. Darko just represents more to me than a high draft pick who never contributed to his team. Let's just not do anything in the spirit of "avoiding another Darko" because frankly, we aren't even in the same position to get one.