Since then, DW (Walsh) has arguably connected in the first round (Rik Smits, Malik Sealy, Travis Best, Al Harrington, Danny Granger, Gallo) more than he’s whiffed (Scott Haskin, Freddy Jones, Primoz Beszec, COUGHJordan HillCOUGH). He’s also made his fair share of late steals, with Antonio Davis (45th pick in 1990), James Jones (49th in 2003) and Landry Fields (39th in 2010) being chief among them.Can anyone name me an executive with a perfect, or even close to perfect, draft record?
No, he hasn’t been a drafting Carnac. But to those who count Miller as his only home run, consider this: During his tenure in Indiana, Walsh never had a pick higher than #10 — a testament to an overall GM savvy that helped transform the “small market” Pacers into a perennial contender.
Ryan Feldman, who does a great job talking to people at The Hoops Report, has this note about how the bigs fared in Jersey, specifically Smith.
Every NBA person I spoke with was unimpressed by any of the big men. The big men that came into the weekend with the best chances of being drafted were Greg Smith, Josh Harrellson and Jackson. Nobody was overly impressed by Smith and Harrellson. Smith was an intriguing prospect coming in, but scouts feel that he is too raw right now and doesn't have much skill. I heard some positive feedback on Jackson - nothing too negative - but it wasn't a consensus. The word was that Jackson played superb defense and rebounded the ball, which is what he has always been known to do.Jackson may benefit from the Zach Randolph model. That is not a comparison. He isn't the player Randolph is. But he's nonathletic, somewhat crafty and left-handed. I watched Jackson a ton at Portsmouth and his motor was sound, I just don't know if he has the edge to outwork bigs at the NBA level.