Every time Paul Millsap has a game like he did last night, I think back to that night in 2006 when Utah Jazz nation first became acquainted with the beastly beast that is Paul. I wanted to do some deeper digging and this is what I found........
Many teams used stupidity, overhyping, and other means necessary to avoid Paul Millsap. This allowed him to fall to the Jazz with the 47th pick. I'd like to thank those teams individually.
Big thanks to the Toronto Raptors! With the first pick in the draft, they selected powerless forward Andrea Bargnani from Italy. Bargnani was thought of as the next Dirk. Though he has improved, Bargnani holds career averages 15.1 points per game and a putrid 4.9 rebounds. In addition, he has been abysmal on defense. I'd take Paul any day that ends in y were I given a choice.
Congrats to Portland, who selected LaMarcus Aldridge with the second overall pick. He is perhaps the only power forward I would take over Millsap from this draft. Way to go! You only had to have a 45 pick head start to get it right!
With the fourth pick, the Chicago Bulls selected Tyrus Thomas. In his career, Tyrus has managed to block a few shots, dunk a few lob passes, rebound on occasion, develop no post game, have a large immaturity problem, and battled injuries. Remember when we allegedly almost traded Boozer for this guy? Yeah, again, I have to stick with Paul.....
With pick number five, Atlanta picked Shelden Williams. Shelden holds the distinction of being the only player in the NBA whose wife is a better basketball player than he is. At any rate, he is nothing but trade fodder. Apparently, he is on the Nets now.
Cedric Simmons was selected with pick #15. Simmons hasn't been in the league since 2009 and is kicking around Europe somewhere. Hey, there was this one time when he scored, so don't be too hard on him.
Josh Boone is the next power forward to check in. Boone could never quite put it all together and has been playing overseas since 2010.
Joel Freeland was selected by the Blazers with the last pick in the first round. He has never left Europe to come over and at this point probably never will.
Craig Smith was claimed by Minnesota at #36. He has had a decent career, but not anywhere near Paul Millsap level. Currently, he is with division rival Portland.
James Augustine had a barely noticeable career. He played just over 20 games over two years and washed out. He was drafted 41st by Orlando.
Alexander Johnson, the 45th pick, had a similar career path to Augustine. He played for two years and washed out.
In conclusion, a big thank you goes out to all the teams who took other power forwards. Your incompetence, your lack of vision, your ineptitude, and your inability to scout has led the Jazz to acquire one of their biggest fan favorites of all time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and wish you nothing but the worst scouting in the future!