After reading Darren’s post and reading some other commentary around the web, I found it very surprising that no one felt that the teams or scouts were at fault in the Darrell Arthur situation. Don’t get me wrong, I agree his agent certainly fumbled the ball in regards to clarifying his client’s medical condition to the league. But what about the scouts and GMs around the league? Twenty-seven teams passed up on one of the most talented big men in the draft. For a team to pass on a player like Arthur based on a rumor is absolutely ridiculous.
There must have been a point in the draft where Darrell Arthur was the number 1 player on that team’s board, and they did not pull the trigger based on a foolish rumor. Missing out on such talent can really hinder the team’s development.
Now, this Arthur situation is truly unique, but let’s turn the clock back a bit. Kwame Brown, Robert Traylor, Darko Milicic, Luke Jackson, and Tyrus Thomas are just a few of the major lottery picks who turned out to be serious disappointments. I know that every draft in every sport has its busts, but when there are only two rounds for a bad team to make improvements, it is imperative that they get it right.
Overall, you can’t help but feel bad for Darrell Arthur’s draft experience.