Darrell ArthurAfter 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.