This is why Joe Dumars is a good general manager:
Nets president Rod Thorn released the 17th overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft on Monday.
Williams, a 6-foot-10 forward out of Boston College, averaged 4.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 126 career games. He saw limited action in 20 games this season, averaging 2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds.
Dumars easily could’ve drafted Williams if Detroit’s pick in that draft was a two spots lower. The Pistons don’t get credit for avoiding this bust. They certainly haven’t been immune to poor draft choices:
- Darko Milicic (No. 2 in 2003)
- Rodney White (No. 9 in 2001)
- Mateen Cleaves (No. 14 in 2000)
But Dumars fixed all those mistakes.
- He turned Milicic into Rodney Stuckey.
- He flipped White into a first-round pick that was used to acquire Rasheed Wallace.
- And he turned Cleaves into another first-round pick and Jon Barry, a valuable cog in making the Pistons a winner early last decade.
Dumars didn’t just let their value deteriorate and cut them two years later. Drafting Williams was a mistake by the Nets. Being in the position to cut him yesterday was another mistake – one Dumars wouldn’t have made.