Q: About draft night, tell me your reaction to seeing the fans boo the selection of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and was there any desire to weigh in to have the team select (Michigan point guard) Trey Burke?
A: I was actually in the draft room, but I did hear about it and I understand. I think Trey is a great player and he did so much for the University of Michigan. I totally understand, but we took the philosophy of being in this draft what we needed as a team and we did take a bit of a win-now attitude. Our philosophy going in was we really wanted to have someone kind of slip right in to the team and help us win now. We felt that Kentavious could help us do that. Having said that, obviously Trey Burke is a great player. He’s going to do great. It wouldn’t be good for either one of us to just make the move for popularity just to get a good hooray from the fans.
The draft is not a good tool for becoming an immediate winner, and treating it as such tends to be poor strategy. Take the best prospect available, using fit only to differentiate between prospect who rate equally otherwise, and go from there.
Joe Dumars deviated from his typical post-draft talk this season, emphasizing need in ways he never did after selecting Andre Drummond, Brandon Knight and Greg Monroe. There are good reasons for taking Kentavious Caldwell-Pope over Trey Burke, but needing a shooting guard more than a point guard isn’t one of them.
At this point, here’s my question: Did Gores convince Dumars to have a “win-now attitude” in the draft, or did Dumars tell Gores this was the best approach?