Plenty of reasons to like this draft class

Updated: June 23, 2009, 2:08 PM ET
By Jay Bilas
The conventional wisdom has been that this is a weak NBA draft, and I do not necessarily disagree with that line of thinking. This draft does not have the sex appeal or star power at the top as 2003 (LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Kirk Hinrich) or 2005 (Deron Williams, Chris Paul), but there are some very good players available and some really good value throughout this draft.

You just have to be able to find it and believe in it. And in some cases, you have to be able to wait.

I have been pretty consistent in saying throughout the years that I have a great deal of respect for the job that NBA general managers and their scouting teams have to do every year in evaluating talent and making decisions. The draft is essentially intelligence gathering and projecting out the development of talent. There is not a front-office executive alive who has been right every time or who has it all figured out. Talent evaluation and decision-making is tough stuff and requires a lot of hard work and difficult decisions. And every front-office executive and scout is defined by his or her mistakes. It is an inexact science in which every decision is dissected after the fact with the benefit of hindsight.