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Regrets and the 2004 draft

"Regretting Devin Harris.  You think the Clippers are sad that they drafted Shaun Livingston (of the Tulsa 66ers) ahead of Devin Harris in 2004?  Imagine how Dallas feels?  They had the guy, and then traded him for Jason Kidd, at the same time giving away 2 first round picks, $3M in cash, and an actual ton of cap space.  All Harris did was immediately prove to be better than Kidd and make the All Star team.  He's averaging 22.7 points and 7.1 assists per game - oh, and he's 9 years younger than Kidd."--CS Clips vs Nets game preview 3/15/09.

Thirty three minutes played.  Finishing the game with fourteen points after having attempted eleven shots (making six) and hitting two of three free throws.  Two rebounds and fourteen assists.  Shaun Livingston’s performance in his last complete game as a Los Angeles Clipper showed us a glimpse of what’s to come.  We...every one of us...all knew that Sam I Am will soon be coming off the bench.  It was only a matter of time...but it was going to happen sooner, rather than later.  We knew that a healthy Cassell will help us during the playoffs, but we also knew that it was Livingston, not Cassell, who would have to play the most minutes in every game to get us there.  And once Sam I Am decided to retire (or coach), we knew we were going to be alright.  Were the Clippers sad that they drafted Livingston ahead of Devin Harris?  At the time, I seriously doubt it.  At 6’7”, he towered over every point guard in the league.  His court vision had been likened to Magic with excellent ball-handling skills, passing ability, and speed.  He and Quinton Ross shared the responsibility of guarding the opposing team’s best player because of his quick hands and good lateral movement.  All he had to do was 1) grow into his body and 2) believe what we all knew: that if he played with confidence and asserted himself in every game, he would be the most dangerous weapon on the Clipper’s roster.  How many rosters in today’s NBA have the players that would be able to guard him...?  Dallas should regret letting Harris go.  To break up a core of Nowitzki, Howard, and Harris was just utter folly.  (I would call it karma catching up to one of the more obnoxious owners in the NBA.)  The Clippers regretting having drafted Livingston?  I hope not.  I don't think they should regret drafting Livingston over Al Jefferson (#15 to the Celtics) either.  They have other, worse drafts to regret....like drafting Korolev ahead of Danny Granger in 2005 (WTF???!!!).  Or maybe even drafting Lionel Chalmers in the second round instead of Chris Duhon or Trevor Ariza.  BTW, Livingston has been playing some decent minutes with the Tulsa 66ers:  24, 30, and 34 minutes in his last three games.  Am I alone in thinking that the Clips should bring back Livingston, risking maybe the league minimum salary, and give him the opportunity to finish what he started?

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