I was looking back over Presti's drafts on Basketball Reference—as you do -- and I noticed he's pretty terrible at it.
If a top 5 pick doesn't land -- ala KD, Russ or Harden -- in his lap, he compulsively gambles on obscure unknowns, or players with known warts... And it's never worked out. Not here at least, although he has traded away plenty of talent.
The worst being Brandon Clarke for Bambi on Ice Bazley. After three years wracked with injury, Clarke still leads his draft class cohort in win share -- ahead of Zion Williamson and Ja Morant -- with 12.2. In hundreds more minutes, Bambi has accrued .6 of a single win share. Also, his PER is 10.2, half of Clarke's 20.1.
Naturally, this all shows up in PJP48, so I decided to redraft all Presti's picks from 2009 onwards up to his latest and probably, greatest draft.
My metric only has 700 or so players so far, so I couldn't go too far back, as there are hardly any players entered in the earlier years... However, it wasn't very hard to improve on his efforts. I simply opened my metric and picked players with highher scores still on the board at our draft spots.
The key data is the averages along the bottom.
Presti's drafts average the 28th pick, and a dismal career 11.7 PER well below the league average which is set at 15. His players also averae 11.2 win shares, although most of this is Harden alone. If you take his 146.8 WS out of the equation, the other 22 players average around 8. The players picked average 15.42 on PJP48.
My players picked on PJP48 average 19.84. PER of 16.8 and Win Shares of 25.86. They also average the 34th draft slot, so better value too.
Note, this year I kept my metric darling Sengun and also reversed that stupid trade of 34 and 36 for 32 to get JRE.