If upper management sucks, you would need the mother of all luck's to build a title challenger. But that's irrelevant, the reality is that the raptor model is very hard to replicate, as evidenced by how few teams can actually do it.
So the key question is how hard is it, because if it's hard enough, you can't even call it a model.
If there are certain steps that when done right, it will lead to a high chance of success, it's one thing. But if you can do everything right, and still fail most of the time - it'sa whole different matter.At the end of the day, it's a clear fact that the higher the pick, the likelier it will develop into a great player. So you could easily make the argument that if Masai was able to turn mediocre picks into a winning team, he would have done far better with better picks 😉
Not really. There's a whole host of factors which complicate drafting and make it the crapshoot it is. Prospects like Hasheem Thabeet aren't a result of poor drafting, since they were slotted to go in the high lottery regardless of which team got them. They're a result of the inherent risk of drafting for potential, coupled with the difficulty of grooming a winner of a player in an organization which lacks a winning culture.
Raptors and Spurs model aren't luck; they're sustained. The lottery is luck, and dumb one at that too.