I was thinking about tanking, which I am arguably hardcore against, and how so far Ayton hasn't been worth throwing away the franchise's honor and dignity , which is what the Suns did for at least several years. No, Luka Doncic wouldn't have clearly been worth that either, because so far he has not led the Mavericks near a championship.
I was going to say that in order to tempt me to retroactively accept the tank, Ayton would now have to how signs of becoming as great as Giannis Antetokuonmpo. Then I made a realization that dismayed me: Antetokunmpo wasn't drafted until the 15th pick of his draft! The Suns could easily have drafted him without tanking! And they wasted the pick on Alex Len. I suppose I'm the last to notice this, but it's still the same realization.
I have a problem with certain kinds of tanking. Winning is the goal, but every organization has to be able to make strategic decisions that might hamper your short term goals of winning. So, for example, if they play the young guys in order to find out what they are and to develop them, great. If they trade away veterans for picks or young talent that needs to be developed, again, great. But if they sit the better players solely to lose games, like Dallas did a few years ago, I'm against that.
And I don't agree with your statement that we "threw away the franchise's dignity and honor" for "several years". I think you're selling us short there, we had little dignity or honor to lose and we probably lost more games to being tremendously incompetent than we did to tanking.
And much of our tanking came after playoffs were out of our reach. I never consider late season "rest the vets, play the kids" as actual tanking. It's been done long before it had any real ties to the draft tanking we've seen the past decade or so. We had one full season of tanking that bothered me but I'm okay with the rest of it.