I hear what you are saying - and the BJ example is a very good analogy. I don't judge anybody who feels that they dont want to sacrifice draft position for a mediocre comeback the nets nothing. I personally don't though... the season is concrete - the draft is not. Getting a better draft pick may or may not improve the team. But getting into the post season definitely gives a chance to win the SB, whereas not getting in definitely does not.
Besides, we got greenway with that #17 pick. Not a bad pick up in the end. :)