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  1. The 2018 Free Agents

    I whole heartedly disagree with you. Despite what Dillon Brooks did this year, most second round picks are not able to make it in the NBA. Out of the few that do, even less are contributing right away. Most likely, by the time the player we select in the second round is able to contribute at any significant level, our team will be different than we drafted him. As such you don't draft him to fit your current team, you draft who you think can develop into a contributor, eventually.
  2. Obligatory 2018 NBA Draft 2nd Round Thread

    Guys I like for a potential second round pick: My #1: Hamidou Diallo- ridiculous athleticism, may or may not become good at basketball. But has the length and athleticism that makes him worth a 2nd round gamble. If we drafted him, he would spend all of next year in the G league if I was in charge Shake Milton, Jalen Brunson, Rawle Akins, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Moritz Wagner, Melvin Frazier Now if any of these guys actually fell to the 2nd round, they would move into my number 1 slot: Aaron Holiday, Mitchell Robinson, Jacob Evans
  3. The 2018 Free Agents

    The fact that James Ennis can be a contributor on this team tells you why this team is so bad.
  4. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    I love how some people are discounting Doncic if his numbers go down in the playoffs. How about a little perspective? He's 19 years old, playing against grown men, where the entire scheme is to stop him. If he fails, it's a learning experience, not an indictment that he will be a bust. Kobe Bryant at 18 shot 4 airballs in a playoff game. At age 19, Kobe averaged 15.4 ppg in the regular season with the following shooting percentages .428/.341/.794. Yet in the postseason he averaged 8.7 ppg while shooting .408/ .214/ .689. I am not saying Doncic is Kobe Bryant. I'm saying you can fail as a teenager playing in a grown man's league and be OK in the long run. At that age, you aren't supposed to succeed. That is why everything Doncic has done is so impressive.
  5. The 2018 Free Agents

    Again- I am all for Okafor at the minimum. It's a worthy gamble. Even though I don't think he would sign here, I would still reach out to him. I am just saying I think he could find a better situation for him to be selfish and improve himself than the one that will be here.
  6. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    From what I've seen most Americans are more upset when a European draft pick fails as opposed to an American one. The common response is we should have known. It's stupid, but from my experiences, it is the common reaction.
  7. The 2018 Free Agents

    Maybe so. But I can't imagine there is no other team that won't offer more playing time than backing up Gasol (or Ayton). So if we don't offer him the best scenario to rehab his reputation, we would have to offer more money. I would not offer anything more than the minimum.
  8. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    Every pick should be best player available. Most second round picks don't make it. Of the ones that do, most are not huge contributors immediately. You don't know what your team will look like in 3 years when those players begin to really hit their stride. So don't draft trying to fit in with who you currently have. Draft the best player available.
  9. The 2018 Free Agents

    I'd love Okafor for the minimum. Low risk, possible upside. But if you're Okafor and have to sign a minimum deal to prove yourself, are you coming to back up Gasol or going somewhere that will allow you to be a starter?
  10. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    First of all, I'm anti- trading down. This is the NBA, not the NFL. Most of the time, the team with the single best player on the court has the advantage. Take the best player, don't trade down. But if you're going to trade down, 1) make sure the guy you think is the best will still be there. Boston last year went from 1 to 3 because they knew Philly was trading up for Fultz and LA was taking Ball. So the guy they wanted all along, Tatum, would be there at 3. In that scenario, it's a smart play. 2) If you trade down, you better get something GREAT out of it. Boston got another lottery pick for it. I don't get people whose desire is to trade down just to move off Parsons' contract. Is it a disaster of a contract? Yes. But what does getting rid of it now do? It would leave us with enough room to sign a player to a close to max deal. That would be great, except....Who do you think is worth that and wants to come play for a team that just finished with the second worst record in the league, whose best player is coming off a heel injury and no one knows how well he will fare going forward, and whose two best players are already north of 30? So what's going to happen with that money? You seriously overpay someone again and get stuck with another Parsons-like contract? The first person looking to take that money is Tyreke. The team will go from thinking they could sign him for the MLE to overpaying for him. Also, whatever star we draft (power of positive thinking) won't be ready to lead this team to great things for another couple of years. The better play is to hold onto Parsons and continue aiming for the summer of 2020. Don't sign any major deals past the summer of 2020. Parsons and Gasol expire that summer. Try to keep enough cap space to chase a couple of young guys to go with this star we are about to draft.
  11. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    I need to see some proof of this. I don't believe it for a minute. Yeah, I think you are the one misremembering or just flat out lying. The best Grizzlies team ever won 56 games, finishing 5th in the regular season in the West, before getting swept in the conference finals. The 94-95 Spurs won 62 games, finishing 1st in the West during the regular season, before losing 4-2 in the conference finals. So yes they did make it as far as the Grizzlies, and accomplished more in the process by having a better regular season and not getting swept. The next year the Spurs won 59 games before losing in the conference semi-finals. That team finished 2nd in the West with a record that is better than any regular season record in Grizzlies history. From the 96-97 Spurs (the team that went 20-62), out of the top 9 guys for minutes per game, 7 of them returned the next year for a team that went 56-26, which would have been the best season in Grizzlies history. The year after that, they won a title. So obviously the rest of that Spurs team wasn't the trash you are making them out to be.
  12. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    I have read and heard a lot about Doncic. I haven't heard anyone question his motor. Most "experts" love to talk about he isn't an elite athlete. Then a lot of common folk take that as he is a poor athlete. Most of what I have heard is Doncic is an above average athlete even by NBA standards, he's just not elite like LeBron, Giannis, Westbrook, etc.
  13. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    Robinson won't sniff the top 5. That's crazy talk.
  14. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    Ayton's size is clearly a plus. But I am not knocking other guy's for not knowing the exact position they will play or elevating Ayton for knowing what position he will play. Is Harden a SG or PG? Is LeBron a SF, PF, or a PG? If Giannis a SF or PF? Is Ben Simmons a SF, PF, or PG? Is Anthony Davis a PF or C? Is Draymond Green a PF or C? (That one is actually funny because the knock coming out of college was Draymond was too short to play PF) Was Tim Duncan a PF or C? Is Durant a SF or PF? Plenty of superstars don't fit the mold of one position. Plenty of superstars are limited to one position. I don't care either way. I only care if they can play basketball.
  15. Ping pong time.

    It's random. NBA doesn't decide. Drop the conspiracy theories. I understand why so many have this mindset- lack of faith in the front office and organization. I share the lack of faith; I don't share this opinion. Give me #1. Let me take the player I think is the best. The success rate of #1 is vastly greater than #2, #2 better than #3, and so on. We need a star. I want the #1 pick.