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  1. We might have to hope that Zion Williamson hits the rookie wall. Even then, he might pulverize it.
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    Memphis Grizzlies @ LA Lakers - 2/21/20

    Nice move a minute ago by Jaren.
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    2020 draft class, well, kind of sucks

    I didn’t know Nesmeth shot that well from 3. Didn’t watch him and now he is hurt. I don’t see him much on the mocks. Markus Howard is too low. Even though he is small he projects as a high volume 3 point sniper. In this draft he should be looked at as high as the late lotto, even if he only projects as a long-term 6th man. Reggie Perry is intriguing. Udoka can play. Big man with strength. Could probably lose a few pounds and get quicker without losing his power. Really good lob threat. I’m sure some March Madness heroes will move up the draft boards. I am liking some guys in this year’s draft: LaMelo (but maybe not at 1), Wiseman, Haliburton, Matt Mitchell (my obligatory sleeper pick at 1), Deni, Makur Maker, along with Anthony Edwards, Okongwu, and Jaden McDaniels (although I am not 100% sold on those last 3). Probably a “trade down draft” where FO’s/scouts need to stay up all night studying/cramming like it’s finals week in college.
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    Memphis Grizzlies @ LA Lakers - 2/21/20

    Are they gonna validate our parking at Wally World?
  5. That could work. Melton is a heady basketball player who has shown the ability to score. His tough defense and secondary ball handling usually helps whichever lineup he is a part of. Maybe those guys plus Tyus/Josh/Clarke should be our tighter 8 man rotation — at least for a game or two. Let Dieng and Kyle take notes. We lost our “gimme game” on this road trip to nowhere — Slo Mo and Yuta and the deep bench bunch might as well go to Wally World.
  6. What would you go with? Assuming you replace Slo Mo, do you go with Melton, Josh or Clarke? Or... Yuta? Not sure what I would do. I might toss a coin between Melton, Josh and Clarke. Coins only have two sides? Oh well!
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    Does Yuta Watanabe deserves last roster spot

    Yuta could have played last night. Maybe even started. Heck, he couldn’t have done any worse.
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    So are Jaren and Dillon good yet?

    I would like to have seen Ja getting going EARLIER. We were already down when he went to work in the 4th. Actually, Jaren and the 2nd unit bench monsters played great and tried to dig us out of that hole. Our team needs more shooting. Especially on the wing. Ja and Jaren going gangbusters at the SAME TIME would be nice too! Melton/Josh played great! I still haven’t seen many/any legit pick and pops between Ja and Jaren — especially early in the offense. Often times, when Jaren sets the pick he dives to the paint or trails Ja which clutters the paint and helps the defense (since they can easily collapse). Jaren should flare out to the 3 point line once he sets the pick. Jonas or Clarke should be in the dunker’s spot/baseline for the quick lob. If the defense still runs Jaren off the 3 line then there should be some open wing shooters. Or, JJJ does a delayed roll to the basket for either a quick post up or an alley oop. Maybe we should implement some elements of the triangle offense too. Ja, Jaren, Clarke, Josh, Dillon, Slo Mo, Melton, Marko, Tyus, Jonas, and Dieng all seem like guys who would have been comfortable on those 90’s Bulls teams.
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    Dusty Hannahs - 10 day contract

    He can shoot!
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    Does Yuta Watanabe deserves last roster spot

    We should try to get him as many minutes on the big boy squad as possible. He’s basically auditioning for a real contract next season. He’s a long, young, fairly athletic 2 way utility player. He might never be a sixth man but his skill set screams 12th man. You can just do a lot of different things with him if you have a legit point guard and a legit big man out on the floor with him. Longer-term I think he can be groomed as the next Kyle Anderson. So maybe an 8th or 9th man since Winslow will probably start at the 3 and since the 6th man role probably goes to Melton or a big man or an instant-offense guy. Next season, depending on who resigns, I would give Yuta a regular contract and make him the 12th man. I would keep a smaller roster with a couple of part time guys (13th/14th man) being 2 way contract guys. If our team needs 13 full time players then we can trade for someone or explore the buy out market.
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    So are Jaren and Dillon good yet?

    Jaren has a low floor at least in terms of numbers. Ceiling is higher than lots of guys in his class. Maybe even more than Trae and Luka. Neither showed me a TON this past weekend. Less “wow” factor than some other guys or maybe the hype train failed. Luka wasn’t even the fattest guy on the court — which was actually strange.
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    2020 draft class, well, kind of sucks

    Oops. Yeah. In that case we should trade up. On the other hand, if we don’t really like anyone at 41ish maybe we should trade DOWN (for a late second and future picks) if we can’t trade up for a better player.
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    So are Jaren and Dillon good yet?

    Jaren definitely has a weird stat line. Maybe Cliff Robinson did 18/5/1.5/1.5. Maybe not even Uncle Cliffy pulled it off. Last I looked, Jaren had a comparable stat line this season to an early 30’s Bob McAdoo (on the Lakers at the time). Last year Jaren put up the same stats at Kareem when KAJ was 40. What does this mean? Probably means we haven’t seen a guy like this in at least 25 years. Or, maybe we got a guy who’s “upside” resembles a 70’s or 80’s great.
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    So are Jaren and Dillon good yet?

    Jaren is ABSOLUTELY the guy I thought he was. lol We are winning so who cares. Chip is right in that he needs to still put in work. This off-season is gonna help determine if he has legit All Star upside or whether he is just a high end plug-and-play role player a la Shane Battier or Robert Horry (but with more size and scoring). If we did a redraft I think he would go anywhere in the top 5.