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  1. Yeah, that's my feeling. Carter will be a good player, but that skill set is much more replaceable than Jaren's.
  2. Yeah, it definitely has more to do with core strength than just total weight. I think Ben Taylor described this well in his video on Jaren last year. He seems to have poor balance, almost like he is top heavy, and leans on players in the post to compensate. The good thing is I bet this will improve on its own as he ages.
  3. acarina

    Is Jenkins an NBA level coach?

    For real. This simple fact has not penetrated much of this board: 45% of the team salary is dead money, going to players that have not seen the court (Jackson/Iggy), and Hill. What players remain make up one of the youngest teams in the league. This means the Grizz are going to lose a lot of games and blow a lot of leads. I'm just glad that there has been a competitive stretch in most of the games.
  4. acarina

    What's wrong with Jaren?

    The thing that impresses me about Ja is not just that he's 20, but that he just had a kid a few months ago. That is a huge transition for a 20 year old in 6 months.
  5. acarina

    What's wrong with Jaren?

    Wasn't he taking classes at MSU this Summer? Wonder how much that took away from his training time or his focus when training? It's really hard to make multiple things a priority at the same time.
  6. acarina

    Vancouver Throwback Jerseys

    I've tried to get a definitive answer on this without success. I did find this article which lists the dates when the Grizz are playing with the throwback unis: Looks like Nov 23rd vs the Lakers is the first game the team plays with the throwback. I'd guess is that the release will be timed with this.
  7. Fivethirtyeight just released their RAPTOR rating for this season (supposed to update daily): Like any stat, don't take it too literally (especially with a small sample of games), but I found it pretty interesting. The visualizations are fun to play with. RAPTOR likes Jaren on defense, but it killing him on offense (no surprise) Brandon continues his run as a next-gen stats darling. He is positive on defense and offense. It is pretty negative on Ja's defensive rating, something that I haven't heard discussed too much. Long term, I don't expect him to be a positive defender, but it would be nice if he can eventually become a break even defender in a couple of years. Shocker, Marko is by far the worst player on the team. Terrible offensive and defensive rating. Dillon is rating pretty well also.
  8. acarina

    Is Jenkins an NBA level coach?

    Probably in the minority here, but I'd rather err on the side of playing a rookie too little than too much. An injury seem way more likely to derail a players development than the benefit of a few more minutes per game, and winning doesn't matter this season anyway. For the opposite approach see: Fizz and RJ. He's playing like a desperate coach that is trying to hang on to his job and he's putting RJ in a situation where he is playing 40+ minute games exposing him to unnecessary injury risk when the team is terrible. As a fan, I'm more annoyed with the way Ja's time is split up constantly. I'd rather he be out there for longer stretches.
  9. Jaren should obviously be held to a higher standard than Dillon, but just glancing at the stats I'd say JJJ has been slightly more productive than Brooks. His first two games were better than I remembered (17/3 & 23/11). His play has been really quite.
  10. I'm not remotely convinced the fouls are a long term problem (the other stuff like rebounding seems more important). This is a sample of 5 games in a year with a record number of fouls for young players. I honestly don't know the answer to this, but can anyone name a player that was held back in the long term by fouling too much? Foul rate seem like one of the easiest skills to improve, and I expect him to make steady progress each year. Fun fact: Dillon Brooks has the same per minute foul rate as Jaren and yet I haven't seen that mentioned once.
  11. acarina

    I'm not dead.... Yet

    No doubt. I use overleaf to manage Latex, which makes it much easier...but that would require a web browser
  12. acarina

    I'm not dead.... Yet

    This should be illegal. Please tell me you are at least using something like LaTeX, not just plain ASCII to write your book.
  13. Have there been players of any significance that have been held back long term by fouling too much? If the answer is no, then it is probably too early to worry about it.
  14. This fivethirtyeight article raises another interesting point, which is that fouling is up across the league, especially for young players. This is probably combining with JJJ's already existing fouling tendencies to make things even worse. I still thinks it's too early to worry that much about it. Fouls provide pretty immediate reinforcement and so I think it is pretty easy to learn how to improve compared to other things like vision, etc.