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    2020 NBA Draft Draft Date Locked in

    I've been saying March for quite a while, and would be surprised if COVID and labor issues get resolved satisfactorily enough to start. The CBA needs to be revised based on a significant decrease in basketball related income going down, plus the fact that they will want to address some player issues.
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    Did We Make the Right Move?

    I believe Mike Conley is the correct answer until about 2017 or so. In 2012, Lowry was traded for a 1st round pick and Gary Forbes. At that time, I believe there would have been much greater interest in Conley, had he been on the block. With age, I think the pendulum swings to Kyle... As far as a career goes, I think Mike is happy with his, but he probably wishes he had Kyle's fortunes. As far as all star games goes, Kyle would have also had 0 if he were in West. From just 2014 on (when Lowry got his first appearance) the West has had the following backcourt players: Kobe Bryant Chris Paul Steph Curry James Harden Russell Westbrook Damian Lillard Tony Parker Klay Thompson Manu Ginobili Donovan Mitchell & Luka Lowry, like Conley, never would have cracked top 6 in that group. And the same goes for Trae Young, Kemba Walker, or the broken down version of Derrick Rose, all of which were in top 5 at one point in EC voting. Just like DeRozan hasn't sniffed ASG since going to West
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    Brandon Clarke - Mr. Efficient

    Yes. Until he is paid a larger salary than some believe he is worth. At that point, we will question is heart and effort, and ask that he is traded for a mid first round pick wondering why he hasn't improved on his NBA record shooting efficiency.
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    Grizz Hire 2 New Assistant Coaches

    It has to be the analytics and ability to translate it to those on the court. As far as the basketball coaching goes, she led a D3 school for 12 years and no top 25 finishes. There is literally no other coach in the league, probably in last 40 years that has gone from D3 coach to assistant NBA coach, and if they did, they probably nabbed at least one top 20 finish in their coaching years. It's OK to question the hire, just like it was OK to question the hiring of Kliff Kingsbury by the Arizona Cardinals after he was mediocre at Texas Tech. Honestly, if someone hired Chris Wallace for their front office, or even Melissa McFerren (UM Tigers coach) for a P5 or WNBA, I'd be questioning their sanity.
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    Grizz Hire 2 New Assistant Coaches

    I don't care what anybody else things, this is probably going to be your best post of the off-season. You can't top it.
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    Crowder had 16 & 6 in the Miami upset win?

    It's easier for him to score in Miami because not only is he a not top 3 option, but more importantly, his top 3 options are better. His role is to sit at the 3 point line on offense and shoot when open in Miami. That's his primary offensive role. Thus, his 3 point shot numbers have gone way up, but everything else has gone way down. He played more minutes, and had more assists, turnovers, and a higher usage rate here. His playoff stats this year are pretty indicative of this: As of today, he taken 83 shots in the playoffs, with 75 of them 3 pointers. He has a clearly defined role, and that is fine. My original point is that we need to be careful to not bring in players who do their clearly defined role well in another organization and believe that will spill over to them doing the same in a greater role (it may, but for someone Crowder's age, that's unlikely).
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    Crowder had 16 & 6 in the Miami upset win?

    Jae Crowder is similar to Jeff Green and a word of caution with free agency. I guy like Jeff Green is OK in a 4th or 5th option or bench contributor, not a major role like the Grizzlies asked for him. Ditto for Jae Crowder. His role is smaller in Miami than what was asked from him in Memphis, and he does better. Dillon is a solid player. He should not be top 2 in FGA for any good playoff team, probably not top 3 or 4. So don't pick a free agent that is solid role player and expect them to be a top 3 guy. If Justise is solid in his role, that will be fine, but if expectations are that he will be a top 3 player, it will be disappointment.
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    Other bubble games discussion

    Rockets v Lakers have quite a few Memphis connections: Rockets (team disappointment): McLemore, Jeff Green, DeMarre Carroll, Bruno Caboclo Lakers (team didn't join): Dwight Howard and Dion Waiters; Avery Bradley (Didn't join Grizzlies, and Bradley didn't join Lakers in Orlando) Clippers v Nuggets Clippers: JaM Green and Joakim Noah Nuggets: Troy Daniels (Will Barton) EAST Raptors v Celtics Raptors: Marc Gasol & Kyle Lowry Celtics: Grizzlies 14th pick never used to get a better player Buck v Heat Bucks: Kyle Korver Heat: Jae Crowder, Solo Hill, AI,
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    Crowder had 16 & 6 in the Miami upset win?

    The toughness is the added importance. When Zach and Tony were dumped, and the team was still hoping for playoff success, it lacked toughness. JaM and Gasol were fine "tough enough" guys when they had Zach and Tony to go with them, but when they were your first line of toughness, that was a problem. It doesn't have to even be someone who is like the Morris twins that is willing to get dirty, but will stop up when Ja gets a dirty foul. Someone that will be there by JV if thing go down. Miami has about 5 of those guys now and I'm not sure Milwaukee has any. I'd be fine if the team picked up a vet FA this offseason that contributed in this area and not some Chandler Parsons/Ed Davis/Austin Daye type
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    Other bubble games discussion

    Billy Donovan needs to go to the Dave Joerger school of drawing up plays because they were so weak at the end of game 7. It looked like he took a play from the JB Bickerstaff school of inbounds plays.
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    Interesting Topic about JJJ

    I'm sure the day games hurt, as does pulling a strike in middle of the playoffs. None of those help. There is also a seasonality issue here that it is August, and people aren't used to watching NBA basketball. It will be real interesting to see what happens to the salary cap and potential new CBA negotiations. There is a scenario that they don't start a season again until next October. Not only because of potential lockout, but also a delay in getting fans in the building. This 2020 draft really could be a double draft.
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    NBA Players yesterday
  13. This offseason might get real interesting now if the players don't play in Orlando. Regarding this thread, the salary cap was already going to take a hit. Plus teams were already not wanting to start without fans in the stands. The league was already considering a new CBA after the Coronavirus pandemic. If they get $0 dollars and players end season, this could really push the CBA, draft, free agency, start of the season back to much, much later. I think that it is possible there is no 2020-21 season.
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    Players gotta do what they gotta do, but man would I be going crazy if the Grizzlies were about to put a team away 3-1, knowing there is nothing that I can do, nor the majority of Americans. It is my opinion that they are doing exactly what the most racist people and White Nationalist groups would probably want them to do. It's a crazy noisy media world right now, but when they play, they have people's attention. (But if they truly believe it is the right thing to do, you have to do what is right), I just don't think it is hurting anybody but their own fans, their franchises, and their own players. Tommie Smith and John Carlos made a memorable protest on the victory stand, not before the semifinals.
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    Luka Doncic is the Best Player in the NBA...Period

    Even the people who agree with you are wrong? How does that even work? Giannis is the best in the world, and those claiming he needs a championship is the type of mentality that leads to players building super teams. None of the players he plays with could sniff an ASG in the West. Is he better if he joins up with the Clippers and he, Kawhi, and Paul George win a championship together? If he disappears in the playoffs like Harden has done in the past, that is a different story.