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  1. Dropped his a**. I was optimistic about his outlook, but he needs more time to develop.
  2. AG arriving sent Millsap to the bench and allows Porter to play his natural position at the 4. Not only does Porter look great, but the whole team just plays in a much better flow. It's like AG put the whole team in their correct roles.
  3. So basically you're describing his career in Washington where he played behind Wall and Beal, but still put up 2nd-3rd round value 😉 Kidding. Let's see what Clifford does after a couple practices. He probably wants to incorporate team ball and instill an NBA offense that scores higher than 80ish points. Very promising that for this first game the coach trusted him to take the final shot.
  4. It was also a very encouraging sign that not only did Otto close the game, but coming out of the timeout Clifford drew up the last shot for him. Shows that he has confidence and trust in him, even with Dwayne Pancetta chucking all the shots the entire game.
  5. He came off the bench and had no time to practice or gel. The team is searching for an identity and their lineups are changing rapidly by the game -- now MCW might be out. Giving it another game or so.
  6. Maybe, just MAYBE, this quote is poorly worded JJJ is on track to return by the end of March, thus returning in April. Maybe? ..............maybe..................?
  7. This. All the reason why I think he'll be the most serviceable Magic player outside of Ross. If he wanted to compete for a chip or play for a decent team, he could. But seeing as how he's going to have all the opportunity in the world by staying in Orlando, he's gonna try to show out to get one last big payday. We've seen Wendell with minutes in Chicago and it wasn't noteworthy. MCW is trash. And Okeke will have minutes, but he hasn't looked great so far and I'm not convinced he has a fantasy-friendly game -- the boost in usage will help him, but enough to outperform Otto? Idk about that.
  8. Seriously. Does this team reach 80 points a game in 2021? But outside of 1st option Ross, I don't know if any them are rosterable. I'm taking a flier on OPJ, and MCW might get you counting stats while destroying your FG%, FT%, and TOs -- but it's probably best to give it a couple games to see who rises from this trash heap.
  9. That's my thinking. Currently their roster looks like PG : MCW SG : Ross/Hampton/Harris SF : OPJ/ Bacon PF : Chuma/ OPJ/Ennis C : Wendell Carter/Khem Birch Outside of Ross, OPJ is the one I see getting the usage.
  10. If he starts, I'm picking him up. A healthy Porter in a role with minutes and touches was the dream ever since his Washington days. It sadly took 7 years to achieve it, but better late than never.
  11. Hayes is coming off an 8 week injury and it sounds like they're not in any rush to give him a big load. Dennis Smith Jr. seems only good if he can get large minutes, and Saban lee will probably be getting some spot minutes. Idk. Doesn't seem like there's any clear winner. I'd personally go Dennis since Hayes didn't even look great when he was healthy.
  12. Double double after the first half coming off the bench. Dude is making the loss of SGA sting slightly less.
  13. I'm not gonna disagree with you that when it came to physicality; in the older days you could get away with much more like when it came to driving into the paint. But "throwing up threes and freethrows" is kinda missing what's happening in the modern game and my point. If you watch a 80s, 90s, or even 00s game, you'll probably notice how much stilted offensive or defensive schemes were -- how only the guards really played on the perimeter, forwards would play inside the three point line, and centers would just be going from block to block on offense and defense. The game was heavily reliant on iso-offenses and slow-paced half court setups (the NBA was at its slowest pace in the 90s), but after they removed illegal defense and analytics realized the effectiveness of the 3 pointer (more specifically the corner 3), it created a ripple effect that requires players to be much more dynamic. Now, almost everyone plays on the perimeter to some extent, and the best guards (and forwards and even some centers) need to be covered 30 feet from the basket. This spreads the floor out, and makes players have to cover more square footage of the court, all while navigating screens and whatever hijinx removing illegal defense opened up. Couple this with how it seems the pace of the game goes up every year which means players are running and jumping more, this creates a lot more exertion/force/torque/stress on a players ligaments -- specifically their lower extremities. So yeah, you're less likely to get a fist to the face in the modern game, but the way the game is currently being played it is much worse for the players' body which means more wear and tear and more injuries. Also this.
  14. Not to derail the thread, but the game is much different now than it was back then, and arguably takes more of a toll on the players now due to how fast paced and dynamic the game has become. It makes sense that the Thunder would want to tank since their best bet out of mediocrity is drafting or overpaying (like they did with Al Horford), but man is it incredibly frustrating owning this dude. Wish I sold high earlier. Well..... crap. Lol is Maledon the pickup?
  15. I was thinking that too. But the Grizz have said that they only want him back when he's 100% and can handle decent minutes without potential for re-injury. For a similar comparison, they took their time with WInslow and he's played basically every game with sizeable minutes since he came back. Of course, JJJ and Winslow had different injuries, and JJJ is one of the franchise cornerstones. But still, something to think about.
  16. His suitors wanna make sure he's still alive before they pony up picks for him.
  17. Probably. Do I know who they are? Nope.
  18. His numbers have looked really unimpressive when given minutes. If ORL cleans house and don't get anyone back, I'd give it a game to see who stands out.
  19. Watching the game now, and the dude would have double digit points if they had capable passers or were looking for him. Multiple times he was wide open under the basket but instead hesitated and jacked it up instead. He also had a clean strip but they awarded it to Ty Jerome
  20. Dude is parting Oklahoma City's Cs before our very eyes.
  21. Coby had the most ideal situation in Chicago being the starting PG on a young team that needed offensive firepower (and ball distribution) to accompany Lavine and... he couldn't do that. The dude just doesn't seem to contribute to winning basketball currently, so unless there's some major shakeups at the trade deadline I don't see his situation getting better. If you're in a 14+ team league, then I guess hold him, but anything less I feel like you're better off using that spot to stream.
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