Kanter hit outside jumpers, Evans hit outside jumpers, and there were a few
other pleasant results as well namely the rebounding. Evans and Favors combine
for 27 rebounds?Defense at the rim? Unheard of with last years
crew.We are going to need some outside shooting too because Favors
still does not have a dominant inside offensive game. All of our bigs can fly
up and down the floor though and that is where they should be getting their
baskets because they are mobile enough and that is alot easier than grinding it
out in the post where their moves are still limited. Get out in transition
because you are more likely to get a foul call that way as well vs letting some
big veteran guard you in the post.Burkes gave big production in
limited minutes as well. His ability to draw fouls and get to the line is
already above league average with limited experience. As he matures he could
make his career at the line. Elite players draw fouls alot.There
will be lots of ups and downs but it appears these young guys have made some
progress and will likely continue.
Don't like the idea of Hayward and Burks both playing the 2 and splitting
the minutes there. Both should be starting and on the floor together for 30
minutes or more.....The bench unit with Lucas, McGuire, Jefferson, Biedres, and
Evans is a solid enough unit.....Maybe when Rush comes back, if he's
anywhere near what he was, he can take over the 2 on the bench
unit....That's all conjecture, but the core 5 need to play together as much
as possible. That's what this "growing a team" is all about.
gehelmke: I don't think you understand the game very well. In order to play
good zone defense, you must learn to play good man-to-man defense. The skill set
will then transfer into a team oriented setting. Likewise, growing a team is all
about putting players where they can deliver individual skills and have the best
chance for success. Then, after they have mastered individual skills, you can
put them together in a team setting.Imagine Burks in the starting
line-up. With Burke and Hayward handling the ball most of the time, when will
Burks be able to develop those skills? With Favors, Kanter, Hayward, and Burke
looking for their opportunities to score, when will Burks get his chance to
develop his skills?I'm not talking about his starting ability.
I think Burks would survive just fine in the starting lineup. But you were
talking about growing a team which starts with growing individual players. Burks
has much more opportunity to grow by leading the second unit (just as Hayward
did) than by being fifth option among the starters. He'll start but
let's give him some opportunity to continue his development first.
Who will shoot the 3 with Foye gone? Let's get Jimmer for instant offense.
His defensive skills are underrated because he doesn't get enough time on
the court to hone his focus there.
@DRayto answer your question....its going to be Ian Clark....Hayward
would hit some as well....but i think Jimmer needs to get a shot at
it....but....we are stacked on the PG position....we still have Raul Neto....