I like the name of the "foundation five". Letting them gel together is
what is important. Would agree with Terry using Evans as the sixth man. I would
use him in both the 4 and 3 spots. Gobert with the older vets and Evans would be
a pretty good bench. A little over three weeks for the trade deadline. I would
hope the Jazz could pick up some good pieces. RJ and Marvin would help a vet
team in the thick of the playoffs. Take a player they don't use and a pick
and there you have it. Beans and Rush could also be used for some pieces. Marvin
has made his money so he could be resigned for a much lower contract.
Obviously, this has been a frustrating year not only for the players but the
fans as well. The idea is to develop players but not to win. They want a chance
at a big draft choice. The Kings come to town tonight. They have not been
playing Cousins or Gay, their two best players. The winner of the game moves out
of last place in the West with a fading chance of a high draft choice. David
Stern is retiring. A new commissioner will have to make some big decisions to
keep the NBA from just being a playoff organization. I have already read
allusions to the Miami Heat being so good that they don't even care about
the regular season. The idea is to make it tougher to get into the playoffs.
Sure, it is all about money. The East may have three teams with losing records
in the playoffs. Good teams in the West will chew each other up including
Golden State who are coming to town on Friday in an effort to earn the right to
play the Heat in the Final.
I think it is about time to stop referring to what Burkes does off the bench a
"spark". He averaged better stats and shooting %'s than Hayward
has as a starter!Thankfully Hayward has started shooting better
%'s of late but this is a career trend of his. He starts poorly and gets
better as the season progresses.Reality says starting all these guys
will likely cause issues. Alec Burkes needs the ball alot to do what he does.
There are only so many possessions to be had. Kanter demands the ball in the
post (and he is like his mentor...a black hole) he rarely passes out of the
post. Trey Burke shoots a bit more than I care for.There probably
is not enough ball to go around to let them all do their thing. Some of them
will inevitably not be utilized in relation to their skillset.Playing Favors and Kanter together? Neither one of them can guard a stretch 4
who shoots outside. Kanters defense, especially pick and roll, is like Al
Jefferson. Absolutely awful. Conversely his footwork is off the chart amazing
for a player his age/experience.I say trade Kanter for value.
Interesting that the core group has only been on the court as a unit for 31
minutes the entire season...Give or take a minute or two, that's 1.5% of
the time. And more than that, it's indicative of the fact that Ty Corbin
has ignored the program Dennis Lindsey set in motion when he didn't re-sign
any of the vets from last year's team....This year was supposed to be a
year when the core group spent a lot of time on the court together, both to get
game experience, and to get to know each other's habits, likes, etc. I
remember comparisons to the way Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Timmy Duncan
know each other.It hasn't happened. Instead, Corbin has had two
vets who will be gone next year out on the floor for a total of some 2,274
minutes...in an effort to satisfy his own agenda.
People underestimate RJ's leadership value as well as Marvin. I want the
young to play a lot but the reality is they are still learning.. RJ has been
there and done that before in most situations. Good vets are still needed. Show
me a championship ring made up of 5 men 22-24 yearsold. There isn't because
of inexperience. Very seldom do you see a rookie lead team to victory. Those
that have are all in Hal of Fame. Magic and bird are the only one in recent
years. It even took Jordan 4-5 years before he could win championships because
they had to get the right coach and players and then build chemistry..
Well Well, Jody has decided to put on, "a little gentle pressure". I
like it. As for Corbin's plea about the bench points. A second team of the
veterans on this squad would probably play well together besides they don't
need to play much about four minutes at the end and beginning of the first and
second quarter and the third and fourth quarter. Use Evans as a sixth man with
the starting five shifting around depending on who is coming out.