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Best part of the Orlando game was listening to Greg and George talk with astonishment about how the Magic look for a mismatch on offense and go right to it. I guess watching the Pistons all season will put you in awe of basic basketball.

2 games ago the reporters asked Monty about staggering Cade and Ivey, to which he responded that it's hard because then you have "2 small guards on the bench unit" (he forgot about Grimes, I guess) and that maybe he could do it with Stew instead. The very next game, he actually tried it in the first half and staggered both Ivey and Stew!

Let's see if he tries it again. It would be amazing if all we actually needed was someone to ask the question directly so Monty could go to YouTube and learn how NBA teams stagger lineups and then give it a try. At this point I wouldn't put anything past the guy who started Killian for half the season.

By the way, our bench is 30th in net rating and is played 10th most in the NBA. Just another one from the category of, "Duh", to add to Monty's phenomenal resume.

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31 minutes ago, Betrayer said:

It would be amazing if all we actually needed was someone to ask the question directly so Monty could go to YouTube and learn how NBA teams stagger lineups and then give it a try.

People's motivations are always more complex than simple explanations, but you really can't help thinking that at least in part, Monte took this gig looking for the payday and figuring it was a bad team and poor management and he didn't have the support of the GM so he was bound to get fired pretty quick without having to put in too much effort. And while all the first part of that is speculation, the last part doesn't appear to be!

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6 minutes ago, 1984Echoes said:

If we end up with a top 3 pick after the lottery I see two stretch-4's...

(I would really love to add a stretch-4 to this team...)

Sarr and Risacher...

Does anyone like them?

Oh, mais oui, tres bien!

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3 minutes ago, Shinzaki said:

Cade and Simone were a combined 9/20 on threes last night...the rest of the team was something like 2/22.

Cunningham has stepped up his 3FG% this season.

I am tired of seeing Stewart launching 3s.

 

 

 

 

 

Looks at stats for both.  Decides this is the end of this post.

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1 hour ago, 1984Echoes said:

If we end up with a top 3 pick after the lottery I see two stretch-4's...

(I would really love to add a stretch-4 to this team...)

Sarr and Risacher...

Does anyone like them?

Sarr is not a stretch 4.  He shot 20% from three in OTE last year and 29% in Australia this year.  

Risacher is OK but he doesn't sniff the top 5 in most normal drafts.  I worry he has a small frame and wont be able to add muscle to play PF.  Right now I would say he is more of a wing.

Sam Vecenie has Risacher #1.  But he says he doesn't have a good first step and can't create his own shot.  It seems odd taking a catch and shoot specialist as #1.

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4 minutes ago, Deleterious said:

Sarr is not a stretch 4.  He shot 20% from three in OTE last year and 29% in Australia this year.  

Risacher is OK but he doesn't sniff the top 5 in most normal drafts.  I worry he has a small frame and wont be able to add muscle to play PF.  Right now I would say he is more of a wing.

Sam Vecenie has Risacher #1.  But he says he doesn't have a good first step and can't create his own shot.  It seems odd taking a catch and shoot specialist as #1.

I liked the idea of Risacher at first...but the more i read about him he sounds like he could be the French Emoni Bates

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1 hour ago, Deleterious said:

Trying not to get too excited because the sample size is incredibly small.  I would guess Fontecchio ends up being the start PF next season.

Let's wait and see how Gibson folds into the rotation.

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2 hours ago, Deleterious said:

Sarr is not a stretch 4.  He shot 20% from three in OTE last year and 29% in Australia this year.  

Risacher is OK but he doesn't sniff the top 5 in most normal drafts.  I worry he has a small frame and wont be able to add muscle to play PF.  Right now I would say he is more of a wing.

Sam Vecenie has Risacher #1.  But he says he doesn't have a good first step and can't create his own shot.  It seems odd taking a catch and shoot specialist as #1.

if weaver is making the pick its going to be sarr.  he's tall amd reasonably athletic.  that's his qualification and is probably enough to satiate weaver's big man fetish.

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I've heard some people saying they'd take Sarr and then try to move Duren since Duren is not a great defender for a guy who plays a fairly traditional center role (not a stretch big). I don't know enough about Sarr to comment on that idea either way.

My guess is Weaver would draft Sarr and try to play them together like the Cavs do with Mobley and Allen. They clearly don't care about spacing for Cade and Ivey at all since they're starting a Thompson/Stew/Duren lineup anyway when everyone knows Fontecchio should be in there.

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4 hours ago, Betrayer said:

.... They clearly don't care about spacing for Cade and Ivey at all since they're starting a Thompson/Stew/Duren lineup anyway when everyone knows Fontecchio should be in there.

This obviously is a problem.

 

4 hours ago, Betrayer said:

I've heard some people saying they'd take Sarr and then try to move Duren since Duren is not a great defender for a guy who plays a fairly traditional center role ...

 

But I just wanted to ask:

Would Duren play better at PF, instead of C? I mean, aside from his still lack of range. If We added a stretch-5 just for example... Could Duren work as a PF next to a stretch 5?

Just asking for thoughts....

Somehow I see Duren as a Karl Malone in the making...

Even if Malone is also out of style in the modern game...

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11 hours ago, gehringer_2 said:

'lack of' is putting it mildly. In 113 professional games Duran has not made a basket >16ft.

 

Not that a 16 footer is equivalent to a free throw, but he's got the chops from the line.

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Those 3Ps are probably end of clock heaves.  So essentially all but 5% of his FG attempts are 10 feet and in.

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