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  1. 4 points
    Good to hear Isaac is practicing. Would love to see him this summer!
  2. 4 points
    Hard agree. In 2014-15 we had 2 real point guards on the roster. Luke Ridnour for half a season and Elfrid Payton. Jameer Nelson made 2.7 million and we gave Ben Gordon a 1 year 4.5 mil deal. That is just ridiculous. Id love Clifford to bring Jameer onto the coaching staff. I'm sure our young guys could learn a lot from Jameer.
  3. 3 points
    Just stop. People don’t believe in this conspiracy nonsense anymore. You guys fed us lies about this becoming a martial law thing and how it was fake news and bill gates made the virus and all this other crap. Our country has become a laughing stock of the Internet now. It’s crazy what’s happening here compared to what’s going on in other countries with regards to the numbers of cases. Now everyone can see not only was it very real, but the second wave that was called months ago is also very real. And you contributed to it. Kudos to you.
  4. 3 points
    You are right. I went and looked at the numbers and they aren't that great. We're 10th in DRTG which isn't really good enough for a team that is kind of built to be defensive. But with a healthy JI, another off season of improvement from Bamba and whoever we add this summer we'll probably be ok on that end compared to the offensive end where we just suck. Games will be a lot more fun if we become a more average offensive team. A team in the top 10 on defense and around about 15th on offense probably does challenge for a 5th seed. A team 10th on defense and 25th (or whatever it is I should have checked when I looked up the DRTG) on offense is only ever going to be a 7th or 8th seed.
  5. 3 points
    This triggers me. I understand that sports are a business, but LOYALTY can and should be part of it, when called for. The fact that Jameer was bouncing from team to team while we had disgusting 2nd and 3rd string Point Guards is truly shameful
  6. 2 points
    "Three days into quarantine, Fultz purchased a basketball court and hoop through Walmart’s website. He collected the purchase via curbside pickup to maximize social distancing rules, then assembled the parts himself to ensure he could shoot a basketball anytime he wanted. The unfortunate reality: not every NBA player had such a luxury. Fultz did, though. So he trained daily, sometimes up to three hours a day on his shooting, ball-handling and conditioning. He worked out in a weight room he had in his garage. He routinely checked in with teammates and coaches with Zoom calls." https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/magic/2020/06/29/orlando-magic-guard-markelle-fultz-nba-restart-the-last-dance/3280798001/ Fultz working hard. Hopefully it pays off.
  7. 1 point
    Wouldn’t surprise me. Their front office is top notch.
  8. 1 point
    Would be a sick team, though. Unfortunately
  9. 1 point
  10. 1 point
    If you're interested in what the bubble is like TRoss has a podcast now and the second episode is about Day 1 in the bubble. Pretty enlightening on what life is like in the bubble.
  11. 1 point
    I know this thread is essentially me talking to myself so sorry but here's one more thought: I wonder what would happen if we get to pick 16 or whatever we have and Aleksej Pokusevski is still on the board. 7'0, 7'3 wingspan. Shoots and moves like a forward and passes and handles like a guard with good defensive instincts. The knocks on him are he's stick thin which affects him on both ends and he plays in the Greek 2nd Division. I think he's the ultimate Boom or Bust pick. And of course John Hammond famously selected another Boom or Bust pick from the Greek 2nd Division in about the same range pick as where we'll be. I'm not comparing him to Giannis in any way other than they're both unique prospects from the same European league, and we definitely don't need another big on the roster right now. But I can see why some front offices, maybe ours, would find it difficult not to pick him.
  12. 1 point
    If you prescribe to the idea that wingspan is a major part of what we look for in a prospect, and make the presumption that we're probably looking for a guard or wing in this draft here are the prospects with (alleged or rumoured since there's been no combine) above average wingspan for their size that might come in to play when we pick in the teens: Devin Vassell - I think he'll be long gone by our pick but some mocks have him in our range. He's allegedly 6'7 with a 6'10 wingspan. Kind of like a more wing version of Isaac, long, disruptive defender, definite 3 and D potential but also showed flashes as a shot creator. Tyrese Maxey - 6'3 with a 6'6 wingspan. He's still undersized for a combo guard though so not sure how that fits with the length stuff. He looks like he's going to be a really good point of attack defender, his shooting figures are horrible but his jumper looks good so people believe he can be a positive 3 point shooter in the NBA. Isaac Okoro - like Vassell probably won't be around when we pick but he's 6'6 with a 6'9 wingspan. Super athlete, high motor, great defender, jumper is not good, free throws also terrible. Aaron Nesmith - Actually think he's probably the most likely pick right now if he's on the board when we pick. 6'6 with a 6'10 wingspan. Elite shooter, catch and shoot, DHOs, NBA level screen plays, even a little bit off the dribble. Hes not a great athlete though, and didn't look very convincing on defense despite his length. Jahmius Ramsey - He's 6'4, some disputes about his wingspan, some places allege it's 6'10, The Ringer has it a 6'6. He's got the looks of a microwave scorer, shot really well from 3 in college but took some terrible shots and finished an atrociously low amount of shots at the rim. Has defensive potential but didn't show a lot of effort. Josh Green - 6'6 with a 6'10 wingspan. Bouncy SG who's jumper looked ok at Arizona. 3 and D potential definitely. Theo Maledon - 6'4 with a 6'8 wingspan. Long point guard, not an explosive athlete but looks good in PnR and has a decent catch and shoot game. Could play on or off ball. One interesting thing to note is that in the second round we have drafted exclusively wing players with above average wingspans since WeltHam took over. Iwundu, Frazier and Jackson all fit that archetype. And even Hammond's last couple years in Milwaukee he picked Damien Inglis and Malcolm Brogdon who also fit that mould. Be interesting to see if we carry on with that.
  13. 1 point
    I think that's a little harsh personally. He's shooting over 50% on 2s this season. Hes shot 67% at the rim, he creates his own shot (only 44% of his 2 point field goals were assisted), he's a relatively low turnover player comparative to his usage. Honestly if I had a star player or two and wanted a 3rd or 4th option, or a 6th man to play starters minutes I'd be really interested in Evan Fournier. We all know you're not going to win an NBA championship with Evan Fournier as your best wing/guard scorer which is why this is a conversation. But that's not a slight on him, I personally think we should be praying he opts in so we can trade him otherwise we lose one of our best players for nothing (not even cap space). Or have to commit to this core for another 4 years (to be clear I don't think we should do this). Make no mistake though I think we'll be a worse offensive team when he's gone unless we can adequately replace his shooting, shot creation and efficiency either with one player or by committee. He's a good offensive player, he'd probably be more efficient if he didn't have to create his own shot as much, and he's not a liability defensively. I actually think he'd fit pretty well in Denver or Brooklyn.
  14. 1 point
    Hearing this is so satisfying. You just don't understand how much I want Fultz to succeed.
  15. 1 point
    NBA 2K20 is one of the "free" games next month for PlayStation Plus subscribers. https://blog.playstation.com/2020/06/29/playstation-plus-july-games-lineup-a-thank-you-for-10-years-of-supporting-ps-plus/
  16. 1 point
    Florida's testing is way up, and cases are up yet its deaths per day are not seeing an increase.
  17. 1 point
    Can this season. Start again in October. I'm from Australia and USA seems like its imploding atm. Its gonna be more trouble than its worth re-starting. Bring on the draft
  18. 1 point
    I'm super high on Tyrell Terry. He's a great shooter. He's got a really nice feel for the game. He at least tries on D (even if his size and weight hinder him there) and he's actually quite a crafty finisher as well. I think he's got a lot of upside and I think he meshes quite well with Fultz. Some mocks have him in the 20s and some even have him in the second round though so there's a chance I'm higher on him than most. Also not sure how he fits into WeltHams roster building ideals, he's not super long. I think it might ultimately depend on who's available. It's so hard to know in this draft though. Some mocks have guys top 5, others have the same guy falling to 13. Devin Vassell looks like a mid lotto pick in this draft to me but I've seen him mocked all over the place.
  19. 1 point
    If you like at Clifford's time with the Hornets it does look encouraging (this is all per Basketball Reference which appears different to NBA.com for us this year strangely): Year 1: 24th on offense, 5th defense Year 2: 28th on offense, 9th defense Year 3: 9th on offense, 8th defense Year 4: 14th on offense, 14th on defense In Orlando: Year 1: 22nd on offense, 8th on defense Year 2: 24th on offense, 9th on defense Now to be fair in year 3 in Charlotte he's starting to get nearly prime Kemba, they add Batum who's a 16/6/6 guy, Jeremy Lin has a great year off the bench and they trade for Courtney Lee at the deadline who helps them space the floor. But we should be at least hopeful that there is evidence of Coach Cliff coaching a top 10 offense. And that also does kind of demonstrate how adding roleplayers (albeit it's unlikely we'll add someone as good as Batum this summer) can help your offense. It's also interesting to note that in Cliffs first year Al Jefferson was their top scorer and by year 3 (tbf it looks like he got injured) they were much more perimeter centric. I'm not implying that'll happen with Vuc anytime soon but again there's evidence that Cliff can transition an offense from one that fed a big man in the post to one lead more by a PG. Mostly though looking at those Charlotte teams just gives me hope because they were not great teams by any stretch, but they made the playoffs, and even took the 3 seed Heat to 7 games in 2016 (admittedly they were a week 3rd seed). If Cliff ever got given a team with a couple of serious talents I think he'd be good enough as a coach to go deep in the playoffs. Whether that happens here probably depends on how our youngsters work out and what moves we make in the next year or two.
  20. 1 point
    My post was really short instead, so I'll try to explain a little more: - Isaac absence was surely a factor, and I value him a lot from a defensive point of view, but it's not like we were that great even before his injury. We were around 107 DFRT with him, and just a little worst after losing him (1+ point ). Also, record was 14-19, so we weren't all that good even with him healthy. - I agree 100% that we should concentrate on adding offensive minded players in the future (that are still quite good in defense, not one dimensional shooters who doesn't defend at all for sure) but my point was that, even if we have a roster that is more defensive oriented, the product was not that great this season. I was surely expecting a lot more, especially after the first year under Clifford, and having mantained the same roster and the same def- schemes. If you're a top defensive team, you're almost automatically in the Top5 in the East, that should have been our target, but we weren't even close. - I don't know what was the problem. Sometimes that team just look disinderested. I cannot say if it was a scheme problem, the lack of a leader, lack of grit, the presence of a richer Vuch in the middle :P, or something else, but I was definitely expecting something more after the previous season + the addition of Fultz, especially considering that the roster is totally defensive oriented right now. (Top 10 is not enough for me with that kind of philosophy/roster/coach) Don't want to be negative, but at the same time I want to be realistic. After the break we all desire to watch basket again, and maybe we tend to forget how painful to watch that team was that season. We had a lot of problems, offense is surely one of the most glaring, but it's not like we were elite in defense, and I don't want to fool myself. If we can get back, Isaac is fit, and we're elite, then we have a chance to be competitive in such a strange end of season. Would be a great experience, but it's not that probable if we're the same of the October/March season.
  21. 1 point
    I'm super excited about this draft for us (key is for us, if we had a high lotto pick I would not be excited at all). I think it's a real test of player evaluation. This is the type of draft where the 28th pick could end up being the best player from it but where I wouldn't be surprised if like 25+ guys had real long NBA careers as roleplayers. There are players who some people are mocking late lotto that others have as second rounders. There are probably like 75-80 guys worth being selected (pending who goes back to school). I think there's a higher chance than usual that you can get a capable player in the second round because I think it's possible you pick a guy at 45 that you had in your top 30. Also the advantage of picking at 15ish could be that we can take a gamble on a guy that late lottery teams weren't willing to risk. There's a chance I may have just spent too much time looking at prospects because I'm bored in lockdown...
  22. 1 point
    Well said! We had plenty of opportunities to bring him back, but we chased fools gold following Hennie!
  23. -1 points
    “Misreporting” no way our msm and controllers would never lie or “misrepresent”
  24. -1 points
    Sit him down? Your kidding. Make no mistake this organisation are taking us all as fools. He was meant to be back to full health early June at latest! This was not a knee sprain. It had all the making of a torn ACL, they are not being honest with us. What do they take us for? Seriously.
  25. -4 points
    You believe what you want. Regardless of facts. Test more and surprise more cases. Death rate has fallen off a cliff btw. 80% asymptomatic forever. What does that tell you? Oh nevermind. Go Magic!!!