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  1. jmmagicfan

    2020 Official Off-Season Thread

    I liked DiVincenzo when he came into the NBA, and I still do. I'm just not sure that he is worth Birch AND moving back nine spots in the draft. I'm also not convinced that Bamba is ready to be the full-time backup at the center, so this would mean either picking up another free-agent center, or using the #24 pick for another big. I also think that means moving down another "tier" in the draft. There are arguably a group of 9-10 guys that could be picked anywhere between pick #13 and pick #20, and yes, you might get lucky and pick up the guy you like at #24, but you are much more likely to get him at #15. This move really only makes sense to me if there is someone you like that is already projected as a late first/early second round guy that you are sure will be there at #24 - or if there isn't anyone you really like that is likely to be available outside the top 10.
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    2020 Official Off-Season Thread

    https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/29984989/minnesota-timberwolves-guard-malik-beasley-facing-felony-weapons-drug-charges Charged is not guilty, but does raise concerns about his future. I like his game and was disappointed when he was traded to the TWolves. Many, myself included, had hoped to bring him here via trade. Less so now if this is true.
  3. jmmagicfan

    Playoff predictions

    Lakers 4-3
  4. jmmagicfan

    2020 Official Off-Season Thread

    We would have to pick up a veteran minimum third center
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    2020 Official Off-Season Thread

    I like DiVincenzo, I think he plays pretty tough, and is a constant movement kind of guy; but I don't like him well enough to give up our best screener and move down 9 spaces in a mediocre draft. Will there be a decent guy left at 24? Maybe. But even if he is in the same "tier" of talent as the guy you get at 15, the choices and "fit" won't be the same. If you like a guy (or two) in that tier, you are better off at 15, where you are more likely to get him.
  6. jmmagicfan

    2020 Official Draft Thread

    I’m not sure why the Magic do this move? It’s kind of a sideways move to me, and you drop 9 picks.
  7. jmmagicfan

    Playoff predictions

    I hate having to pick this way, but I have to go Lakers 4-2
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    Playoff predictions

    Much as I hate to say it: heat 4-3
  9. jmmagicfan

    2020 Official Off-Season Thread

    Length of time with the organization suggests they have received increases over time and that it may be cheaper to bring newer people in.
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    2020 Official Off-Season Thread

    This does make me a bit sad, especially Dennis. I think he is always well prepared and very articulate. Honestly, Ritchie isn’t my favorite, and I don’t have an opinion on Joey, as I don’t have enough Spanish to listen to him. But it does seem like a cost-cutting move.
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    2020 Official Off-Season Thread

    A lot of players who played with and against Steve Nash always said it was like playing with/against a coach right on the floor, and said he always knew not just who was where, but who was supposed to be where for both teams. Part of what made him great was being able to see the holes and gaps created by guys being out of position. Not sure if that is something you can teach, but it should be an interesting thing to see him try.
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    Playoff predictions

    Clippers over Nuggets 4-2 Lakers over Rockets 4-2
  13. jmmagicfan

    Playoff predictions

    I think Milwaukee over Miami in seven. Boston over Toronto in seven.
  14. This might very well be the end of the season. How that impacts whether they get paid or not, and what happens with the CBA, the salary cap, and how the owners react going forward is going to be very interesting.
  15. I get why they might not, to show solidarity. On the other hand, the Bucks obviously didn't say anything to the Magic players ahead of time, or they wouldn't have been on the floor warming up for the game. I can't criticize the decision to not accept the forfeit; but I do think it was a little disrespectful of the Bucks not to let the Magic know ahead of time.
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    2020 Official Off-Season Thread

    I think the buy low, or someone coming off their rookie deal as a role-player is the way to go. I think we did well with our pick-ups of James Ennis III and Gary Clark, so maybe this is the path to take, especially with the salary-cap restraints that will be caused by the coronavirus restraints on this season (and next?). I expect that both Fournier and Ennis will opt in, for that very reason. There just isn't going to be much money out there this off-season. I just don't see us being a big spender this summer, I doubt we will even use the full, mid-level exception.
  17. jmmagicfan

    2020 Official Draft Thread

    Tankathon has us taking RJ Hampton at #15 and Grant Riller at #45. I'm not crazy about Hampton - another guard who can't shoot; but Riller at #45 would be a steal.
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    2020 Official Draft Thread

    Just because it comes up high on Google, doesn't mean it's a respected source - just remember that Nbadraft.net is usually on the first page of Mock Drafts and Wikipedia is usually on the first page on a lot of others. Also, I've never seen a Mock from any normal source with Achiuwa outside the first round.
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    2020 Official Draft Thread

    18.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4.0 apg FG% 38.0, FG3% 34.8, FT% 75.0, eFG% 45.1, PER 17.5 On arguably one of the poorest UNC teams in a long time. There isn't another UNC player coming out in the draft this year who is ranked in the top 100 by ESPN. Was he great? Not really. Did he carry that team on his shoulders? Frequently.
  20. jmmagicfan

    2020 Official Draft Thread

    Given that we have had some injury issues with our picks (Isaac, Bamba, Okeke), I can understand some trepidation with picking Nesmith if he is available. I would personally be happy with Cole Anthony, Theo Maledin, Devin Vassell, Aaron Nesmith, or Saddiq Bey (not in preference order, still working on that). I think that at least one of them will be available at #15. I'm just not sure exactly what order to put them in if multiple are available. I think you have to go BPA first, fit second, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of consensus once you get past the first tier or two. And somebody from the "third or fourth" tier always seems to shine brighter than expected once the games start for real.
  21. jmmagicfan

    2020 Official Draft Thread

    But, we don't know what we have with Okeke, if either/both can play backup PF, it might help us trade Aminu. Also, either of them might be able to play some SG. If Bey or Okeke can play the backup SG spot, we can trade Fournier, and move TRoss to the starting line-up. I think either is probably as good or better on D than Fournier.
  22. jmmagicfan

    2020 Official Off-Season Thread

    Kudos to the Magic for today's win over the Bucks. Based on today's game, many people seem to now be on board for keeping Clark and Ennis. So here is the question - who do we move on from. The following are under contract, or have player options. 1) Fultz 2) Fournier (PO), Ross 3) Isaac, Ennis (PO) 4) Gordon, Aminu 5) Vucevic, Bamba, Birch With the CAP likely dropping due to the effects of Corona Virus limitations, I think it unlikely that either Fournier or Ennis will opt out. That means we have 10 players on the roster, and room for five more on the main roster. We will most likely have Okeke signed, and unless we trade or draft a player to stash overseas, that is two more spaces taken. That leaves three roster spots (plus two 2-Way slots) and the following players as either Free Agents or Restricted Free Agents: Carter-Williams (FA), Augustin (FA), Iwundu (FA), Clark (RFA), Frazier, Jr. (Team Option), Law (RFA), and BJ Johnson (RFA) Slotting Okeke in as a 3/4 means your obvious holes for the draft and/or free agent signings are in your backcourt; backup PG and/or a combo guard. Possibly another SG/SF wing player. If you pick is the Best Player Available (most star potential?!), that may not be a fit, so I see a busy offseason ahead for the front office. I like the heart/hustle of MCW, I respect the heads-up play Augustin usually displays, I think Iwundu has shown a lot of drive/promise in improving his game, and I think Clark was/is a great pickup. I'm not overly impressed with Frazier, Jr. and haven't seen enough of Law and Johnson to evaluate them. The fact that they can't get into the game in meaningful minutes means I am discounting them for anything but the 2-Way slots. So, who do you re-sign, and/or who do you trade?
  23. Vuc has always had the talent, it's just as the years have gone on he has really started to expend effort on the offensive end only, and not exerted energy on the defense. I would be a huge fan of Vuc if he always played with this kind of effort on both ends; unfortunately, he usually doesn't.
  24. The most heart and hustle we've seen out of Vuc all year. Markelle is playing well, and Clark/Ennis/Iwundu are doing their jobs. Augustin is handling the ball and running the team fairly well when he is in, and Ross is playing with effort - they both just need to get their offense going. Fournier just seems like he is playing slow on both ends.
  25. I think the Bucks were playing with disrespect the first quarter and half of the second. Looks like they got the message. Put your seatbelts on for the 3rd.
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