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  1. Justin Jaudon

    2018 Official Offseason Thread

    I tried this weeks ago with TMF. It's not going to work. Sees every bit of constructive criticism as a personal attack. Massive persecution complex.
  2. Justin Jaudon

    2018 Official Offseason Thread

    Just to bring it up, is Kevin Durant the least likeable player in the league? At this point, I'm voting yes. Dude has the grace and self-awareness of a retarded peacock.
  3. Justin Jaudon

    2018 Official Offseason Thread

    He'll have competition from the Chinese league legend Jimmer Freddett
  4. Justin Jaudon

    2018 Official Offseason Thread

    That's just... I mean... I didn't think I'd ever hear an NBA player sound quite that stupid about basketball. They don't pay people to play defense? Somebody should tell that to Dwight Howard, Hassan Whiteside, Otto Porter Jr., Al Horford, Mike Conley, and Paul Millsap; they don't get paid top 25 money because of their stellar offense. They get paid either because they are elite defensive players with passable offense, or they're very good at both ends of the floor, but not quite good enough on one end to warrant such high pay. Even among the younger guys in his own rookie class, does he think Gordon makes 20 per year for his 17 points per game alone, or that Marcus Smart gets reportedly more than $10 million per despite being one of the worst shooters for his really good offensive screens?
  5. Justin Jaudon

    2018 Official Offseason Thread

    I agree. But I think he has a solid chance to be starting caliber better Mack.
  6. Justin Jaudon

    2018 Official Offseason Thread

    Because they have a younger version of him in Dunn. They're basically the same player, just Dunn is a year younger. Grant was redundant talent for them.
  7. Justin Jaudon

    2018 Official Offseason Thread

    I don't have a problem with?4thewin's comments. He's not getting excited over a guy who has yet to win a starting job in the NBA. I get it. I'm just saying I think it might be Jerian4thewin by the end of the season. He's not going to be an All-Star, but I think he can be a PG version of his uncle Horace: a does all the little things that help you win guy who fans love.
  8. Justin Jaudon

    2018 Official Offseason Thread

    Grant is absolutely elite at defending the PnR, which is the most important thing for a PG these days, defensively; and he's strong enough on the switch not to get blown up by bigger guys. He is elite at a lot of the small things that don't show up on the stat sheets. He's an average rebounder, only slightly above average with steals, so metrics don't like him as much. But as an on-ball defender, something metrics have a hard time showing, yes, he is elite.
  9. Justin Jaudon

    2018 Official Offseason Thread

    But he's much, much more physically gifted than Mack. Dude is super-athletic. And last year he showed tremendous strides as a passer. Offensively, Grant, if he doesn't take another step forward, if a better Mack. But he's a very gifted athlete who is already one of the best on-ball defenders in the league at the guard spot. Mack topped out as a good backup because he didn't have the size, quickness, speed, and athleticism to overcome his shortcomings as a shooter on offense, and defensively he's only just above average with lateral movement. Grant has those things at elite levels. He's basically an elite athlete guard who lacks the skills to be elite offensively. It's why he's so intriguing to me. Skills can be learned, acquired, built up. I think he has the mentality to make a jump, if anyone does. He really could surprise people.
  10. Justin Jaudon

    2018 Official Offseason Thread

    I think we may be misunderstanding each other. I'm excited about Orlando's future. I just don't think we'll be spending a bunch of money next off-season, even if we have it. I'm expecting patience, and that's okay with me.
  11. Justin Jaudon

    Who’s our point guard of the future?

    Hats off to you, sir.
  12. Justin Jaudon

    2018 Official Offseason Thread

    I wouldn't get too excited. The reason this FO is so much better than the last is that they don't seem the type to spend money just to spend it. We'll more likely keep our options open and build through smart contracts and good moves... hopefully... unless something major falls to us. I could see us trying to make noise in 2020 or 2021 FA. Not so much next year.
  13. Justin Jaudon

    Summer League Thread

    To be fair (from someone who didn't really want Trae either), this is pretty much exactly what I remember many people say about Kemba. Like, almost word for word.
  14. Justin Jaudon

    2018 Official Offseason Thread

    To keep the baseball terminology, I don't think this FO is planning to swing for the fences unless someone puts an easy one over the plate. Unless some big name falls in our laps for some weird reason, I doubt we're setting up for a big spending spree. Why? Because Victor Oladipo, that's why. We traded Dipo because we didn't want to pay him. We had the cap space, but Hennigan wasn't confident in his own build (because there wasn't a good plan in place, a team concept beyond 'good player' who can't shoot). So he tried to swing for the fences and lost what turned out to be his best talent. The great thing about consistently hitting singles is that when you do hit a home run, the bases are often loaded. Take the Isaac pick last year. I didn't like it. It was safe. In a vacuum, I still think DSJ might be the BPA at that point. But I didn't understand how this management team works, then. I'm starting to, I think. See, DSJ might have been the BPA, the swing for the fences pick I would have liked. But he didn't fit what the FO was looking for. So they just got contact, as they say. Singled out, maybe doubled, with Isaac. But with Gordon already on base, we had now two on. Bamba makes it three on. With the bases loaded, you don't swing at everything that comes to you. You wait for it. Maybe this trade is a single, and we get a run in (maybe Jerian turns out to be a solid starter). Maybe it's a foul down the line, and we stay at bat. But we're not swinging at Isaiah Thomas, because that's not what the FO is looking for. Going for Isaiah Thomas at this point is like trying to take a slider yard when we're looking for it high and over the plate. Sure, maybe we get good contact and bring everyone in. More likely we fly out.
  15. Justin Jaudon

    2018 Official Offseason Thread

    Last season, Gordon was virtually equal per 36, but more efficient . Even inefficient Gordon was basically just as good a scorer. Gordon is Young and should improve. Thomas is older and injured, less likely to bounce back.
  16. Justin Jaudon

    2018 Official Offseason Thread

    There is almost no chance he's not capable of being in the rotation. Do you know anything about this kid? He was one of the better backup PGs in the league last year. He's just about to enter his prime, and he's improved every year. Even if it does happen that he can't contribute, you're considering risking a second round pick on a guy who's almost definitely at least a really solid back-up to be a big risk? Really? What do you think we should be getting with second round picks?
  17. Justin Jaudon

    2018 Official Offseason Thread

    Isaiah Thomas, Kyle Lowry, and Goran Dragic all played on three teams by the time they were 26. Just saying. Sometimes it takes a while for a PG to get it all together, and often guys who haven't put it together but look like they have potential get traded because they have value.
  18. Justin Jaudon

    2018 Official Offseason Thread

    I feel like there's a good argument to be made that Jerian was the better PG on the Bulls last year. And the age difference between him and Dunn is negligible. If we'd gotten Kris Dunn, people would be very excited, acting like we got a possible future starter. What is really the difference between the two? Dunn gets more steals, but he turns the ball over way more. Jerian is coming off a very solid season, and he's improved visibly every year in the league.
  19. Justin Jaudon

    2018 Official Offseason Thread

    I disagree so far. But only because I have a very high opinion of Dipo. I think he'll get better against double teams (why not? He's gotten better at everything else), and be a top 10 guy in the league. He's a rare two-way guard who can be an elite scorer and defender. There are very few of those in history.
  20. Justin Jaudon

    2018 Official Offseason Thread

    For the record, I really like Grant. I'm excited to see him get an opportunity to start (I assume he'll at least be given the chance).
  21. Justin Jaudon

    2018 Official Offseason Thread

    And you could absolutely be right. But I never thought scoring was what made EP bad (at least, not the biggest thing). EP couldn't/wouldn't (both?) defend consistently. The problem with Smart is that his offense is actually worse than EP's, because he takes just way too many bad shots. EP knew his limitations (perhaps too well) on offense, and thus played timid. That hurt. But is it worst to be timid or overconfident? Depends just how bad a shooter you are, I guess.
  22. Justin Jaudon

    2018 Official Offseason Thread

    I just can't help but think of what a lineup with Smart/Ross/Isaac/Gordon/Bamba could do on defense. How do you score on that team? At all? We'd be beating teams 85-75 on a regular basis.
  23. Justin Jaudon

    2018 Official Offseason Thread

    He was a weird player in college, too. Very different from his NBA role so far. He ran the offense, but he was very high-usage (29% as a soph), inefficient shooter. He did have a good assist % and a decent TO% that sophomore year, though. I think he can run an offense, and it's conceivable that it might actually help him take fewer bad shots. Just the change in mind-set might help.
  24. Justin Jaudon

    2018 Official Offseason Thread

    I wish I could understand my weird love for Marcus Smart as a basketball player, but I want us to get a deal done for him so bad. He just fits the defensive nastiness that I want to see from a PG. And I guess my thinking is that no one's shooting can stay bad for that long - hell, even Rubio is downright average now. He's a solid FT shooter. He just seems to take awful shots. I keep thinking that a change of coaching staff, different direction offensively, could really help him. Kemba improved his shooting quite a bit under Clifford. Aaron has improved here. If Smart could just improve to Rubio's level - look at the similarities in shooting their first 4 years, for reference - he could be a very, very good player. I guess my point is that I'd give up Vuc and the OKC pick in a sign-and-trade for Smart and call this off-season glorious. Smart seems pissed that Boston is playing games with his RFA. Rumors are he might take the QO and then Boston would likely lose him for nothing next year as he'd be unrestricted; they'd have to lock up Rozier, especially if they can't re-sign Kyrie - doubt they'd have the ability to spend big on Smart. They get Vuc's expiring and a cost-controlled player with OKC's pick, and they don't have to worry about salary for their future. Between Terry, Tatum, and Brown, they have some big contract decisions to worry about.
  25. Justin Jaudon

    Summer League Thread

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