therealdeal wrote:Just based on three facts I think we'll be better:
1. D'Antoni is gone so the rotations will be more stable.
2. D'Antoni is gone so we'll have no more 3 PG rotations.
3. D'Antoni is gone so our bigs will be more effective.
OKAY, SECOND THAT!!!
Here's a visual breakdown:This Year's Roster VS Last Year's Roster:
(Guys in RED were here last season)
PG: Lin / Clarkson / Marshall**
...honestly, even Nash said that]
PF: Boozer / Randle / Kelly
/ Davis / Sacre
* = Even though he only played 6 games last year, Kobe WAS technically ON the roster, so...
** = I assume we re-sign Marshall when he clears waivers, which I ASSUME he will...stay tuned, to something else
PG: Marshall / Farmar / [out:Nash]
SG: Meeks / Brooks / Blake* / [out:Kobe]
SF: Xavier / Bazemore
PF: Wesley / Hill / Kelly
C: Pau / Sacre / [out:Kaman - Mike D Stupidity]
* = Traded for Brooks/Bazemore
Lin replaces Farmar = Slight Upgrade (health-wise, if nothing else)
Kobe replaces Meeks = Should be a massive upgrade, but you never know.
Clarkson Replaces Brooks = X's and O's wise, should be a medium size upgrade.
Boozer replaces Pau = Probable downgrade, possibly only slight depending on Boozer's fit with team.
Randle/Davis replace Kaman = Upgrade w/Davis on glass, D...upgrade with Randle on O.I don't know who will replace Bazemore, but I don't think that will materially change the overall fortunes of this year's team. Most likely, at our current price range, it should work out to being a slight player downgrade.
Overall, I think we may wind up a better team than last season, provided that Julius Randle can develop quickly, Boozer can add value, Kobe stays close to full health all year, the presence of a new coach improves rotations, roles and player development (as well as aggregate defense and rebounding) and Ed Davis/Lin give us what we expect.
If we get an unexpected value with the last free agent signing (say, Evan Turner or Michael Beasley...both of whom I think would be an effective starting SF for us) then we could win more games than we lose. If we can swing a Nash trade at the deadline, and bring in another player that adds value...we might challenge for the playoffs. No contention this season, but it won't totally suck...unless we rehire Mike Brown or Mike D.
The End is nigh. Time for a total Cut and Shuffle. Kobe contract was a mistake...time to avoid making more. The future is here, whether we want it to be or not. An era is over, but for the death rattle, and it's time for the cycle to begin anew. Growth and change are scary and painful, but alas...nothing worth achieving comes easily.