I watched the whole game. the starters (even without Howard) looked like a playoff team already. We coasted up about 4-9 points until the starters came out at the half. Midway through the third quarter, once Jamison, Duhon, Blake and Hill were done for the night, the Warriors (who were still playing as many as 4 starters) just decided to start playing mid season aggressiveness on both ends and it totally caught our camp invites and new members off guard.
Everyone started trying to stem the tide themselves, and it was god awful. On the bright side, DJO, CD-R, Earl Clark, Jodie Meeks, Devin Ebanks and Robert Sacre all looked like they were good bench players. Goudelock, Darius Morris, Somogyi, Aguilar and Reeves Nelson were CLEARLY outmatched and playing against players who are at a level higher than their abilities. Duhon and Blake were not a liability, but neither did anything mentionable either. Between the two, I prefer the steadiness and better ball handling of Duhon over the herky-jerky, hesitant and turnover prone Blake.
If it were up to me, after evaluating the summer league, practices and the first preseason game, our roster would wind up like this:
PG: Nash / Duhon / Blake
SG: Kobe / Meeks / DJO
SF: MWP / Ebanks / CD-R
PF: Pau / Jamison / Clark
C: Dwight / Hill / Sacre
If management is ABSOLUTELY INSISTING on leaving a roster spot open, I would have to say that we dump Sacre, mainly because we can always try to get K-Mart, and since athletes like DJO and third string PGs like Blake are not available in the current FA market, the 5 position is the most flexible and the most needy at the end of the bench, followed CLOSELY by back-up PG and third string SG.
Honestly, even after one preseason game, I feel comfortable saying that we need a back-up PG who is more of a scorer and offensive floor leader, not a passive outside spot shooter like Blake and Duhon. Goudelock WOULD THEORETICALLY fit that role, but he doesn't have the handle or the moves, at the NBA level, to fit that role. Honestly, we may need to take a flyer on someone like Arenas. Also, we need more scoring punch from the second unit.
Hill, Meeks, Clark, even Jamison (at this stage of his career) are not guys that can create much for themselves, especially if it has to come in limited minutes. We need someone who will come in (ala Nate Robinson) and just fire the bench up and score in bunches. We should be active at the trade deadline, because we have a serious need. For now, this is the roster I would form:
PG: Nash / Arenas / Duhon
SG: Kobe / Meeks / CD-R
SF: MWP / McGrady / Ebanks
PF: Pau / Jamison / Clark
C: Dwight / Hill / K-Mart
Last edited by Snakell Beast
on Sun Oct 07, 2012 10:13 pm, edited 4 times in total.
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.