AFM wrote:I have no doubt about that. But what about the rest of the team?
Again, our roster is made up of players that other teams cut.
Big post for those that have the patience to read it.
First, what team doesn't have players from other teams? That really isn't the issue. Getting the team to gel so they get the most from the talent they have is. They have been in games. They have played well at times. They even beat a Miami team whos big three all produced really well.
They didn't have to struggle this bad. Now I'm not making the agreement that this team has lots of established
talent, but its not don't totally lack talent either. Its other things that are more common sense and obvious that have caused the slow start which is making them look worse then the talent they have. Let keep in mind, they have been in most games.
Here is a break down.
-Lots of new players that don't have defined rolls trying to learn to play together (time can and will solve that)
-No starting quality PG to help bring all these new pieces together (Crawford helps. Wall will help more)
-Injuries to the most talented of the group. Wall and Nene ( Nene is back and getting in better shape)
-Injuries to even the support pieces. Trevor A, Booker, Price
-A new coach who given these challenges messed up in the worst way by not starting a line up that combined the better options for PG and a #1 and #2 scoring option. Crawford should have started from day 1 and he needed to put your more established players out there to compliment that. At least one needed to be able to score. Starting Beal was the wrong thing to do to him and the team. I think it has slowed his development and the teams development.
-- Lots of new player and constantly changing line ups because Randy did not find the right starting line up from the start nor at any point this year. They added Okafor, Trevor A, Webster, AJ Price, Beal, Pargo, Barron and now Livingston. Nene was only with the team as of the end of last year and he wasn't even healthy to play the first 8 games. This is either a huge blunder by Randy or a purposeful tank. I think it was the first thing.
-- PG has been a problem all year. Specially since there are so many new pieces. Hell, look how LA has been struggling and they have Kobe and Howard. Adding lots of new player is tough for any team. We were starting AJ Price for God sake. Now it's not even that Price is total suck but he was not a starter ready that's for sure. He made progress but he had up games and down games or was up and down in most games. That crippled the team right there. He didn't have the established game and swag that you need
in a starting PG. Specially on a team with so many new pieces. He should have never started. That is on Randy. That is probably the most obviously blunder. I have been saying that since off offseason.
--Lack of putting a #1 scoring option in the starting line up. So after blowing it by starting Price, he didn't even put a player out there with the staring line up that would create some structure that would have given the team a chance. Beal is a 19 year old kid with poor handles and a inconstant shot. He doesn't know the pro game yet. Trevor A is a 3rd option. Booker was injured and not a #1 or proven #2 option. Then they used Singleton a PF which is a new position for a second year player who isn't a #1 or #2 scoring option. And then you put either Booker or Singleton out there with Okafor who is a #3 option and a bad pairing for either. That is terrible. There were obvious better option and Randy didn't do it. Grade F
So you have a team with all these new pieces without a player a PG capable of leading a team without any #1 or #2 scoring option on the court with him. And even given that, they have been in game because the players that can do better were there, Randy just played them later in the game. You can't start every game down 10 after the first quarter and expect to win.
Crawford - He should have started from day one. He clearly was most prepared for that role.
Webster or Martin should have been the starting SG
Trevor A would have been fine with those two. He would be done what he does. Defense and 3rd option
Kevin S - Kid has holes in his game but he can score in the post. He is learning to rebound
Okafor - established average player who would have anchored the post with rebounding, blocks, 4th option
Kevin was the young player to start not Beal. Kevin is in his 3rd year. He knows the NBA game better. He has tons of upside that and the talent to reach it. He was the one to develop to start the year. They have way more time to bring Beal along.
Had Randy started this line up once Kevin S was healthy, it would have helped this team of so many new players gel much more quickly. Regardless of all the other issues, this was a team of lots of new player that needed to gel. That would be true even if Wall was healthy. They would have played more consistently and not dug 10 pt deficits after one quarter every game. Players could have settled into their roles and expanded their games quicker. They could have focused on developing Kevins power game more. That starting five would have started the game with much more structure. Feed Kevin in the post to start the game. In out game with Webster/Martin who are bother better outside shooters then Beal. Trevor would have filled in taking a few shots. Okafor for a few post moves. Crawford filling in with a few shots and driving while chucking some and probing the defense. They could have had that same starting line up for most the year except now instead of Trevor A at SF, you would have Singleton.
Price, Beal, Trevor A, Booker, Okafor
No swag PG, 19 year old rookie wet behind the ears, vet SF 3rd option as a #1 or #2, smallish injured PF, and Okafor. That is a beyond stupid starting 5 compared to what they could have done. And they missed out on focusing on developing Kevin instead of throwing Beal into the 10 foot deep end.
My starting line up is way better and makes way more sense. Randy's starting line up have been pure failure all year.
All these new players on the roster will continue to gel even with one armed tied behind their backs with Randys line ups, I can see that happening some already anyway. He has finally put Crawford as PG given he had no other choice. That is not a coach that is leading. Webster is now starting even if it is at the wrong slot.
So he has two more moves he needs to make. Get Beal out of the starting line up and start Kevin or Nene.
Eventually Kevin or Nene will get solved with or without Randy making the right coaching decision. If he doesn't put Kevin in there, eventually Nene will get healthy enough to make that the obvious move. So eventually we will see Nene/Okafor or Kevin/Okafor or Kevin/Nene. When we do, we will play better.
So the only real coaching move left to make is to get the 19 year old Beal kid out of the starting line up for right now. He doesn't have to start to develop. Harden didn't his first two years. I have no faith Randy will do it though. I have no faith he will maximize the guard rotation once Wall and Price are healthy. Crawford should get moved to back up PG with Price as the 3rd option. Webster or Martin should start with Beal and one of them backing up the starter. Next year, Beal can start if he earns it. By then, Crawford would have gotten plenty of back up PG to show if that is the answer for him or not. If not, maybe Price proves he can do it by them and Crawford is moved to SG again.
Webster or Martin/Beal
They should not be rushing Beal so much. There is no reason for it. Let the kid grow up a little. He isn't going anywhere. Lets see what we have in players we need to decide if we are going to keep who are more ready to produce as professional NBA players today. Let the team gel and find their roles. A coaches job is to give them the best chance to win. He is making it so that once they get more healthy, more player will rot on the bench and likely get moved before we get the best from them. Its just Fd up. Right now Ves is the best example of that. This is going to lead to more changing rosters and line up that will need to gel again. I have been watching this for at least 3 years now. That is a big reason they start slow every year. They never establish enough of the roster. This team is in desperate need of some stability. That will go a long way to maximizing the talent.
The blow it with Dray.
The are not developing Kevin and Ves right now as the main focus but instead are focused on Beal.
Kevin has played two years off the bench. Good. Start him now. He has earned it.
Ves should be getting minutes off the bench even if it is just 5 minutes.
Beal Stop starting him. Let him develop and earn it.
Start Webster or Martin. Both has been in the league long enough to know where their rss is and both need to be given an opportunity so show if they can step it up. Both should be ready mentally to do it. Both could prove to be valuable keepers.