iqureshi wrote:Lavine, was not a good player a few years ago. He has definitely improved his game every off season, paired with elite athleticism. His biggest weakness at this point is he's not player you just give the ball to and let him go wild, like alot of the "top players". He can do it , but not for a whole game, because he doesn't make great decisions, maybe cause the team around him sucked and there was nobody to dump off to when they doubled him. I think he could be one of the greatest off ball players ever. He can do everything with a little space, and this roll for him should really help him flourish.
Vooch is an athletically challenged uber skilled big man. I kept hearing comparisons to a taller more talented carlos boozer. Probably a good comparisson, but with this roll they are giving him, it might work really well. He's not an elite defender but better then wendell. As a 3rd or 4th option, he'll thrive.
Ball still isn't great in the half court or finishing. His shot is so good now, and vision great, but if his best move while driving would be finding a cutter. Needs work there to become elite. Probably best pure pg bulls have ever had though.
DeRozan is the big wild card. He's always been asked to score, and like parker said when he was here, i don't get paid to play Defense. In preseason his 3point shot seemed serviceable, and his defense isn't atrocious. His defense is one of the week links in our team.
PW: think the season always relied on how good he can be. If he's kawai we are a contender (unlikely), but if he's hit a significant improvement from last year, he'll really thrive with ball/demar playing a secondary off ball roll.
We've seen the "fringe star super team" thing fall apart (Deron/Joe/Lopez Nets, Westbrook/George/Melo Thunder), so it wouldn't entirely shock me if they underwhelm. But I do think they bought low on every single player (besides the cost of Zach/Jimmy), including our FAs. More importantly, the ages and salary cap are very well structured. The only dent will be Zach's impending max, but there's really no alternative now since we're operating over the cap anyway. With the protected picks and cap/trade flexibility, I'm not worried about a meltdown or disappointing run.
I do hope that DeRozan and Pat play well though. Their best versions would absolutely make this a contender.
I also think Billy is the ideal coach for this squad. I liked the way OKC played in the CP3 year, and the way Billy talked about prospects on that team. Seemed like he handled their development perfectly (Shai, Dort, Bazley, Diallo). Also put Gallinari and Schroder in perfect roles, career-high seasons.. not to mention CP3's return to stardom. Great players have endorsed him, so it was funny hearing some criticism last season (drop defense anybody? While working with Lauri/Wendell/Valentine/Coby/Gafford/Kornet as options..) I see a lot of comparisons in types of personalities and players that Donovan works well with (between that CP3 OKC squad and this Bulls team).
I'm glad we got Alize, Javonte, Ayo. At least 1 of these guys are going to have a big jump under Donovan. Not to mention Lonzo and Caruso.