rtblues wrote:Dominater wrote:rtblues wrote:My problem with trading Lauri now is they'd be "selling low", yet it's a conundrum since waiting for him to get better is also a risk, and if he does, then he'll want to get paid. Important decision going forward. Only thing I'll say about him in this current situation, it would be very interesting to see what Markkanen could do, with a true distributor on the team, an actual PG, and secondly how a new coach will impact his play. Which is why I'm very much okay with drafting/trading for a PG with the traditional passing skills of a PG.
They can put any player at the 1 and call him a PG, but the reality always comes through. This much seems fair to say, Zach ain't a PG, and neither is Coby White. Sato? He's had enough of an opportunity to show us that he's not really a true PG , or one that makes the others around him better.
Regarding the coaching change, should it result in Lauri having a resurgence, that would sort of seem to validate the "Boylen messed him up" narrative, although there can never be any concrete correlation to absolutely prove it. Unless, of course, Lauri were to improve and when asked about it, come out and say that "it's been the coaching change". Yeah, how cool would that be?
Well, he was good as a rookie under Hoiberg. And lest we forget, thats the only time he played under Hoiberg. Remember at the start of year 2 both Lauri and Dunn were on the injured list, and Pax pulled a shady move by replacing Fred with Boylen immediately before Lauri/Dunns return so that Fred didn't have a chance to improve with a better roster, while Boylen would be starting with a full deck from day 1.
Some of his decline is most definitely ocaching
I was put off by Lauri when time and time again he was bullied down low, or failed to dominate against mismatches himself.
I'm sure what you're saying about Boylen has some validity, but there's also just some personal pride and effort that was questionable last season. It certainly casts doubts on him at the 5, or even at the 4! He also just doesn't fill up the stat sheet either. I hope that even the Lauri supporters can admit that he had disappointing season, putting it kindly.
About his rookie year under Hoiberg, yes and perhaps he was in a better position at the time to succeed, and fast-forward later to a couple of years later and there is scouting on him that there wasn't his rookie season, so teams were able to game-plan against him and the things he does well, or not so well.
18/9 is filling up the stat sheet tho. He would have exceeded this number had Hoiberg gave him the 1st option with motion offense.
And plz dont forget he was drafted as a generational shooter. He is easily the type of guy that can avg 45/40/90 for the rest of his career on decent volume playing with a goat talent in Doncic. My concern for him is he needs better players around him to unleash his Dirk lite flashes everyone witnessed. Name players that can go toe to toe with unicorn Porzingod bc theres only a handful.