jbk1234 wrote: toooskies wrote: jbk1234 wrote:
I don't think you can draw that conclusion from the available data. If you want to say that there isn't enough data fine, but this is where Sexton proponents want to have it both ways. He's almost always on the court with the starters, but when he's not, you're not seeing a net loss in terms of margins. If anything, the data suggests that the games are actually closer when he's out and Garland still starts.
Now there can be a number of reasons for this over a small sample size, but if that's happening when your leading scorer is off the court, it's worth asking why, and perhaps even forcing the issue of a larger sample size.
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The problem is that Okoro was always on the court with the starters too, and he was one of the worst offensive players in basketball this year.
Okay, but that was true when Garland was playing without Sexton as well and the margins for the losses actually shrunk. I agree with John that the Cavs need more NBA talent at the backup guard positions, both of them, so the Cavs can run different lineups.
The bottom line is that all of our draft picks need to improve if we're going to ever win games. The tricky part is deciding when we've seen enough and it's time to move on rather than pay. Some of you are already at that point for various reasons, but I'm optimistic because all 3 are still showing signs of improvement.
I'd also just like to see where these young players can go (as Cavs), but rebuilding via 19 year olds is tricky. If we were following "The Process", we'd be looking to raise the value of these players as high as we can so we can trade them for future picks until we draft a couple of star caliber can't miss prospects. And just keep the losing rolling until we get lucky in the lottery + draft.
I don't think our process is that narrow, but we can look back at the players that Philly has drafted and see in many cases it was warranted; but some of the players they gave up on or let go have been proven to be pretty decent pros. Jerami Grant and Christian Wood (who was considered a bad influence on Okafor) may even be approaching All-Star level; but otoh, who knows if Markelle Fultz will ever get his jumper back and Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel may never be more than journeymen.
So, I don't begrudge anyone who wants to stick with a player or move on - time will tell. I'm just hoping the Cavs have some solid talent evaluators somewhere in the organization and they're listening to them.