Sam Lowry Jr wrote:Hard pass on Embiid. Centers are like rbs and relief pitchers in today's NBA - I wouldn't pay big money on Embiid, even if he's a generational talent, which is questionable. He has super star skills, but no heart or drive, which you can't really teach.
On top of that, he's a ball stopper and his slow plodding style is a questionable fit in Kerr's system. Remember how excruciating it was having KD, Steph and Klay watch as Boogie was slowly posting up in a vacuum?
You would also mostly likely have to trade away Wiggins, who's-- as crazy as it sounds -- a better fit with the current healthy lineup than Embiid. We are already thin at wing as is, and if we trade away Wiggins, we would currently have Damien Lee (?!) guarding the likes of Paul George, Doncic, Lebron, etc next year. Good luck with that.
Ben Simmons would arguably fit better with the Splash Brothers, but then what do you do with two guys who can't shoot (Draymond) in the starting line up? Again, you would have to tinker with the core too much.
Unless its Giannis, I don't think we should mess with the line-up and system too much in trying to acquire a "super star." I look at teams like Toronto and Miami who are playing really well despite not going the "super team" route. Money is better spent trying to fill out the roster with great role players who know their roles than to go all in on a questionable fit superstar.
Yep...nailed it. And watch Utah and Denver fight it out. How involved were their centers in that battle? THIS IS A GUARDS LEAGUE!!!!! So frustrating how folks don't see that. The ONLY thing that keeps Embiid possible is that he might make a three now and then.
A little more here - Warriors have FEASTED on big low post centers over the past 5 years. FEASTED. They hope for that low post isolation because they turn it over often and it's only two points. They LOVE to get a big traditional center trying to guard Curry...or Klay. The entire league loves putting big slow centers on an island so they can abuse them. We lost to Cavs in 2016 in part because Ezeli was put on a switch with Lebron.
The cool big center is dead. If you are not AD, then you are Yokic, Gobert, Embiid..and you are F'ing up spacing, can't guard the outside and you screw up the spacing.
And with that SAME logic, Wiseman is the wrong draft choice. And it will likely take him 3 years to sniff Embiid's level.
Looking forward to 2073....bye bye pouting moody Durant...hello again the 73 win style of hoops!