lars_rosenberg wrote:Tbh honest at this point I'd rather play Mannion, Poole and Wiseman more and get a top 10 pick than getting to a first round exit.
It sucks for Steph, but at least this season he is able to play and show everybody he's still elite. The team is just not good enough to contend and a first round exit doesn't really change much in his legacy.
Playoff experience could be valuable for the young players, but it depends on the cost of getting there.
However it goes, I think a full tank like last season would have been detrimental, because the young players shouldn't get used to lose and to not being accountable for their mistakes, so a semi-competitive season like this one could be a good balance.
And if they are lucky they can even win a top 4 pick in the lottery.
This is very sensible and is in line with my thoughts.
I think we vastly underestimate how bad this team is even with 15-20 mpg of Klay to start next year. There are only two ways out. The young guys need to develop into real, reliable rotational players or we need to ship them all away for a Beal type.
Let's please not debate which to do in this thread because it's getting tiring. The point is in both scenarios you have to play the young guys, see what they have and build up their value either to us or another team. You do that by force feeding guys like Wiseman minutes instead of starting Looney. You will lose more, but what are we really winning now or next year with that conservative approach?