old school 34 wrote:
I get you wanting to make a point that he should be evaluated because of his potential shooting #'s & can agree to that point. But I think after he officially signs (whenever that happens)....if he does get sent to IA....very likely because of the wings you mention...it doesn't mean that he's been forgotten &/or being ignored or developed. Rosas was very instrumental with Hou's G-league team and developed a ton of players for them.
Like you said that would be a good problem to have & we can develop him down there... while determining which of the other wings we want to move on from &/or improve their trade stock....
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Ok you bring up other items such as improving trade stock in other players. Frankly I don't care about that as much. The trade stock of everyone goes up a little if the team is winning a lot more. It drops for everyone if the team is a loser. Benched or playng. I hope Rosas can utilize Iowa more and it seems less like a place to end your Timberwolves career and more like an extension of our main team's roster as he moves players in and out and uses them at times. Until that's proven...
So there have been mixed rumors about the defensive movement the signed additions were a part of. Let's compare the last two seasons quick.IN 17/18
Wolves attempted six less 3s per game than in 2018/19, scoring 6 less points per game from 3s than 18/19.In 17/18
Wolves attempted five less FTs per game than in 2018/19, scoring 1.5 less points per game from FTs than 18/19.In 17/18
Wolves gained 2.5 more pts per game from 2pt shots than in 18/19.In 17/18
Wolves ranked 1st in points scored from 2pt shots (65.6), in 18/19 they ranked 5th (63.1)The 17/18
Wolves' offensive efficiency per game was ranked 4th, while in 18/19 it was ranked 14th.The 17/18
Wolves' defensive efficiency per game was ranked 27th, while in 18/19 it was ranked 23rd. The 17/18
Wolves' rank for opponents shooting efficiency per game was 29th, while the 18/19 team was 23rd!
The 17/18 Wolves' turnover per possession and rank was identical to 18/19.The 17/18
Wolves' blocks per game were ranked 25th(4.1), in 18/19 they were ranked 17th (5)
Yet the record in 2017/18 was 11 wins better
. How can this be when the Wolves in 18/19 improved on 3pt attempts and scores from 3, and improved on defensive efficiency enough to leap up in rank? The answer is, 17/18 won with better offensive efficiency.
That's not to say that improving on the 23rd ranked defensive efficiency can't also help now. But the numbers and rank improvements from the two seasons show that it won't add more wins like higher offensive efficiency can.
So watching your new POBO tripling down on defensive additions with weaker shot history and preparing to stash a new player with impressive shooting numbers into development Iowa concerns me a bit. Yes it does.
These are my opinions.