shrink wrote:winforlose wrote:winforlose wrote:
How do you figure? Having an extra double digit scorer who fixes our biggest weakness (defensive rebounding,) and allows you to move Dlo to the second unit all in one swoop. Imagine the lineups
Beverly, Ant, V8, Wood, KAT
Dlo, Nowell, MCD, Reid, Theis.
You create around 5.4 mil in space under the tax with this trade and when you trade Layman for a 2nd or combine him with 4.75 mil trade exemption you have real money to throw at someone for another improvement at the deadline. What am I missing?
Edit to add, JO or Bolmaro can replace Nowell for more defense if MCD can maintain/increase his offensive production.
I cleaned up my post from last night and am bumping it to get some opinions. I think these lineups would be deadly.
Maybe you can tell me more about Wood, because I haven’t seen enough of him. I think he can rebound, but I heard he was pretty bad defensively. Getting Theis too though would really help. I like the savings under the lux and I don’t think they get enough credit. I don’t think Vando so starts over DLo, even if it’s just team politics.
In general, MIN clearly needs another big, but I lean against these trades adding a star big man because:
1. After having no pick in last years lottery and draft, I am not confident enough in the team yet to want to trade future picks. Many of our other trade pieces don’t have a lot of value right now.
2. Most of the bigger name bigs I see in trades got those big names because they are 15-20 PPG scorers. MIN needs a big that is a threat to make an open basket if uncovered to keep Towns from being doubled and move a big out of the paint. But that guy needs to be someone who would be happy here being a fourth option, because KAT, Ant and DLo are all going to expect to get their FGA’s.
Would I love to see Myles Turner or a healthy Jonathan Isaac on this team? Sure! But it does not seem realistic to me that the Wolves would make a deal like that right now, but may aim for a lesser big.
Wood’s defensive rating is just slightly worse than KAT’s. From what I read he prefers to guard Centers but can guard PFs (but his numbers are better against Cs.) Wood is a career 36% 3 point shooter struggling this season at 30.9. He is ranked 2nd in the entire league at defensive rebounding and is averaging 9.4 defensive boards, 11.1 total boards, and 15.5 points while being the best player on the worst team. I figure playing next to KAT and Ant he gets a lot more open shots and his offense looks better. He is not a rim protector as his season and career average for blocks is .8 per game. But, the uptick in rebounding and the increase in size if V8 plays the 3 is so significant that even if he gives up an extra 10 points a game defensively (unlikely as he is replacing Dlo in the lineup,) compared to Beasley he probably nets you an extra 10-20 overall. Wood is 26 (the same age as KAT,) and has had four solid years of production. I think he KAT and Ant could be big down the line.
Dlo moving to the second unit so we can be play with size makes perfect sense. Our starting lineup would be 6’1 Beverly, 6’7 Ant, 6’9 Vando, 6’11 KAT and 6’10 Woods makes us difficult to guard. The fact that Wood can play inside or outside forces them to commit a big to him and solves the put the center on V8 problem right away. He spaces the floor and gives Ant more room to move inside.
Theis and Naz paired with MCD also excites me. Add Dlo’s shooting and passing to that mix alongside either a solid defensive player like JO or shooter like Nowell and we have a legit balanced 2nd unit.
I get not wanting to give up draft capital, but all the teams serious about contending are doing just that. Our own picks would be pretty below average the next couple seasons if I am right about the fit of these guys. If not we can move Wood and recoup some of our investment. Overall, if we want to keep our talent and add an impact big (or two in my scenario,) we need to offer picks.