dakomish23 wrote:Greenie wrote:dakomish23 wrote:Without him we are undoubtedly worse, but not bad enough to get a top 5 pick in the current East where so many are not going all in to compete now. With him, playing a lineup of him at the 4 & KP at the 5, surrounded by shooters and defenders, we could be in the mix.
Is that what we should settle for this year?
Melo needs to go chase a ring in OKC and this team needs to develop the youth / trade for prospects, assets and shorter contracts.
2019-20 is when we should be looking at making the playoffs again at the earliest.
Without Melo we are top 5.
People overlook all of his positives that he does bring to focus on the negatives though, so it is hard to believe.
You know that's not how I view Melo.
I just think ATL BKN ORL PHX LAL PHI SAC could all be worse. A lot of teams are trying to get into the top of the 2018 draft. Did Bagley reclassify yet?
We have some vets who will help us pull out a game or two. KP will take another step in his progression. WHG will be better. Frank should give us some much needed perimeter D. THJ will get hot some games.
We're not bottom of the barrel abysmal sans Melo. 25 wins might get you the 8th pick this year
Not talking about you.
However, we are underestimating other teams because we don't watch them on a regular basis.
ATL will be worse, but they won't be as bad as some think. BK got better. Orlando got better. PHX got better. So on and so on.
KP isn't the only young player looking to take a step forward and Frank isn't the only rookie looking to make an impact.