dakomish23 wrote:god shammgod wrote:robillionaire wrote:
I'm honestly not so sure about that. This team has overachieved. There's no reason to assume next year will be better.
some of the guys who played big roles might not be back too. bullock & burks have probably earned themselves bigger deals than we'll be willing to pay.
You guys are not building in the growth of the kids as well to at least maintain this level. Mitch will get better. IQ will get better. RJB will get better. Who knows about everyone else but the keeps will continue to climb.
The journeymen guys are replaceable.
I can't speak for sham but I'm not factoring in the growth of the kids because that's just never happened enough to really matter. Mitch is the same player he was 3 years ago but now mix in regular injuries. IQ might get marginally better but thibs probably won't play him even if he does. RJ will probably get better but I don't know how much it moves the needle, he's already playing well and we've lost 5 out of 6. Frank and Knox are done and Toppin doesn't look promising at all. We've probably won too many games to draft anybody who will be able to make an impact on winning in their first couple seasons if they can at all.
The Randle fluke hot streak combined with the soft schedule were the main reasons we were even a .500 club and he's regressing in front of our eyes or just breaking down from playing the most minutes in the NBA, and as he regresses the team is imploding. He might not make it through the season without a major injury. This team reminds me a lot of the 2017 Knicks pre-KP ACL tear. That team also played .500 ball for about 40 games and featured a soft schedule to start the year and a flukey all-star appearance by a non all-star player. wasn't long at all until we were back in the tank.