dsg2021 wrote:You just thank God none of y'all run the FO or have any tiny bit of sway with it whatsoever. Simple. I never once, ever put J.I. in a single trade scenario, ever, period. It's as obvious as it can f'in be as to why. And I gave up defending on him for the same exact reason I wrote in my first sentence. It's just too tiring to bother with some of the people in here these days.
And the only other player in the entire roster who comes close to J.I.'s value in terms of youth/upside/untapped ceiling is AG. So no, there's no B.I.G. problem for me, either. At least not with AG and J.I. together.
BIG doesn't work because 2 of the 3 are pretty much rookies and works in progress... does not make sense. SMH. This Isaac is a totally different person from 2018... and has now started to look good with gordon... who on his own is still getting better and bamba has played... 47 games at 16 mpg and his body is still 2 years away from being NBA matured. Does BIG work NOW.... nope not really.... can they become something special when they have hit their primes... Dang right i believe they can. Either that or we can scrap and separate .... then look back and say something like "MAAAAANNNNN TOBIAS would look great next to Gordon right now".
Needless to say.... if they were already close to reaching their potentials.... blow it up. But I still believe Isaac and Bamba are scratching the surface and gordon is not close to his peak either.
I can agree and see where you're going with your post, except for one thing.. and this is why I'm in complete shock with so many people here: J.I. is ACTUALLY not very different at all from his rookie year! That's the absolutely crazy thing, that people are not seeing except for a few of us. It's all in his defense and his true impact on the floor, the kind that never touches the boxscore. So yeah, Isaac got what was it, 3 blocks and 1 steal in one possession, with a made 3 pointer in the next possession right after. Of course, something like that is what ORL is striving for with Isaac. (Nevermind that when I talked up Isaac a few weeks ago as ORL's "secret jet fighter project" no one agreed and a few disagreed..).. But take this for instance, with what I am trying to say, there was a possession not too far from that 3 blocks, 3 points one.. where Fournier steals the ball and keeps it away for a fast break and two made ORL points.
What actually happened though? It was all Isaac INSTEAD. ATL was going thru one of its offensive possessions/sets, and the ball handler got in trouble on the left wing and was getting ready to pass out and reset. Isaac absolutely bodied up the ATL player on the top of the key, the 'reset' guy. And it wasn't anything like Isaac was already on him either, he instinctively sprinted out and covered it.. a times two factor of length/athleticism and instinct.. this then forced the ball handler into a change with a risky cross-court pass.. which led to Fournier's "boxscore steal" .. which btw, Isaac sprinted down in the fast-break with Fournier to get the alley-oop.
And what's sad is ish like this was observable in his first rookie season. People were just sleeping because.. well, Idk, maybe b/c ORL was so boring and bad to appreciate the little things adding up for J.I. Don't listen to me tho, just listen to literally everything Coach Cliff has been trying to say about J.I. thru-out this year.. (hint: it's rave reviews)