Solid Snake wrote:
The FO boxed themselves into a corner by never addressing an offense predicated on anyone other than Vuc that they
acquired. Point blank, that’s the situation. The Orlando Magic can run a different offense and won’t be “tanking” by giving AG, Isaac, and Fournier more responsibility offensively. Just because we haven’t seen a scheme without Vuc doesn’t mean it would be impossible without him.
NOW after having made that caveat (that for some reason always needs to be stated and prefaced).
The FO does NOT NEED
to retain the players at all costs
simply because they are currently
shouldering the load offensively. That’s the incorrect way of solving the primary issue at hand that they have not addressed
alternate ways of distributing the responsibility of an offense.
The only argument to be made would be asset retention with Vucevic. However, that becomes much more difficult
to move a Center at a $20+m that thrives only in a system built specifically around him for his entire career. That cost becomes less valuable
to teams after
he signs his contract.
Ezzp will continue to say **** like “slow and steady growth in a winning context”, which is another way of saying “we won’t be attracting free agents, won’t be utilizing the draft, and we will be watching a decade of Vucevic inspired offense before we ship off some of the younger core in some miraculous franchise altering trade.”
Teams have turned around in a quicker amount of time by forgoing systems that are clearly flawed, one dimensional, and ultimately lead nowhere. We aren’t talking about a team with multiple allstars that are underachieving based on their talent level. We are talking about a team that was proud of their main scoring option
finally making an allstar reserve appearance after taking 17-18 fga per game while people cry about how necessary he is to the team’s future success. Give me a break.
WRONG...we literally have seen it.
The DJ/Fournier/Gordon/Isaac/Bamba lineup had an ORtg of
92.3 and a DRtg of 140.7 for a whopping -48.4
NETRtg. Clifford tried it in 4 different games and only kept it on floor for 13 minutes for obvious reasons: it was AWFUL.
When Vucevic was on the court, the Magic had a 109.7 Offensive Rating. When he was off the court, the Magic free fell to a 100.3 Offensive Rating. LMAO that's a 9.4 differential.
That's before even mixing in that Ross will more than likely walk if Vucevic leaves. Its mind boggling how distorted your anti-vucevic filter stops you from seeing the obvious.
Slow and steady growth in a winning context DOES NOT mean we won't be attracting free agents. A competitive context is literally the second most important factor (behind $) for the vast majority of free agents.
Slow and steady growth in a winning context DOES NOT mean we won't be utilizing the draft. The Magic have ALL their draft picks AND this FO has a proven track record of finding good players everywhere in the draft.
Slow and steady growth in a winning context DOES NOT mean we will be watching a decade of Vucevic inspired offense. It means that the offensive load will be sustained by Vucevic until the core develops their offensive skills enough to carry it. Not to mention, his contract is likely 4 years.
FYI this approach you laugh at is the philosophy of the best and smartest franchises that aren't major market /destination cities.
Teams that turn it around quickly do it because they draft an instant game changer, trade for an instant game changer or add an instant game changer in FA. None of those are likely for the Magic's current draft context or cap context or roster context or market context. It doesn't matter how much anyone cries about it, its not changing the reality of it.