Bensational wrote: The Effect wrote:
PrimeThyme wrote:I'd have no issue with that kind of contract for Isaac if it wasn't for the injury history. He was showing this year that he will at some point be a DPOY candidate and a perennial all-defensive type player. I just don't think he or Fultz has shown enough health-wise to get those kinds of contracts yet.
Evne healthy i dont know if isaac is worth a max deal with how limited he is on offense. He has no offensive game to speak of outside of cutting to the basket or offensive rebounds\putbacks. I mean for his career he has the same amount of games with single digit points as double digit, thats not good obviously, but its more than just that. he doesnt seem comfortable on offense doing anything besides cutting, or taking the open 3. Like when gordon was drafted, we all knew he was a huge offensive question mark, but hes a susperstar on offense compared to JI. I get hes been hurt (another big problem), but you just dont see much development on offense
Sure great defenders are nice to have, but in a league thats more and more geared towards offense, you need guys who can put the ball in the basket
One of his problems is that there are too many mouths to feed ahead of him for him to get the chance to try stuff in games. Vuc, Gordon, Fournier, Fultz, Ross, DJ - these guys are all ahead or him. Yeah, he needs to earn his shots by being excellent in the touches he is given, but I'm not going to pretend many of those guys are known for putting up brilliant shots all the time.
Ideally, he'll shine through the other players the way Siakam eventually did amongst the other Raps players. But Nurse is a fantastic offensive coach who gets the best out of his guys, and Clifford is far from that. A larger contract might give Isaac the confidence and backing to command more chances on offense.
He has been too timid on offense for me to think he will become a stud offensive option. But I won't rule it out, either. It just takes the right conditions sometimes.
None of the mouths ahead of him have proven themselves worthy of the roles they have been given and none should be obstructing the development of our youth. Our "good" offensive players aren't really good offensive players. That's why our offense sucks and that's why our offense has sucked for the better part of the last decade.
Isaac clearly has offensive upside, but he also has a long way to go. We have seen that he has nice touch on layups with both hands. He can lay it up softly even while running full speed in transition. He can spin going to the basket into a layup or away from the basket into a fadeaway. That fadeaway will be damn-near impossible to block. He has a decent eurostep, though that's the play he got hurt on. You have to have strong legs to complete that move and I will cringe every time he attempts it for quite some time. He has scoop shots and up-and-under, reverse layups that he uses when he goes baseline. He uses a jab step and step backs. He has a bit of a floater game as well. There is a lot there to build from.
He is a solid ball handler, though his dribble is high and it gets loose from time to time. He is also quick to pick it up when he gets into traffic. That's fine. You can be a two-dribble guy and still be a creator, but his facilitation has a long way to go. He rushes things in traffic and he is still pretty easy to move or disrupt due to his lack of strength, though he has obviously made progress in that regard. He will use a shot fake on the perimeter and then rip through to head to the basket, but he quickly runs out of ideas if a second-level defender is in the way. He just looks really inexperienced offensively.
One of my concerns with him is that he has been rather selfish as a finisher. I'm fairly certain that this is because nothing is drawn up for him and his offensive opportunities are limited. He gets the occasional feed in the corner, but otherwise his offense comes from broken plays or transition opportunities that he generally creates at the defensive end, so he calls his own number whenever the opportunity presents itself. This isn't a good habit, but it is what he is being taught to do in his role. The play in which he got injured was just such a play. The right play was the pass to Iwundu.
There is potentially so much value in developing his offensive game. There is tremendous value in having a legitimate max player on your team. Their salary is artificially suppressed. There have already been rumblings that Isaac will get the max on his next contract based just on what he brings at the defensive end. He certainly has the potential to be one of the most valuable defensive players in the entire league. Garnett was never a great offensive player. He wasn't a great finisher, he didn't have a great FTr, and he was a non-factor from three-point range, but Minnesota committed to his development early on and he learned to make the right decisions. He could punish a bad matchup and he could make the right pass. That's all you need to become a contributor at the offensive end.
I just have little confidence that this is going to happen with Isaac. He has played a lot when he has been healthy, but he spends almost all of the that time camping in a corner when we are running our offense. You don't learn to make decisions when you don't have the ball in your hands. I'm really skeptical that Clifford is the guy to help develop Isaac's offensive game. I just don't think Clifford gives a great deal of thought beyond the next game on the schedule, and that approach isn't all that conducive to the development of young talent.
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