drsd wrote:pepe: we both seem to agree that this is a poorly constructed roster that has no hope of winning 30 games.
I see some light in that (five of the young-guns should develop NBA competence, and Orlando, FL has intrinsic attractions for free agency - including available cap space (with the likes of higher pay given lower taxes, warmer weather and excellent facilities and infrastructure.
My question to you: where lies your hope and positivity? That is, where are the areas you are excited about and paths you see to future success? That it less clear to me.
I really liked fact we drafted Suggs. Maybe i overvalued him...I really thought he will be better than this ( albet only 11 games sample).
There were some areas where Gonzaga didn't use him ( more of traditional offense , more pick&roll) and i thought it's just because Kispert and Timma are guys who are better college players
so they defer offense to them.
But it doesn't seem to be the case, i had no clue his ballhandling is this bad. (even reports were mentioning issues with handles, but it was always more like side note question mark than actual red flag ).
I like F. Wagner. He is waay better than anybody sold him. His shooting will go up and down but he is good. Defense is very good. Passing is underrated. I really like him!
I think Wendell has been Magic best all around player. I hope somebody can convice him to view himself as Center.
IF he can shoot for season 34-36% for 3 on 200-ish sample i will be thrilled.
I actually like improvment in shooting from Cole. I just think we rely too heavily on him and he isn't projected nba starter imo.
Before season started i had high hopes about RJ Hampton. But he struggles. He should be playing along side playmaker, not being forced into PG role he has no business playing. We involve him into 2 possession a game as picK&roll handler and guy shoots 26,7% from those situations. If we focus on him being cutter and wide open shot-taker, he'll be fine.
Prediction day after Vuc, Gordon, Evan departure - most fans who are celebrating birth of new rebuild will be crying how rebuild is painful before 2022-23 season ends.
Date of writeup: March 26th, 2021.