Da ThRONe wrote: agiaco wrote:
Kobblehead wrote:I don't think it's a stretch to say that this team would be the #1 seed if we just decided to start Burke instead of Horford. Our lineup would be way more dynamic.
The number one seed...lol. C'mon bro. Total stretch. Burke is a nice scoring punch off the bench and I wish he was utilized properly, but he's not a starter on a top team.
It hard to place value on a seed. However Burke has been really good in his limited role and mins.
Look at the Bucks, besides Giannis who else on that team is great? In a vacuum you had to choose players off the two roster 5 of the top 7 would be sixers. Depending on each person's ranking you could make the argument that after Antetokounmpo the next 4 players would be Sixers. So why then are the 6ers in the 6th spot and the Bucks running away with the league? Clearly coaching and fit. Burke theoretically fixes the problem with the 6ers if he's starts and receives starter mins.
So while Burke may not be the a franchise player(or maybe he is never know until he's given a chance) saying the balance his skillset brings puts 6ers a title contention isn't crazy.
Well for starters Budenholzer definitely runs circles around Brett Brown. I watch both teams the same amount and despite the Christmas day trouncing, I'd favor the Bucks in a series of 7 right now. Superior depth. They can easily go 10 deep while Philly struggles to roll out a few consistent bench guys. Systematically Lopez is better than Horford although I'd favor Al a little overall. Tobias and Middleton are equal. Bled or Midds better than JRich.
Look at the stats when Giannis is off the court. The Bucks are still a top 3 team. The Sixers are already in the title contention with their starting 5 alone. I was lobbying for Burke minutes 5 games into the season, but I think they need more than him taking a starting role to push them over the hump.
Get one more impact guy like Covington, Gallo, Bogdon, Rose etc. then we're talking. Ideally they get someone like Gallinari and start him alongside Embiid and let Al play without Joel. The 4/5 fit is more of an issue than Trey Burke not getting 25 minutes per game.