51X3RF4N wrote:These last few weeks are why I love this thread idea.
At the moment, Brett is finally giving Shake a chance and he is showing the confidence and in my mind the skill to be an every day NBA player. He may not be the world's best defender, but he gets buckets in any setting, which is something this team sorely lacks.
And it's not as though he is an inefficient chucker, and that's a big deal. If he was scoring 39 on 32 shots, I'd be more concerned about Joel and Ben not getting enough touches because Shake is a gunner. But that's not the scenario here.
The more I see Korkmaz and Thybulle, the more I want them both coming off the bench together.
Shake is on a contract for 3 more seasons after this one, and he's still young enough to continue to develop some defensive capabilities too.
If I'm looking at a playoff rotation today, I'm including Shake in the starting 5 with JRich, Ben, Joel and Tobi. The biggest issue will be consistency from Shake. As long as he doesn't fall into an offensive black hole, then he will bring that scoring mentality to the offense, which is honestly a game changer.
Bench of Al and Thybulle for sure. Korkmaz, GR3, and Burks are the dudes battling for 2 spots.
Everyone has had their chance. Thybulle and Korkmaz can't shoot on the road and right now are more specialists than anything. Grob has been a dud which is disappointing because with his toolset he could have fit in nicely at the 3. So far he hasn't hit a 3 and he's a average or below average defender and that doesn't work with Tobi.
Shake gives you another playmaker who can shoot which is what we been missing all along. He is not great at anything yet but he isn't bad at anything either. I would take Jrich off the ball as the point guard and let him focus on scoring and defense. Shake is a P&R scorer that can also shoot the 3 , he tries on defense and versatile enough to play on or off the ball.
I think he has won that 5th spot for the rest of the season