ImNotMcDiSwear wrote:Man I think TJ could really tear it up next year in the B League. When I look at the Pacers pre-ASB lineup of Brogdon-Lamb-Warren-Turner-Sabonis, I see two teams. The one that plays in the east is a playoff contender before Oladipo gets on board. Warren is likely their leading scorer before Dipo returns, with Lamb heading to the bench when he does. I'll be glad when TJ gets the due I think is likely coming next season. He's a great player who deserves success.
In the west? Psssh man that lineup ain't likely to cut it. People think Rubio-Booker-Oubre-Saric-Ayton will win 30 games next season. It's the A League out here. No Wizards, Hawks, Hornets, Knicks or Cavs to pick on. Just Russell and James and LeBron and Anthony and Steph and Klay and DeRozan and Aldridge and Jokic and Murray and Kawhi and Paul and Jrue and Zion and Luka and Kristaps and Damian and CJ and De'Aaron and Buddy and Gobert and Donovan and Chris and Steven and Karl-Anthony and his bad self. But hey, at least we'll have Memphis to push around.
The drastic and persistent disparity between the conferences is an embarrassment to the NBA. The trend of population shifting from northeast to southwest has put several teams in the EC at a financial disadvantage, and several teams in its best markets (DC, NYC, CHI) have been mismanaged (and in NYC's case, tragically so). Thank goodness Durant went to BKN so at least one major market can watch quality basketball... in 2020-2021!
I was thinking there is a good chance he is the leading scorer prior to Dipo's return too. People talk about him not being a 2nd option on a good team. I think of options as scoring options, and I think in that capacity, he could be a top option, particularly if he maintains his 3pt% (or close to it) and gets his 2pt% back up to norms (probable). Could be over 60% TS%.
They will be right in the mix after Sixers/Bucks, especially once Dipo returns (if he is healthy). Dipo's health and effectiveness will be key once they get back.
I think in the west they would be like a Portland level team....very consistently good, but if all the top teams are on their game, they would be lower tier playoff team, or fighting for spot. That being said, I always underestimate Portland and they end up like the 3 seed.
Sabonis is extremely efficient. Turner only improving. Lamb improving. Brogdon very solid. They ALMOST knocked off the Cavs with LeBron two years ago, and last year were on fire before Dipo went down. Like I said, his health is key. But I think Brogdon is a big upgrade from Collison/Joseph, and Lamb is a very nice addition. TJ is not quite what Bojan was, but better at the same age, so should progress under Nate, who is a VERY good coach. They should be pretty tough. Of course more tough teams in the east now with Miami and Brooklyn, though the Nets won't be at the top until KD gets back (but Kyrie and a healthy LeVert will help), and Miami with Butler (though Josh Richardson is pretty underrated and a big loss, so it will be interesting to see how much better they are with Butler).