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Post#121 » by suns12345 » Fri Dec 4, 2020 7:36 am

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Definitely seems like a cool guy. Should be really easy to root for him. Not sure what kind of impact he'll have in his first year, but you know he's going to try really hard. I like that he said he's ready for coach to cuss him out. Seems like he thrives with that tough love style of teaching (should bode well with Chris Paul as his PG). I hope he rubs off on Ayton with his maturity and that the two form some good competition in practice.


Is that girl replacing lindsey smith?
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Post#122 » by jcsunsfan » Sat Dec 5, 2020 5:19 am

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Post#123 » by Fo-Real » Sat Dec 5, 2020 4:31 pm

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matt131 wrote:
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Definitely seems like a cool guy. Should be really easy to root for him. Not sure what kind of impact he'll have in his first year, but you know he's going to try really hard. I like that he said he's ready for coach to cuss him out. Seems like he thrives with that tough love style of teaching (should bode well with Chris Paul as his PG). I hope he rubs off on Ayton with his maturity and that the two form some good competition in practice.


Is that girl replacing lindsey smith?


I'd be ok with it.
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Post#124 » by thamadkant » Sat Dec 5, 2020 5:57 pm

matt131 wrote:
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Definitely seems like a cool guy. Should be really easy to root for him. Not sure what kind of impact he'll have in his first year, but you know he's going to try really hard. I like that he said he's ready for coach to cuss him out. Seems like he thrives with that tough love style of teaching (should bode well with Chris Paul as his PG). I hope he rubs off on Ayton with his maturity and that the two form some good competition in practice.




Jalen Smith was raised in a military type discipline house hold because of his dad.

Ayton was raised by a poor family living in a shack.

You have to realize why they have different characters.

Secondly... Ayton has been praised for his work ethic during practices ever since college... And looking at Ayton's physique you can easily tell he doesn't need much motivation to work hard.


Both will compliment each other and is a good front court moving forward.
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Post#125 » by bigfoot » Sat Dec 5, 2020 6:12 pm

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matt131 wrote:
Ghost of Kleine wrote:


Definitely seems like a cool guy. Should be really easy to root for him. Not sure what kind of impact he'll have in his first year, but you know he's going to try really hard. I like that he said he's ready for coach to cuss him out. Seems like he thrives with that tough love style of teaching (should bode well with Chris Paul as his PG). I hope he rubs off on Ayton with his maturity and that the two form some good competition in practice.




Jalen Smith was raised in a military type discipline house hold because of his dad.

Ayton was raised by a poor family living in a shack.

You have to realize why they have different characters.

Secondly... Ayton has been praised for his work ethic during practices ever since college... And looking at Ayton's physique you can easily tell he doesn't need much motivation to work hard.


Both will compliment each other and is a good front court moving forward.


Gotta train the body AND mind. Not sure Ayton has spent much time on the latter.
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Post#126 » by GoodBehavior » Mon Dec 14, 2020 3:53 pm

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GoodBehavior wrote:Looks like a better version of Thon Maker. A backup center who can shoot from downtown. I don't think he has the fluidity to guard the 4 at the next level. I don't see the Ayton/Smith combo working, even Jones said it's for "stints," implying that Smith will probably be a backup center rather than the starting pf next to Ayton.

Because of his size, he's probably a couple of years away from contributing meaningful minutes. He's skinny and center of gravity isn't ideal. Need to get much, much stronger.

I don't hate the pick. More meh. He brings energy, which this team needs after Oubre left. He brings weakside protection. His shooting should translate, and probably the chief reason why he was drafted.


You don't think Ayton could guard the 4s either in a pairing of the two?


I have to revised my initial thinking after seeing him play against NBA talents. He's much smaller than I thought, in fact I don't think he's that much bigger than Cam. His frame makes me think he's probably going to be strictly a stretch 4, with very limited minutes at the 5. I guess they called him Stix for a reason.

On the positives, kid can shot. And that drive to his left was pretty impressive. He didn't look bad playing defense in the perimeter either. Much better than advertised pre-draft. Overall defensively, he wasn't great but he'll probably get there. The one negative is his defensive instinct and reads are pretty raw. His defense might limit his contribution this year and people are going to call him a bust right off the bat. Which is probably expected but unfair.

I am actually more positive on the pick than before. His future as a super-role player on this team is pretty bright. A stretch 4 who runs around screens (dragging other teams best defender [Giannis, Porzingis, etc]) and provide weakside protection is the best front court compliment to DA. It's also a huge rarity in the game. He's much, much more than your typical stretch 4. Most stretch 4 don't provide weakside protection, or any defense for that matter. Not to mention that Jalen can drive if defender tries to run him off the line (Bridges for example hasn't shown this), rebound, etc.
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Re: Welcome Jalen Smith! 

Post#127 » by bwgood77 » Mon Dec 14, 2020 6:39 pm

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bwgood77 wrote:
GoodBehavior wrote:Looks like a better version of Thon Maker. A backup center who can shoot from downtown. I don't think he has the fluidity to guard the 4 at the next level. I don't see the Ayton/Smith combo working, even Jones said it's for "stints," implying that Smith will probably be a backup center rather than the starting pf next to Ayton.

Because of his size, he's probably a couple of years away from contributing meaningful minutes. He's skinny and center of gravity isn't ideal. Need to get much, much stronger.

I don't hate the pick. More meh. He brings energy, which this team needs after Oubre left. He brings weakside protection. His shooting should translate, and probably the chief reason why he was drafted.


You don't think Ayton could guard the 4s either in a pairing of the two?


I have to revised my initial thinking after seeing him play against NBA talents. He's much smaller than I thought, in fact I don't think he's that much bigger than Cam. His frame makes me think he's probably going to be strictly a stretch 4, with very limited minutes at the 5. I guess they called him Stix for a reason.

On the positives, kid can shot. And that drive to his left was pretty impressive. He didn't look bad playing defense in the perimeter either. Much better than advertised pre-draft. Overall defensively, he wasn't great but he'll probably get there. The one negative is his defensive instinct and reads are pretty raw. His defense might limit his contribution this year and people are going to call him a bust right off the bat. Which is probably expected but unfair.

I am actually more positive on the pick than before. His future as a super-role player on this team is pretty bright. A stretch 4 who runs around screens (dragging other teams best defender [Giannis, Porzingis, etc]) and provide weakside protection is the best front court compliment to DA. It's also a huge rarity in the game. He's much, much more than your typical stretch 4. Most stretch 4 don't provide weakside protection, or any defense for that matter. Not to mention that Jalen can drive if defender tries to run him off the line (Bridges for example hasn't shown this), rebound, etc.


The good thing is that he likely will not play a ton with our depth and will be around some solid vets with tough competition and real competitors like Paul and Crowder.

And playing with a PG leader like Paul as opposed to Shaq Harrison and whoever else we had with Jackson, Bender and Chriss will help. Even Bledsoe wasn't much of a leader.
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Post#128 » by Saberestar » Sun Jan 3, 2021 11:35 pm

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It seems that he is not coming back soon, so he probably will be out for at least ten games of the season.

With his ankle injury, Saric back and the late signing of Kaminsky we probably won't see a lot of Jalen Smith this year.
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Post#129 » by Bogyo » Mon Jan 4, 2021 10:22 am

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It seems that he is not coming back soon, so he probably will be out for at least ten games of the season.

With his ankle injury, Saric back and the late signing of Kaminsky we probably won't see a lot of Jalen Smith this year.


I hope he is getting in a good shape, lifting, etc... also learning our sets, picking the vets brain in practice.
I think we'll see him when we have an injury to Saric, Kaminsky, Crowder or Cam or Deandre. That is 5 guys - I don't think they will all go through a season without time out. I hope it won't be anything major though, and not one of our more important guys.
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Post#130 » by Frank Lee » Tue Jan 5, 2021 3:06 pm

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.......and the late signing of Kaminsky we probably won't see a lot of Jalen Smith this year.


Jeez Sabe.... if this kid can’t beat out Shank for minutes, then I’ll be WTFing this pick.
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Post#131 » by carey » Tue Jan 5, 2021 3:16 pm

I think he's 100% better than Frank the Tank. He must still be injured. That's the only time Monty is unusually silent on a player.
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Post#132 » by Adrao » Tue Jan 5, 2021 3:17 pm

I hope he can play 10 minutes per game and all the "garbage time". Season is long and he'll have his chances.
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Post#133 » by bwgood77 » Tue Jan 5, 2021 9:43 pm

I think injuries are just hard to know. It's not like you know exactly when it will feel better, particularly with the type of play you need to be ready for in professional basketball. I just think Monty doesn't want to create impressions where he really doesn't know.
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Post#134 » by Saberestar » Tue Jan 5, 2021 10:24 pm

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.......and the late signing of Kaminsky we probably won't see a lot of Jalen Smith this year.


Jeez Sabe.... if this kid can’t beat out Shank for minutes, then I’ll be WTFing this pick.

Well, I am just saying that we have in Kaminsky another player at PF/C who is surely over Damian Jones in the rotation.

I don't know if he is better than Kaminsky NOW because experience is huge for bigs and he is coming back from an injury, but I expect him to be better than him pretty soon with some reps.
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Post#135 » by GoodBehavior » Tue Jan 5, 2021 11:28 pm

Jalen is in a good position, since he's doesn't have to contribute much and have time to develop. Which he needs.

It does sucks however that point guards taken after him have looked very solid. Not just Halliburton, but Cole Anthony and Tyrese Maxey looks like promising players in their own rights.
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Post#137 » by matt131 » Fri Jan 8, 2021 3:52 am

Dang hope he's okay. Sucks especially right after his ankle injury. Hoepfully he can still develop pretty well this year and hopefully no one else on the team needs to quarantine due to exposure to him
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Post#138 » by cberry78 » Fri Jan 8, 2021 5:01 am

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Dang hope he's okay. Sucks especially right after his ankle injury. Hoepfully he can still develop pretty well this year and hopefully no one else on the team needs to quarantine due to exposure to him

If he does get isolated, or quarantined, I hope he and the team use that time to get him more familiar with what he's going to be facing in the NBA on a nightly basis.
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Post#139 » by Saberestar » Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:37 pm

I follow Jalen Smith on Twitter and he tweets and likes some crazy stuff. Yeah, I know that is not relevant... but it's weird.
I will stop following him.

His latest retweet:

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Post#140 » by phx#7 » Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:39 pm

Saberestar wrote:I follow Jalen Smith on Twitter and he tweets and likes some crazy stuff. Yeah, I know that is not relevant... but it's weird.
I will stop following him.

His latest retweet:

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Are you sure you're following the correct Jalen Smith? Whatever tweet you tried to link shows it's from a suspended account and when I looked at Jalen's account it is pretty much all retweets.

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