EvanZ wrote: pad300 wrote:
Remind me who won that series...
Yes, the 2 seed beat the 7 seed.
In 7 games.
SAS's biggest problems in that series was poor guard play, particularly off the bench. The other major issue was that their regular season 4's - Bertans and Gay - were too weak against Millsap, forcing the Poetl - Aldridge lineups.
EvanZ, both you and Clyde21 have of course ignored the caveats in my statements "can play enought on the perimeter (ie have enough mobility and a jumpshot)". So lets take a peek at what Kab put up in the combine; 11.21 agility, 3.30 shuttle, 3.38 sprint. Well, Dedric Lawson, who is a pure PF put up 11.8, 3.54, 3.6. Jaylen Hoard 11.44, 3.32, 3.33. Shittu 11.85, 3.27, 3.33. Kab obviously isn't going to be a super-bouncy PF, but his agility and shuttle hold up pretty well for a PF. a 7'4" wingspan and an obvious strength/weight advantage = he might be able to handle the perimeter defensive load for a PF. Add the fact he might just have a jumper (tankathon projects a .346 3FG%), and well...
Dedric Lawson is maybe the least athletic player in the entire Draft. Not a great point of comparison. None of the guys you mentioned are really athletic enough to be 4's. I really am mystified why you'd want to make Kab a 4 instead of a 5. Like ever. Who is the 5 you imagine him playing next to?
Aldridge or Poetl would be the 5's... I'm not going to tell you I'm certain it works, but kab (IMO) is significantly more mobile than either of them. The players SAS currently uses at that 4 spot when not big (Aldridge - Poetl) :
1) Rudy Gay, who started as a SF, but has slowed down a bunch with age and injury. 6'8" tall, 7'3" wingspan
2) Davis Bertans, young and still mobile, 6'10" but alligator arms 6'10" wingspan, and gets overpowered by stronger 4's.
Obviously Kab has a huge strength advantage. He's got a size advantage over Bertans, and I'm not convinced he's giving up a lot of mobility to Rudy (Rudy has suffered significantly from his ruptured achilles in 2017).
PS Some old combine results here, http://www.draftexpress.com/article/NBA-Pre-Draft-Camp-Athletic-Testing-Combine-Results-1352/
Aldridge 12.02 agility 3.43 sprint
Rudy Gay 11.03 agility 3.32 sprint
Neither Poetl nor Bertans did the draft combine athletic tests.