Hair Canada wrote:So where do we stand 2 months before the qualifiers? Unfortunately, we lost our best player.
But there are many reasons to remain positive: Over the last month or two, a record number of Canadians (most of them, in fact) have been playing arguably the best basketball of their careers. Just take a look at the numbers:
* SGA since the beginning of February, before being forced to shut down: 26 points per game, shooting over 45% from 3.
* Dort in April (6 games): 26 points and 6 rebounds per game while shooting 46% from behind the arc.
* Brooks in April (14 games): 18 points per game with 47%/45%/81% shooting splits.
* NAW on his last 9 games before his injury: 18 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists per game, shooting 42% from 3.
* Boucher on his last 8 games before the injury: 18 points and 10 rebounds a game with 57%/40%/87% shooting splits.
* Barrett since the beginning of March: 19 points per game with 46%/42%/77% shooting splits.
* Olynyk since moving to Houston (18 games): Career highs of 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists, with career high shooting numbers: 58%/40%/88%.
* CoJo since moving to Detroit (16 games): Career highs 12 points and 5.5 assists, on career high shooting numbers from all ranges: 51%/39%/87%.
* Brissett since he’s been starting for the Pacers (last 5): 16 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal per game, shooting 48%/45%/74%.
* Birch since moving to Toronto: Career highs of 10 points and 8 rebounds a game, shooting 60% from the field.
* Wiggins and Mulder are starting for the Warriors. Wiggins looked great in March but cooled down in April. Mulder playing solid basketball.
Add to this Pangos, who’s also playing his best career basketball lately in the Euroleague (and a couple of other European guys who peaked this season), and things are looking quite sunny if we can get most of these guys to suit up.
The underlying message here is the unprecedented depth we have.
There are a ton of questions surround almost everyone in the NBA that could play. I would argue only Dort and Brooks will be there for sure. RJ is close, but the Knicks look good. Maybe they have a playoff run in them.
Mulder started last night and had 28 points. Him, along with Brissett and Pangos play as of late have me confident that we will field the best team we have ever had. There are so many good players to choose from and to your point, so many that are playing at the top of their game. Just WHO exactly is on it is completely up in the air.