pcbothwel wrote:Agreed Nate. Im pretty sure everyone is on the same page/timeline. How does Batman Beal gel with Robin Wall and slew of young and talented players, including additions via top 10 pick and the Full MLE?
1) Great. Wall is healthy and mature while Beal picks up right where he left off. The young players, as a whole, are contributing, improving, and playing defense and we look like a top 4-6 seed and right in the mix....
Do I understand correctly that you consider this some kind of possibility (i.e. not a fantasy) for the 2020-21 season?
Uhhh... yeah. I dont think saying "there is a chance that the Wiz go 46-36
" is somehow unattainable... At all.
What % chance did you give the F'n Heat to be in the finals?
Or the Raptors to finish with a better record than the Clippers in both the regular season and playoffs?
How about OKC winning as many games as the Jazz and Rockets and more games than last year?
Do you consider it a 0-1% chance that the Wiz get to the 6th seed next year? Seriously... Go look at the 8 playoff teams in the East and tell me what you see. I see the Heat with a bright 2-3 year window, the Celtics with an almost as bright 4-5 year window...and everyone else guessing.
The Bucks, Pacers, and 76ers have serious questions about their stars, fit, contracts, and coaching.
The Raptors are set in the FO/Coaching, but they appear all in on 2021 FA and could see a pull back as they lose Ibaka, Gasol, and Van Fleet while Lowry turns 35 1/3rd of the way through next season.
The Nets have two superstars, but KD is coming off an Achilles tear and Kyrie has any number of issues that could pop up
The Magic simply arent that good and have now lost Isaac for the year
Just take the Pacers. They were the 4th seed this year and won the equivalent of 50 games.
Beal > Sabonis
Wall >= Brogdon***
Bryant >= Turner
Bertans >= Warren
MLE >= McDermott
I would also argue that Brown, Ish, Rui, Bonga, Wagner, #9 > Holiday, McConnell, Goga Lamb
Again, this is comparing what the Pacers did this last year vs Projected Wiz team next year.
*** Wall vs Brogdon is obviously tough. Wall had numerous years better than Brogdan had last year. I believe Wall can do that, but we can call it a wash.
Do you see the comparison above as pure "Fantasy"?