316Hornets wrote:This is a playoff team. A lot of people haven't accepted that reality.
We have young guys(Devonte, Monk) playing for new contracts. After the Kemba debacle, we have to show we are committed to our guys. Bringing in a guy that elevates everyone around him is a great start.
Devonte was getting frustrated last season having to carry the team while being played to the vest due to our lack of shooters. We now have multiple guys ready to launch from deep. There's going to be some great games coming up, enjoy it.
Ok, here is some reality. Our core for next season that we will be relying no to win us games is...
Gordon Hayward - Devontae Graham - Terry Rozier - PJ Washington
Lets compare that to the cores of the rest of the conference.
Atlanta: Trae Young - Bogdon Bogdonavic - John Collins - Danilo Gallinari - Clint Capela
Boston: Jayson Tatum - Kemba Walker - Jaylen Brown
Brooklyn: Kevin Durant - Kyrie Irving - Caris LeVert - Joe Harris - Jarrett Allen
Miami: Jimmy Butler - Bam Adebayo - Goran Dragic - Tyler Herro
Milwaukee: Giannis Antetokounmpo - Khris Middleton - Jrue Holiday
Philadelphia: Joel Embiid - Ben Simmons - Tobias Harris
Toronto: Pascal Siahkam - Kyle Lowry - Fred VanVleet
All those cores are easily better than ours by a pretty big margin and thats already seven teams. Then you have...
Washington: Bradley Beal - John Wall - Davis Bertans
Indiana: Malcolm Brogdon - Victor Oladipo - TJ Warren - Damantis Sabonis
Very likely better than ours, but injury issues with Wall and Oladipo make things a little more fuzzy. The Indiana core is still better than ours without Oladipo (Brogdon = Hayward / Warren = Graham / Sabonis > Rozier), but if Wall straight up sucks we might have an edge over Washington, even though Beal is quite a bit better than Hayward, because the rest of their team is pretty meh and Graham is probably better than Bertans.
If you think our core is better than any of the teams in the first group then I think you are the one who isn't able to accept reality. Its not out of the question that we could sneak into the playoffs as an 8th seed, or maybe a 7th seed if some of the top teams have injury issues and we don't, but insisting this team is a definite playoff squad, or that they are a real threat to do anything, is a pretty big stretch. Like JG has said multiple times, we had the 4th worst point differential in the league last year and overachieved in terms of wins by a big margin and its pretty obvious our roster is pretty lacking in terms of NBA ready talent.