Phiology wrote:It's a great situation to be in, but if there is a negative, if one of the 'more subpar' players go down, the question remains if the team can fill out the scoring.
if any team would lose george or leonoard, it would be a big blow winning wise bc of their offense and defence, but lou would be a high scorer on many treadmill teams if being played amongst unfitting players and many posters already want more minutes for zubac in comparison to harrell.
Especially losing Lou would take much punch out of their second unit imo. Harrell I think could be contained by many bigs come playoff time and he mostly gets garbage/hustle points anyway. But Lou really can make a bad scoring second unit compete with other squads.
Who would fill it up? Zubac for Harrell -> Zou is not a scorer, but he might get his 10-15 based on putbacks etc alone
For Lous points its much harder. Shamet might play better in the future after a rough start, but he mainly is a three point shooter and cannot really generate on his own.
If all players remain healthy, its gonna be really hard to beat the clips, but if one of the top three go down, there might be problems.
As you mentioned, it's tough for anyone to lose top players. PS.. Harrell went up against GS last year in the playoffs with Draymond guarding him a lot and put up 20 ppg on STUPID efficiency. He got exposed defensively (most did vs GS dynasty), but playoff physicality is actually playing to Trez's bully ball style of play. Lou is a lot more likely than Trez to get locked up in the playoffs.
Considering Harrell: He owned Green, who imo is overrated and at his best as a team defender/guy who can defend the perimiter, but neither a great rebounder nor a center. If you look at current teams who will realistically play for the title:
- Bucks: Lopez brothers, both true centers and disruptive on the defensive end
- Raptors: Marc Gasol, great defender, true C
- 76ers: Embiid and Horford: big and both good-great defenders
- Lakers: Davis (if healthy :p) + McGee/Howard -> both true Centers with great length and good rebounding efficency
- Denver: Fat Jokic (might have a chance at least offensively)
- Rockets: Capella, well, matchup might be okay for Harrell tbh
- Jazz (if you want to count them): Gobert
- Mavs: Okay, they dont have anyone
I truly think by now that Lou cannot truly be locked up, he often just takes insanely difficult shots and can make or miss those. Really fascinating how he came along in the fall of his career as I think he only got better.