rambo_ortega wrote:Hal14 wrote:rambo_ortega wrote:For me the biggest point is not the fact that we get a PF who will start or win us a championship, I just feel like this is a position of need for us if you look at our team composition. Having a legit PF, either to start or back up can make a difference in several match ups. For me, Tatum guarding bigger/stronger PF's down low will not be good for his offense.
But if he plays the 4, then he'll be guarded by guys who are for the most part much slower than him, which would help his offense.
After all, Tatum had the best season of his career last yr, playing mostly the 4.
Durant is one of the quicker 4's in the league, yet even he said he had a tough time guarding Tatum:
Sure, but I think having someone guard KD instead of Tatum in the playoffs would've made the difference for us. We lost the series right?
These recent playoffs, each year we lost to teams who played big or has a PF who can play 5
2021 Nets - KD/Green/Blake
2020 Heat - Bam
2019 Bucks -Mirotic/Lopez
2017/2018 Cavs - Love/TT
So for me, that PF is a solution that I can think of upon looking at our roster and our playoff history.
We didn't lose to the Nets because tatum had to guard KD. We lost to the nets because of injuries to 3 of our best players (Brown, Rob, Kemba) and because the nets had like 10x more talent than us.
We actually gave them a pretty tough series, given the circumstances outlined above.
Bam didn't play PF for Miami when we played them. He only played C. He's not that big for a C. He's an averaged sized center at best. And at the 4 they had Crowder and Iguodala, who are both undersized at the 4.. we didn't lose to Miami because of Tatum guarding their PF, we lost to Miami because a) our PnR defense was terrible b) Kemba and Hayward injuries c) didn't have home court advantage as higher seed because games were in the bubble
The only 4's in the league who are so big that it actually causes a mismatch for Tatum to guard them are Giannis and AD (and maybe Durant and Sabonis but I don't think the pacers will keep going with their double big lineup of sabonis/turner for much longer). That's it. Any other 4 and Tatum (and even Brown most of the time) can guard them just fine.
So should we go out and get a 4 and slide Tatum to the 3, just for 3 or 4 teams where it's a mismatch? Knowing that for the other 25 or 26 opponents, Tatum at the 4 works just fine..
IDK, we'll see..