TheBigBoss wrote:Clyde_Style wrote:ny-n-md wrote:You actually typed this.
Come on y’all, we’re better than this. Temper expectations or at least use green font. This is why we get clowned.
Even if we believe this, it’s better to keep it to yourself until it happens.
He wasn't walking down Broadway with a sandwich board declaring imminent playoff seeds. They were posting on a forum for hoops maniacs so not sure why you need to temper them.
we're probably the deepest team in the East. We upgraded every position to the point we can field two full units and wear out other teams
we already have several players who would start on the other clubs in our conference
Randle looks like a star ready to break out and he looks fit as fuq
DSJr's shot does look fixed so our backcourt is starting to look very competitive. Payton/DSJr? That's a starting backcourt that can compete with any team in our conference and that doesn't even begin to consider our depth there with RJ taking some big guard duties
By my count we have almost a full roster with significant upside that can manifest this season once you subtract proven players like Taj, Morris and Ellington. Every other player on the roster ranges from having some upside to breakout potential
Long story short, with this kind of depth and upside, at least 7-8, i.e. half of the 15 players on the rosters, are poised to have their best seasons yet in the NBA
What's so great about the Eastern Conference that they can't compete for a playoff berth?
All it takes is rational analysis of the players we actually have now instead of falling back on defeated attitudes from being a beaten up Knicks fan and it is easy to say they should be able to play .500 ball with halfway decent coaching.
So IDGAF about tempering expectations. Different strokes for different fans is what I say. Let people get excited if they want to
Could RJ and DSJ develop into a Clyde/Earl type of backcourt if they reach their potential?
Hmmm, well perhaps RJ could bring some of the Clyde, but Earl was a very different player from Dennis.
Could they become as good a duo? That's a reach because Clyde was one of the greatest PGs of all time, but I think they could become a championship caliber backcourt.
RJ may be fairly cerebral which is why some thought the T-Mac comp may hold up due to way they play (T-Mac was more physically gifted though).
But Dennis is mostly instinctive from what I can see. Earl was more cerebral than he is given credit for. He was Clyde's enemy and when they joined up he conceded the playmaking duties to Frazier, but Earl could run an offense too. Mostly he was a SG.
I wouldn't comp these guys to Clyde and Earl particularly, though I do see a bit of Clyde potential in RJ because he seems fairly aware of where his teammates are on the floor and at his size he can pass over and around to hit them. Clyde was a fairly big guard for his era and he did the same.