pacers33granger wrote:Scoot McGroot wrote:pacers33granger wrote:I guess my point is more that does it really matter if we only have Leaf and Alize as the PFs for a bit? I'd prefer to run them over a journeyman vet who doesn't move the needle and won't be here next year. If they are that bad then we know they aren't worth investing in further and can pivot versus having them in the Joe Young end of bench until they move to China role.
I'm also skeptical that Warren is better at SF even with his defense snd rebounding issues.
I mean, as a defensive focused team, it’s nice to have someone that can defend the 4 on occasion. Ideally, Alize develops into that and that’s be great. But if Alize is in foul trouble during one game of one of those 16 games where Myles or Dom are out? Are we waving the white flag? Is Simon likely to sign off on a plan where we sacrifice chances at the playoffs and another couple home games of revenue?
Clearly, they have a plan. However, they’ve talked down what we as fans have projected of the plan, so maybe the answer is Alize?
I get the sense that Simon is ok with sacrificing some wins, though with the caveat that he still expects at least 2 home playoff games. With Vic out we really should be in evaluation mode and we are at least with Domas/Myles. Plus I think it's an easy sell right now because of the fact that we could really save some money on depth if guys like Alize and Sumner prove worthy of minutes, but they need to get the opportunities to show that.
They will get the opportunity to show that. They get that opportunity in camp like everyone else. For some reason we have this vision that guys have to play in games to prove if they can belong or not. If they do not prove that in camp against other NBA players why do they need to take the floor in order to prove that. We obviously can't see how they are doing in practices and individual workouts, but the staff does. If they can't prove they belong in all of those opportunities then why do they belong on the court when games count? If they can't prove that in those opportunities then maybe they are just 13th-14th type of guys on the roster. Which that is fine for young 2nd rounders. I struggle with this whole fascination of let's just throw these guys out there so we see what we have. Well the team will know what they have in those men before the season ever tips off. Finally, players know who deserves run. There is no quicker way to lose a locker room than throwing guys out there in front of guys that deserve it more.