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  1. Most definitely but don't convince yourself that that was not exactly what we did when we went "small" with Cam, Dre, Kev , Trae and JC. Cam was up top on the ball, Trae was in the weakside corner and very rarely did his guy take advantage of the mismatch. What Im suggesting isnt something we dont already do with Trae, Jrue just happens to be miles better as a defender than Kev Heurter. But yes, it would be a secondary lineup. And yes, it will take the ball away from Trae which he will undoubtedly have to learn how to play off the ball at some point as we transition to winning basketball. The best ball handlers in the league all have to learn to do this at some point. Trae is no exception. If we cannot thrive without Trae dominating the ball, we likely will not make that leap to contender.
  2. Next to Trae, he would be the PG on offense and allow Trae to use his gravity to stretch the defense thin OR if they dont come out, it gives Trae more catch and shoot opportunities in which he will thrive, Defensively Jrue could guard most 2's but would likely take the opposing PG and we would stick Trae (like we do now) on the weakside wing shooter. Basically we turn Trae in to Kyle Korver when he is next to Jrue Oh, and no, I dont consider Jrue to be a superstar, he was listed as an option in the poll so I gave my two cents on him. There are much better players that will be available but again, I dont see them landing in Atlanta. I see Jrue in the mold of Chauncey Billups. Someone who wasnt considered special until he landed in the right situation at the right time and became a vital piece for the Pistons. Jrue is a vet and widely respected by his peers even if not by the media. He will make a contender very happy one day just watch and see.
  3. Yuppp. A big guard who plays hard, smart, and fearless. Put in the right situation and he will lead a playoff team to big things
  4. Jrue is probably the most underrated player in the NBA. But outside of his skill on the court, he brings a vet presence that would fit in the locker room. He would become the most talented vet still in his prime that Trae has ever had. He plays the same position as Trae which would help him further grow as a PG. He could lead the 2nd unit but also play next to Trae in the backcourt. I think we are on our way up anyways, so yea we are a 25 win team that is destined for 35 wins next year without any additions. But adding a piece like Jrue puts us in the high 40's as far as wins and a 2nd round appearance in which we realistically could upset any team we faced. The Hawks as built today could upset Philly, Miami, and Indy if we were in a playoff series. A piece like Jrue helps us compete with the likes of Boston and Toronto who play smarter than us. Think of the leap we made when we signed an old Bibby and what that did for a young team. Now take Jrue who is still in his prime, is bigger, more athletic and a better defender. So yeah, I said contender.
  5. Anthony Davis - I dont see it, he wants a contender now, not a team with youth Giannis Antetokounmpo - He is staying put, sorry Joel Embiid - They will keep him over Simmons Ben Simmons - He will be moved and fits here, but I think lands elsewhere Rudy Gobert - He may leave but only for a better situation which we are not at the moment Donovan Mitchell - He may leave but will likely stay, I question the fit next to Trae Bradley Beal - Wont come here, will go be Robin to an older vet superstar Victor Oladipo - Possiblity, he would be a fit here Devin Booker - He lands in Minny if he leaves, he wants to play with KAT and DLo Jrue Holiday - Possibility, he would make us a contender, a Chauncey Billups type piece
  6. Ya know, I legit had an argument with some one last year that tried to convince me Crabbe was going to start for us and used his contract as the reason why. I was blown away by this statement. I even predicted that not only would he not start, but that he wouldnt even finish the year on our roster. A year later, I was 100% right. And I wish I could find the guy
  7. Truth be told, the first player I think that will want out of Atlanta is Deandre Hunter if I had to guess. Id rank their loyalty to us as follows 1. Trae 2. Cam/John 4. Kevin 5. Hunter Cam saw the fan reaction on draft night. He knows he is beloved and wanted here when many other fans werent feeling him at Duke. He wanted to be drafted by us, and we wanted him. I think he will have it in his mind to look elsewhere someday, but will always have a soft spot for us. Plus, he is the most likely to get the keys to this team if Trae does ever leave. JC loves this city and he loves Trae. He also has the best role possible for his play style on this roster that could be jeopardized elsewhere. He will also be the first one paid and therefore not have to worry about us having enough money for him, which may cost us Huerter or Dre one day. Hunter is the one player of of our young core who will probably have to accept a role he does not agree with. I know Deandre sees himself as a 2-way star. But as Cam ascends, Dre will get relegated to the 3-D role more and more. He will likely want to showcase himself on a team that doesnt have a ball dominant guard, another star wing and a big man that is scoring 20 a game in his way. This will also be best for him because he may never develop in to that player on this team as we continue to add talent and potential star FA's Huerter is the most likely player to get benched of our wings as he is the weakest defender and their offense will eventually catch his. This makes me believe he will take an opportunity to start elsewhere if it presents itself. He wont want to leave, but it will ultimately make business sense. Pay attention to what we do in the draft. It could mean the beginning of the end for some of these young pieces.
  8. Trae wants a statue next to Nique.... I can respect that. I also believe he can do it. His dad made some great points. Trae Young is a real one.
  9. I'd like to add that he also has a certain desire and "want-to" on that end that separates him. I think he realized that even though his offense was struggling he had the ability to affect the game defensively and started gaining confidence and momentum early and often. He knows he can lock his guy down or make help-side plays and it shows.
  10. Kid has a flare for the dramatic on the defensive end. His blocks are slightly disrespectful lol
  11. i mean how can anyone not love this kid's passing. I really wish people would stop with the Steph Curry shooting comps and focus more on his GIFTED passing ability. The lazy heads diminish Trae by saying he isnt as good of a shooter as Steph, which he isn't (no one is), but he can do more than Steph on the court,
  12. I agree with this but I just want to add that Collins is a elite finisher even without Trae. Dude makes some good strong moves to score through contact.
  13. Nash never got a ring but lets not act like those Lakers and Spurs dynasties werent the real reason why. The Suns were built just a notch below and the main reason why was because they wanted to play fast/small but had to deal with Shaq and Duncan which forced them to sign and play those traditional big men (Amare wasn't guarding them) to try and slow them down. As similar as we are in that Collins is our Amare to Trae's Steve, now more than ever can teams get away with small ball so long as the shooting and defense is legit. That's really our homework. If we can knock down shots closer to league average and at least get stops when we need to, this is a contender. You saw it when we played and beat some of the elite teams. Those were the nights we usually had a good defensive strategy and our shooters were on.