RedDawg#8

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  1. I know that they let the captains draft teams regardless of conference, but imagine if the old way was still around and these vote rankings held up through the entire process. The East vs West player to player matchups and storylines would be so good: Lebron vs Giannis (The best player in the world title battle) Kawhi vs Siakam (Former teammates, the master vs the emerging student) AD vs Embiid (the best Big man in the league battle) Harden vs Kyrie (Superstar, All Star vet battle) Luka vs Trae (This matchup needs no introduction) Luka versus Trae would be such a good matchup. Luka would post Trae to death and Trae would dance with Luka all over the court.
  2. I can’t wait for Trae, John Kev and Jabari to all be in the lineup healthy and firing at the same time. Im sure it’s only happened 3 or 4 times all year. I want those names to get momentum and chemistry because we can light anyone up when they’re feeling it and on
  3. John has already served 20% of his suspension. He will be back before Xmas. No need for a stopgap, the gap is already closing itself. Let the guys on the team get some burn because once John is back, he and Jabari are going to EAT
  4. Yal are making too much out of the g league and the optics of it all. Its not that deep or serious. The kid is struggling on offense. If he is who we want him to be, going to the g league should do nothing but help him find a better rhythm and showcase himself. He is a great defender, sure, but it isn’t translating into wins like it appeared it would after our first 3 games. If we can’t hack it on D without Cam, then we deserve just as much criticism as him if he can’t hack it down in the G League. If his defense is legit then he should be able to light up those g leaguers off of turnovers and fast break opportunities
  5. I love how were are competing on that end of the floor, Its a lot of effort and energy in addition to the added length and skill
  6. Trae has too much sauce to be compared to Nash. Trae is like this generations Isiah Thomas (the 80’s IT). Besides having similar stature, passing and scoring ability, they both have gamesmanship, competitiveness and a clutch gene about them. And to top it off, they both get widely disrespected by the larger community. Isiah always gets forgotten about when talking about all time greats due to his reputation, and Trae typically gets over shadowed by the poster boy in Dallas. Plus, Isiah means more to the culture and pop culture of his time similar to Trae now. Like, Trae has more street cred in his bum ankle than Nash and Curry combined. Isiah is slightly more explosive as an athlete where Trae is more explosive as a shooter are the only differences between them in my eyes
  7. I wonder how the appeals process is going to play out. Im rooting for him to get back. Also, Parker has been our best player besides Trae and John so far, I'm looking forward to him getting extra burn 25 games is similar to how long he was out last year, worst case we have John back for the new year and Final 52 games of the season. Trae was a much more devasting loss as he makes everyone go. John is a big loss, but I think we can still win close to .500 with out him as long as Trae is playing.
  8. The defensive improvement is a huge factor for us. It’s almost night and day to last year. It has allowed us to fight through offensive slumps. Next, us being able to keep turnovers down is huge. We got more sloppy against the Magic but it was an ugly scrappy game overall. If we protect the ball and defend, we have what it takes to win. That and heart. This team has that 07-08 Hawks kind of heart. They are hungry
  9. He wants it. Making it wasn’t the goal. Being great is. The more they doubt him the harder he works to prove them wrong. And it’s not baseless ego, it’s him being fearless in pursuit of greatness. Accepting hardship as the pathway, not looking for any short cut. Cant say enough about the kid .
  10. Why didn’t we do a scrimmage this year? Maybe the open practice is going to take its place but usually we have a scrimmage before the preseason
  11. This is so confusing. How about we are the best most perfect version of ourselves. Ive yet to see a team draft so much talent (potential) that fit so perfectly together on paper. And have the right mix of vets to go along with them. There isn’t a comparison to what we have right now.
  12. So how are they going to call the guys who land in the .5 range? Will Cam and Hunter be listed as 6’7 or 6’8? will John get away with 6’9 since he is. 6’8.5? Questions that need answers lol
  13. Because the league has changed. With the 3 point shot being so valuable these days you need guys who can both shoot and defend the three. Traditional big men are becoming extinct. Teams would rather elite playmakers surrounded by decent-height players who have length and can shoot open jumpers and rim runner who can defend paint but not get exposed by smaller players
  14. Id rather have our best and most gifted rebounder in the paint. Collins isn’t particularly quick twitched so I think him growing in to a post defender is more realistic than him out in space matching up with wing type players. Considering position-less basketball , most teams just use 1 true big, next to a combo forward type player these days. In those scenarios John matches up better with the big
  15. As impossible as it may seem, the better our other scoring options become, it is possible to see him approach that number. Trae can go one of 2 ways imo. He can grow as an efficient high volume scorer, play off the ball more and not rack up as many assists, or he could grow as a floor general and take less shots (still increasing his efficiency) and really take advantage of the talent around him and rack up volume assists which would help him approach that 12 apg. Option A, become a 25+ppg 7-9 apg player Option B, become a 20-24 ppg, 10-12 apg player Thats kind of the way I see his career going. The more points the less assists. 25 and 10 being the optimum balance
  16. Im not here to debate between the two, I think Trae is better and should have made the team. That being said, the following article came before Trae shut it down, claiming White was being lauded as the best player on the court, with Trae even being quoted praising him. I think White always was pegged higher whether deserving or not. He usually started for the Select team in scrimmages with Trae coming in off the bench. Lest we forget as well, Pop likely always wanted White due to familiarity with his system. The whole way the went about this years team was frustrating in general. They went with older (age) or more tenured players versus actual talent. That’s why the Select team was beating up on them in most of the practice runs. https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.ksat.com/sports/derrick-white-called-best-player-on-the-court-at-team-usa-training-camp
  17. Fox got the nod first over both White and Trae. But rumors placed White in front of Trae before he got the eye infection.
  18. Crap like this makes me realize we haven’t learned our lesson from the last uni change. The previous two city edition jerseys were fire. This peach one had potential but it was ruined with the font. It’s like dang you dont have to accomplish everything in a new jersey concept. Anyway, keep the font centered and in all black and slim lettering that mirrors the pac outline and you’re on to something. The skyline horizon is very unoriginal but it’s whatever
  19. I find it interesting that the coaching staff had Deandre watching film of Kahwi Leonard and Cam watching film of Kevin Heurter. Its almost like since Hunter comes from a very structured college halfcourt system we arent as concerned about acclimating him in to ours, we want to focus more on unlocking his Iso game. But with Reddish, we want to put more of an emphasis on establishing him in to our offensive system to see if he can flourish within the flow of our offense. https://www.nba.com/2019-20-rookie-survey-film-study
  20. The only thing that will hold Huerter back is us trying to develop 2.5 other young wings alongside him. There really isnt a hole in his game, there is no limit to how good he can get. I really do expect a leap from him next season. The fact that the team and coaching staff all believe in his ability also is great. Nobody is looking at him saying he is just a role player. They all want him to let it fly and look for his shots. That's very important when it comes to development. Watch out for him to pull a John Collins and really step it up in a big way in year 2
  21. I’m not feeling this at all. The black kills it for me. I don’t mind peach, I like how the United use it. But we need to get away from the 2 toned pac logo all together. The background should always stay white or nothing at all. I wouldn’t mind the perimeter being all Peach and just using black for the lines and letters, but this is just overkill and mixes themes. Id rather they flip the usage of black and peach and replace the black pac background with white and Id be happy
  22. Dude fought thru like 5 screens on one play and still made a great contest on that shot. Having a player around like that is going to make the film room uncomfortable for Trae who gets picked off on one screen. Theres a rythym and a dance to good man defense just like there is to good Iso offense. Hunter has it on D, Trae has it on O. They could teach each other a lot.
  23. Not even just because he struggled, these cats really respect his game. Here is a video of top HS recruits being asked who was the hardest player they had to guard and they go bananas when talking about Cam. Anthony Edwards, the #1 player in the nation called Cam Reddish "different". These guys know each other from years in the HS circuit and they all know 1st hand how good Cam is, not was. I also think Hunter landing at #3 is a credit to the Hawks in general. These young guys seem to know that we have some great young ballers on the team and its only a matter of time before we make it back to the playoffs and contend for a title.
  24. I don’t think there is that big of a gap between Bagley but I do think John is definitely better than Kuzma. Like, he just is. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.peachtreehoops.com/platform/amp/2019/8/8/20791587/john-collins-kyle-kuzma-atlanta-hawks-team-usa-basketball-investigation
  25. My pride is hurt. Here I thought Trae and John would be the ones breaking out and being promoted but the universe had other plans I guess. Not that its in any way their fault, they handled their business. I dont even know if they wanted the promotion as much as I did but I digress