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  1. History shows you need to trade for or sign another superstar. Really depends on the ability to acquire the right complimentary piece.
  2. They lost some key players, too. Dedmon, Prince, and Bazemore. I think we have improved our long term roster, but it may not show up in the win column. Rookies take time to develop.
  3. 1. The doctor, KB, starts posting here again when we have a losing streak. 2. Our record will be close to last year. 3. Hawksquawk will freak out when Reddish and Hunter get off to a slow start. 4. Bruno will be on the bench mostly during first half of the year. Everyone will beg LP to give him minutes. 5. Trae will be featured more in NBA promos. He will move closer to becoming a star player in the league.
  4. I’ll take the bait. To summarize the OP, we will spend next year’s cap space via trade by February. Basically a Kristaps Porzinga type deal. To me that is a bold prediction, and a wild guess. What makes you feel certain that will happen?
  5. Something about a Trae Young to Josh Smith comparison rings hollow to me. Definitely need more time to see how this unfolds. Right now I think Trae is benefitting from defenders respecting his shot based off of reputation.
  6. Exactly what I was thinking. Is the net effect of taking long range 3's positive? If the best part of his game is actually dribble drive dish, the long 3's give him more space to operate. It's still too early for me to have a firm opinion, but I'm hopeful he improves his percentage. Maintaining his threat to sink a pull up a 3 early in the shot clock helps out the rest of his game.
  7. I think Cavs win. Usually teams play well the first game after their coach is fired.
  8. Setting another trap: I agree with Sturt. Tanking is a fool proof strategy.?
  9. I picked us to win 23 games, but I’d rather bet $100 on us winning over 30 games. Winning less than 20 games is statistically unlikely.
  10. It's not so much that we have the absolute worst starter at every position, but we are probably bottom 10 at every position next year. Dedmon or Collins on their own will not get a lot of wins. Collins is still too young. Dedmon will never be more than a good role player. So, we may not have the worst player at every position, but we also don't have an all star or true impact player anywhere. We hope we are developing a couple impact players, but they are not ready to win games. I'm expecting 23 wins and for us to be in the bottom 3 teams in the league.
  11. This is definitely a thread to revisit. The analysts aren't hating out of spite. Most people project us to be a bottom 3 team next year. What happens if we win 23 games and Bazemore or Dedmon get traded mid season? Are they still haters?
  12. I have hope that we will see moments of good play and flashes of greatness in a couple of our players. Josh Smith got you out of your seat at times in his rookie season where we won 13 games. We will win games, but very few. The new players will learn a lot this year. I think they can learn how to win, but we will lose a lot of games before they learn how to do that consistently.
  13. The point is you can find other vets that don’t cost $20M. Late round picks are less likely to become rotation players, but it happens all the time. If you do find a player they have a 5 year rookie contract plus the option to match their RFA contract. I like Kent Bazemore, but I’d rather take a shot in the draft.
  14. To hear you talk it’s like the draft doesn’t exist. That is where virtually every NBA player comes from. One year of Kent Bazemore has nearly 100% certainty to make no impact on our franchise. A first round draft pick has more potential.