It's not just about Lowry...It's about the 3 spot.
If you plant me in the corner and my only job is to shoot 3s in the Spurs offense, (don't expect anything but hard fouls on D from me) I bet I could go off for at least 9 points
Daye put up 22pts against this year's SIXERS..the SIXERS AFTER THE TRADE DEADLINE! Look how wide open they left Daye open, he had to nail them, or else Pop wouldn't be playing him. Plus Pop is being blunt to Philly that he is not wasting his big 7-players' energy on them. So he is emptying his bench at them including Austin Daye. Besides the Sixers sucking and letting the Spurs scrubs score over 20, Daye is taking advantage of the Pop-system that night and made the most of it.
Now imagine if Bargs joins the Spurs as well...we are seeing many of our hypotheses brought to life with Daye as an example.
Again, I was facetious about the SAS. Yes they are championship contenders, but not because they have a transcendent, franchise-altering mega-star (Duncan was, Parker was close) that so many seem to feel is a necessity for championship contention. Of all players with 1000+ minutes this year, their big 3 rank 21st, 25th and 31st in PER. However, that is a superb core. They also have a great coach, a great system and a deep deep team.
I think we have to wait even longer than the playoffs before making a truly educated assumption about the Raps. Will Lowry resign and continue to play at an elite level? How many of DD, JV and Ross will continue to improve and how much? How much can MU improve the bench, which is painfully thin in offensive talent.
someone call the Spurs for me and sign me to a ten day contract. I got shit to prove
Even a team of the worst players in the NBA (which would include multiple 76'ers) would make posters here look like a team of cub scouts with hangovers.
DD is definitely not elite. He has waaaaaaay to many flaws. [/end]
Manu is having his back to form from when he was an elite 6th man...so I would also say yes
Duncan has gotten better this year and has learned how to play as an old man, he may no longer be as elite, but I would never count him out of dropping 22-12 on any given night with fantastic defense.
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