Not all players develop the same. Some (like DeRozan) may improve from being force-fed minutes, other guys might develop better if they're yanked every time they screw up.
Look at the Spurs for example. Parker basically got consistent minutes from day 1, while Manu's were always sporadic and he could be sat at any time if he was making mistakes. I'm pretty sure both of those guys turned out ok.
I don't think anyone here knows more about player development than our coaching staff. Let's let Casey and co. handle it (not like we have a choice anyway).
The Raps are not winning 60 games. The Raps are not Championship contenders. The Raps weren't expected to even be contending for the division, so we are playing with house money at this point. We have 2 high lottery picks (top 10) that lose minutes to a 34 yr old journeyman (who can be bought up before July for $1M and will likely be gone next year) shooting 37% FG% and a 30 year old journeyman center who is shorter than our starting SG.
How is that not a problem?
As for the bold, are you certain? Coaches in the NBA are brilliant basketball minds, but they all have their strengths and weaknesses. Casey sure knows how to coach a defence, but there isn't much evidence to suggest that he is very capable at player development. Following blindly, without questioning motives and decisions, isn't a very good thing to do. If you want to be a lemming and follow the leader off the cliff, then have at it. But decision makers should always be questioned to ensure that they are staying vigilant and making the best choices for all.
We all want the same thing here, a championship team. I happen to have an opinion on ways to get there and joined a forum to share and discuss it. Since we are on page 6, I'd say lots of people don't want to join the lemming stampede.
If you aren't willing to explore different ideas and discuss their validity, then perhaps you should stick to the game threads and box scores.
Box scores get torn to pieces by people with an angle. Just as much as individuals hard up when their interests go unmet. Worse still while the opposite sees success.
There's plenty to be said about the first playoff appearance in forever and the prospect of expectations beyond limp into 8th.
That said, why do you think Casey is doing his job?
To your bold, that is a part of the essence behind the OP. Before the season started, we weren't all thinking that we need to win the division, or even have home court. We were thinking we were going to either sneak into the playoffs and gain valuable experience, or blow the team up. So if that was the season goal, why re-write that goal to win 3rd if it means less development for our young players? Winning 3rd won't help us in the long-term but developing JV and Ross will.
I guess I should stop arguing the same topic, I'm gonna turn into '"you know who" soon enough
I responded several times to posters looking to dig in an rehash the rebuilding/tanking/development failed opportunity. The fact is this season went a different route. Short of belabouring the point further; we've accomplished much and can anticipate more. Doubling back to get even more diverts our focus.
If the season long goal was to make the playoffs, then mission accomplished. No reason to try and go for broke by becoming over-reliant on players that are on their way out the door.
Rentals getting minutes over longterm players is less than ideal. But if the rentals get us into more meaningful contests; like the 3 'playoff atmosphere' games we've had against the Bulls, Nets, and Washington will the diminished minutes our long term players get be more meaningful? Like would the challenge of fending off 3 teams for third be more useful than heavier minutes as we descend to 6th? Supposing that JV and TR don't give us better chance to win by giving them additional minutes.
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