I think it's a given that we're going to be in the top 4. I really don't see how we lose the Atlantic division. The Nets lost two extremely key starters and did nothing to replace them. Knicks are basically the same team, but I guess will be a bit better with Calderon instead of Felton. Celtics and Philly are both crap
Brook Lopez is basically bargnani, cept he plays inside not on the perimeter. Both can't rebound, and both are horrible defenders but are ok individual defenders
I think ross will become better than deng but he ain't better right now. Just look at their stats from last year. Deng is still the better player
Kyrie tho.....is a broomstick on D. He was a huge reason why they lost a lot of games last season. Also I don't see how a Kyrie+LBJ duo works offensively. Then factor in that Kyrie on a max contract will hurt the team more than his on-court performance...
Cavs need to get rid of him IMO
I like Deng, but I'm curious about their situation and how he'll perform. Miami is weird. They really need McRoberts to space the floor well, because their wings won't make many 3s. And McRoberts shooting accuracy seemed a bit fluky to me.
And they lack playmaking from the backcourt too. They can't expect Wade to be their main playmaker for big minutes and 80 games. Chalmers will have to step up in a big way, and I'm not sure that he can.
I don't know about them. I think they'll try to play kind of like Atlanta two years ago, McRoberts in a Josh Smith role, at the elbow, a lot of McRoberts/Bosh two man plays, a lot of pick and pops. But the difference is that the Atlanta team had a ton of shooting from their wings to make it all work, and Miami doesn't. Miami actually needs their big men to step outside and help space the floor.
It will be interesting how it all works. It's interesting to see what Spoelstra can come up with, because this isn't an easy team. Still, if they get to the playoffs healthy, got to respect them.
I think Riley wants to build a defensive team. It's what Riley's done many times before. Every time he lacked talent in Miami, he kept adding defense. But now they look like they'll be just average on both ends.
Last edited by BobLoblaw; Wed Jul 23rd, 2014 at 08:55 PM.
'For a dude as big as him.' Ok, maybe. I don't know how a comparison to other 7 footers would look, would he be average, below average. But what does that make Bargnani? It's like no one will confuse DeRozan with Avery Bradley or Tony Allen, but it wouldn't be fair to call DeRozan a Jimmer Fredette either.
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