Boy howdy that's some mix.
One has to think that the best possible development from this offseason would be for JJ to earn an even greater spot in the rotation - either starting SF or 2nd off the bench. Say what you will about Casey and how unlikely such a thing might be, but we all know that Johnson of capable of playing more like Draymond Green - the ultimate utility player. Presumably that's what the coaching staff has been trying to nurture.
But now it's all up to James. He's got tenure with Casey now - the guy has been around for a few years, so there's a relationship in spite of the rocks. The leash has been short, but 20 minutes isn't anything to sneeze at either.
You might ask what is different this year than last, but I think the addition of Carroll is huge in that you'd never want Ross and JJ as your 3/4, whereas Carroll/JJ looks tight as a tiger.
I want JJ to develop a 3-point shot in his arsenal so he can play the 4 spot and he can stretch the floor beside Carroll on our starting unit. I think this would be much better for our team since he could reserve his athleticism for the defensive end and not have to use too much energy on the offensive except for catching and shooting the ball. Plus he'd increase his value for free agency and potentially get paid more.
The only knock Casey had against JJ is that he didn't know much about the plays and schemes. Hopefully JJ figures those plays out and gets some playing time given to him. Other than the red hair, I don't see any other reason that Casey shouldn't be playing someone as talented as JJ. He better get some damn playing time.
He certainly makes the game so easy sometimes when Toronto needs it. But, just as fan fav JYD showed, its not gonna matter if you can't play defence properly.
I want to see this guy do well, I really like him.
What a waste of a great rotation player. He showed some nice chemistry with lowry and jv in his limited role last season
How much you think JJ is worth in the open market? Consider that he is making $2.5 million a season, he's got to be worth at least double then that by now.
The thing that stands out to me when watching JJ is the "slow explosiveness". He's so strong and graceful on drives that he can balance on one foot, mid-step, absorb contact and/or change direction and then still finish around / over a defender.
He is an elite athlete in the NBA.
He has to stay mentally engaged, hope he can. Our coach needs to figure out how to use him properly (doubtful).
It would be a shame if he was wasted for another season on our bench.
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