I've been watching most of this season and I keep seeing on the boards here that our real need is a 3...our real need is a 3...we need MKG/Barnes/an enema etc...
This is essentially James Johnson's second season. He didn't get a chance in Chicago and he played half a season here.
He came into this season with a broken jump shot no training camp and a compressed schedule.
He has been pretty damn impressive. He is working a ton with Tom Sterner and seems to have fixed his shot.
This team with the following minor changes is a play off team...
1.) Calderon gets his own shot more - pulls defenders out to him frees up lanes
2.) DeRozan develops a steady 3 - pulls defenders out to him - blow by
3.) Johnson takes low risk in rhythm jump shots/cleans up the glass and shuts his man down
4.) Bargnani keeps doing what he is doing - when not injured
5.) Valanciunas adds to the front court depth cleans the boards and erases mistakes on the defensive end allowing Johnson and DeRozan to play more aggressive D on the wings.
Kleiza is great off the bench - Davis is great in the 3rd big man role - Gray is fine in the backup big garbage 10 minutes a game role. I really think the only decisions that need to be made are backup PG and 6th man role. I guess what I am saying is our current record is nowhere near indicative of where we are in the rebuilding process. This current core with the current coach + JV = first round play off team next season. Could we still make some changes? Absolutely, but I don't buy we are as bad off as our record says we are.