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I’d go with that list. Milwaukee is set up pretty well, right now. They have the Freak for 4 seasons but will likely be stuck with Monroe for another season which will kinda hamper their free agent mojo, but after that I think it’ll be hard for free agents not to look at Giannis and say “I sure wouldn’t mind playing with you…” They have guys who seem to like to play together and they might even bring Monroe back at a more reaosnable deal after this one. They have a lot of intriguing options, to be sure.
Blazers have under-performed but are healthy and I expect them to push past this pack they’re in and take that 8 seed. DL and CJ are legit and when anyone else plays decently they’re in it. The one thing with them is they’ve let a lot of their talent walk with nary a pick to dull the bitter taste.
76ers, for all the process, just don’t have a direction or an identity. They have some intriguing players, though. Real hard to see them keeping all three bigs for the rest of the season. One of them is your center of the future and one of them is trade bait. The third? Insurance, solid bench piece? Just hard to see how all of that fits together and competes consistently.
Wolves might learn a lot under Thibbs, and they’ll be the better for it, but I don’t know if he has the kind of personality that will inspire them to play a little better than they actually are. So unless they develop into the Spurs I don’t see how they fight their way out of this tier of talent. KAT and Wiggins are obviously the future, but can Thibbs elevate the play of the role players to a playoff caliber level? If he can, and those two can elevate their play this could be a playoff team next year.
The Suns are kind of a mess, they should be where Milwaukee is now and they’re not. They continue to sink and they haven’t really even been one of those ‘playoff lock’ teams since Nash and D’Antoni ran the rodeo. Talk about no direction, the Suns have none. Pretty much everyone is coming back, too, barring a trade. Booker is intriguing but he’s a one trick-pony. He and Clarkson have similar impact in their respective teams (high and decent) but just don’t strike me as ‘the guy’ to take their team to another level. Just come up a little short, although Booker is a season behind Clarkson.
Dallas is in the worst shape of all. Mark is all in on Dirk like the Buss family was all in on Kobe but they have Barnes (Jury still out, not a dynamic two-way player, more like a better, more mature Nick Young) and they’ll have a high pick. We’ll see, Mark can be an interesting dude. Honestly getting hornswoggled out of DeAndre Jordan was kind of a blessing for that team because they’ll have at least $20 million coming off their cap next season. They can re-up with Dirk or if he retires go full rebuild. Mark has always grasped the business side better and it’s exactly why he’s high on Carlisle, record be darned. Carlisle is a pro and he knows good basketball. Mavs could actually reload faster than anyone, depending on luck.
Just some musings to add to your list. ;)
D**n good footnote. Great summary so far… :)
lol, thanks. There are a lot of teams that went all in on a vet/youthful identity that are not moving forward. Some are regressing. That is not a sustainable NBA energy but it also speaks to a basic lack of fundamental talent at the highest level of the sport. If more guys coming in could do basic things the league would be a better place. Instead we watch D-Leaguers muck about for a few years, hope they figure it out and become something legit. Almost as fun as Vegas and not all that much cheaper.
Nice win by the TWolves last night -- I like their young core the best, coupled with a great coach. Just need some more time as we do.
Sup bltkmt, hope you’re well…
Wolves had the top 4 talent of any team,,,need to build some depth…
Always been a fan of Thibs…hope it starts working soon. Beat a good Houston team
I have the Blazers at the one spot.
Lillard and McCullum are so talented and play hard on both ends.
Plumlee is probably the best second tier Center in the League.
Good points, Matt.
Yup, Agreed on Plumlee.
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