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@CDNBallJunkie That's never been his game. He doesn't/can't handle the ball. What's he supposed to do?
5 hours, 10 minutes ago on Thunder vs. Clippers: Pregame Primer
@d21 @Keith00 This is why I would toss in the picks from OKC. 2 second rounders or a top 20 protected first. The first rounder would be pretty valuable to a Milwaukee team that's going to be bad anyway. Middleton also becomes a free agent this offseason, so he'll be more expensive next year than Jones easily. OKC likely doesn't even bother to offer Middleton a contract unless he plays really well anyway, so if Milwaukee really likes him they can just sign him over the summer.
3 days, 15 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 10.27.14
@Barry Amenema @Keith00 She bounces around and distracts opposing players.
@S4TISF4CTION @Keith00 Yeah, that was super confusing. Wouldn't Milwaukee have to be sporting serious negative win scores at SG/SF for that to be possible?
Season saved. And by saved, I mean the team doesn't implode before guys get healthy.
Why for OKC? Both players returning are better than the ones going out (and healthy), both have starting experience and would be useful throughout the rest of the season and playoffs. The team stays under the luxury tax.
Why for Milwaukee? They aren't looking to win this year anyway. They save a couple million dollars. Both players going out are having minutes squeezed by players making more money (Mayo -> Dudley) or younger/better (Giannis -> Middleton). OKC throws in a couple second rounders as well, or the rights to Heustis.
It's Perry time.
3 days, 16 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 10.27.14
So I guess Presti kind of has to look for trades, eh?
@SeinfeldOKC I don't understand the double list. Also, I don't think OKC falls out of the top 4. Even if they are worse than expected with KD out, he will be coming back with about 3/4ths of the season remaining. We'll still be a top of the league team when he's back.
Also, schedule has a lot to do with it. We'll face our easier stretch early. So even if the team is worse than expected, the win-loss record won't be as affected.
@Perk-Punt @Keith00 I really want to have faith in Lamb, but I just haven't seen anything to believe. I think he can handle the ball ok, but I would be concerned if he was the primary ballhandler on the floor. I think he can make some shots, but I just don't think he can be efficient consistently. Add in his lack of defense, and I honestly don't think he stays on the team much longer.
@Perk-Punt @Keith00 I agree with that lineup. It's going to be interesting to see Brooks juggle minutes so that Russ or Reggie are always on the floor. I really don't want to see Telfair getting significant minutes just because Brooks wants to swap his entire starting lineup for big chunks.
@Perk-Punt He was at 19+ per game last year, that seems reasonable. I just think it's time he was moved to the bench. Missing KD means the starters are desperate for offense, and it doesn't help to dig a hole for our less than stellar bench to dig out of each game.
As good as Perk is on defense, he's worse on offense. Adams is not nearly as good of a defender as Perk, but I think he's positive. Add that he's also positive on offense and he's better overall than Perk.
6 days, 2 hours ago on Kevin Durant No. 8 in #NBArank
@Jooseppi @_justin We could trade Lamb for Dudley straight up. Perk isn't as poisonous on an expiring contract, but he's still only going to work as trade ballast.
@Tvaddic Beverly is pretty high on the list, Griffin, Lebron, Rose (lot of backlash from Westbrook supporters since Rose has always been more beloved despite doing less), Perkins is up there, you could go old school with PJ Carlesimo, Ron Artest (though obviously out of the league now), or perhaps good ol' Kobe (does anyone like him who isn't a Laker fan?).
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@GREENE1148 Pretty much every lineup improves when you remove Perk. Can you explain why he's been our starting center instead of Adams/Collison/Ibaka?
1 week, 3 days ago on Monday Bolts – 10.20.14
I'd really like to see more Adams v. Asik. Not that I expect Adams to dominate an elite defender, but to give him more practice against starting caliber defenses rather than some of the preseason dregs he's dominated.
2 weeks ago on The Side Part: Plates filled with crow
@Kong Lambchop @_justin He had to take a year off from the NBA because no one wanted him, it's not just preseason conclusions.
@Hustle Westbrook Morrow Faction @Durants Shimmy @DTVirgin What are we going to call the early season offense?
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Wednesday Bolts – 10.15.14
@DanielLawler @harmlesslyfatal @Keith00 @FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] He rebounds well, that usually translates very well. I'm not super high on him myself, but a potential double double guy vs. a score first PG that doesn't actually score efficiently or defend is tougher than you make it sound.
@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @Keith00 @DanielLawler @harmlesslyfatal This is what makes it hard. Obviously Randle wouldn't be all that useful on the Thunder playing behind Ibaka, but on sheer talent and skill, you've still gotta think Randle is the better player.
@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @DanielLawler @Keith00 @harmlesslyfatal What about Julius Randle?
@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @Keith00 @AlexR44 The counter is that both teams have that ability to scout and adjust. They know what the other team will want to attack and the know how they want to attack the other team. In the end, it still comes down to players executing. I would rather have the better player trying to execute than the worse one. Adams doesn't strike me as any more exploitable than Perkins (who is a walking exploit on offense).
@DanielLawler @Keith00 @harmlesslyfatal @FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] Is there really that much different between 75 and 110 at the point? Isn't it kind of nitpicking after the superstars, stars, all-stars, and underrated stars?
@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @Keith00 @DanielLawler @harmlesslyfatal 106/30=~3.5. Would Reggie be the third or 4th best player on most teams? If so, then the ranking isn't that crazy. If you think he would definitely be the 2nd or 3rd best player on most teams, I can see your argument, but I would disagree.
@DanielLawler @harmlesslyfatal @FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] I don't know, 106 isn't exactly terrible. 30 teams, 5 starters each is 180. At 107, that tells me Reggie is better than a whole lot of starters. I've said before that he's a lot more average than we are making him out to be lately, so I'm not that upset by the ranking. I expected him to be in the 90s, so a small drop when so many players are relatively equal around him isn't too bad.
@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @Keith00 @AlexR44 I think that's faulty reasoning. Adams wasn't ready for what? To play basketball? The exact thing he had been doing better than Perkins almost all year?
The team preaches continuity and development all the time. Rightly so even. But what's the point of emphasizing development when it doesn't give the player any recognition. When it became obvious that Adams had surpassed Perk as a player, why keep him on the bench in limited minutes? Why keep trotting out Jeff Green when Ibaka was so much better suited to play PF? Why keep starting Thabo when the team was struggling to score against Miami?
Ready is a silly thing to say in the playoffs. Despite the narratives, they are not appreciably different than the rest of the season. Teams still tend to play just as well or poorly as they did in the regular season. The increased emotion is how fans view it, not really how players do. Is game one of a finals series REALLY a bigger deal to Steven Adams than game one of his professional career? These guys already know how to handle pressure, else they wouldn't have gotten to the NBA in the first place.
@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @Keith00 @AlexR44 Yeah, I did say "might". I don't know if we would have pulled it out, but I think our chances would have been raised significantly.
Perkins reminds me a lot of watching Ben Wallace on offense. The difference is that Wallace was a 4-time DPOY and one of the best rebounders of his era. You literally hoped he would never catch the ball on offense, but he made up for it by doing everything on the other end at the elite of elite level. Perkins just isn't that guy.
@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @Keith00 @AlexR44 Again, I think that's the core of the whole argument. It's one thing to get worked up over Perk when there's literally nothing else to replace him with. Adams I think is already better than Perk overall and the team should really be getting him acclimated in his future role.
@AlexR44 @FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] Adams actually defended the heck out of Duncan. Limited sample, but Duncan didn't eat up everyone that defended him.
@AlexR44 @Keith00 Well sure, but people have been seriously bashing Perkins since well before we knew that. There's real reason to believe the team might have a championship already (2012) if Perkins hadn't been the starting center. Perkins is just not a good player in high minutes anymore, and people are going to be mad about that until it changes.
The salary sucks, but none of us actually play that salary. The thing fans care about are wins, and Perk is generally a detriment to getting those.
@_justin @DanielLawler @Keith00 While I'm not really on the intangibles train, I can't deny that there is some value in continuity. That said, Perk won't be back next year. I see value in working in his replacement earlier rather than later, even if Perkins wasn't a train wreck on the court.
@Boomtown Did you miss the part where both the university AND the police covered up for Winston? I mean, this is barely news. Until someone actually is able to bring a serious corruption case against these institutions, this is just the status quo.
@AlexR44 In all seriousness, Perk simply wouldn't get the vitriol he does if he played the role he is suited for: 2nd big off the bench. I mean, it would still hurt to know the team was paying him so much, but at least he could focus on what he does best and hopefully be less terrible offensively against opposing second units.
@DanielLawler But, but... intangibles! You can't measure heart.
@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @King of Carrot Flowers the third I would literally turn the ball over every time I touched it against NBA players. I'm a D and 3 player even amongst work friends since they don't trust me to even dribble against overweight 45 year olds.
@DTVirgin @King of Carrot Flowers the third He IS still very positive on the defensive side, it's just not as high as his offense is low.
@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @Keith00 @Johnny Thunder OMG! Boshasaurus would have made me love him forever. I liken it to Andre Drummond's little videos, my favorite being him being terrible at bowling. Even if the guy is a complete douche in real life, he'll always have my heart for going out and not being afraid to be funny.
(I also really love Metta World News spots)
@Johnny Thunder This one is funnier to me. The Russ one doesn't make sense as read.
@Johnny Thunder @FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @Keith00 I actually agree with the latter. I wish he would dress like one for Halloween and just blow people's minds.
@Johnny Thunder Wut?
@SeinfeldOKC As good as Green could be, I'm worried about his consistency. His number fluctuate wildly throughout his career. Now obviously he's been on a number of different teams with different needs, but even his rate stats are Jekyll and Hyde from year to year. For all we know, he comes back to earth this year and reminds everybody why they've passed on him before.
@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @Keith00 I understand your reservations then. I personally think Dudley is just flat out a better player than Lamb or Jones will be. Having him for the year I could see him being an important part of the bench spacing the floor and providing defense. Hell, by the end of the year it wouldn't be crazy to see someone of his play level starting at SG.
@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @rednuht @Keith00 Running the second unit long term is Reggie's job, not Lamb's. Also, if we're being honest, Lamb isn't really proving he can do that role either. He's still a shoot-first player that doesn't make many of his own shots.
@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @Keith00 The luxury tax is determined by the total team salary on the last day of the regular season, so it doesn't actually matter when we make the trade. We would end up paying less of his salary in real dollars, but the tax calculation doesn't prorate based on time with the team.
I wouldn't be saying yes or no on re-signing Dudley, but his salary next year (and if he plays well he'll certainly decline) wouldn't be prohibitive.
@rednuht @Keith00 @FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] My preference would be to not hit the tax this year anyway. I believe trading Lamb would be enough to stay under the tax while taking in his salary. If Dudley returns to form, he is a huge upgrade to our bench long term while a valuable minute eater in KD's absence. I just don't see many options that would be available right away while at the same time useful long term.
@Jooseppi @Keith00 Fair enough. I've liked him for a while so I am admittedly biased, but it seems like the perfect time to make such a move.
@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @Keith00 Actually, that depends. Green would cost more right now than Dudley precisely because Green had a career year while Dudley had a career worst. If Dudley returns to form (likely given the outlier), he's just as good as Green. If Green regresses (also likely given last year was a positive outlier for him), he could be a lot less valuable.
They both make similar amounts (3.5 for Green, 4.25 for Dudley) so in both cases we would have to give back or burn some salary.
@Jooseppi @Keith00 That's understandable. But the majority of players that really benefitted from Phoenix were old and past their prime. Dudley is still in the middle of his prime, and it helps that he would have a reduced workload once Durant returned.
@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @rednuht @Keith00 Actually, one benefit of the huge jump next year is that we are highly unlikely to hit the tax no matter how much we pay Reggie. Perk will be off the books and the tax line is going to jump some 10 million or more dollars. Reggie isn't going to fill that much cap space, and it could easily allow us to avoid the repeater tax until KD's next contract.
As for what players I would give up on to make it work? Probably Lamb. As much as we keep hoping for him to pan out, the fact is he's not been good for any significant stretch of his career. He's still not a quality shooter or defender. Dudley does what we actually hope Lamb would do, rather than continuing to wait.