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Since leaving the Magic in '09, he's played for two teams that didn't need a ball-handling SF, then a half-season with a Magic team that went through camp and drew up their playbook with the expectation that Rashard Lewis or Quentin Richardson would be their SF, then tried to change everything on the fly mid-season. We haven't seen Turk in his comfort zone since the '09 playoffs -- systems make players, and that's clearly been true throughout Turk's career. All that changes now.

2 years, 8 months ago on Can Hedo Turkoglu redeem himself?

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@erivera7@KchulKK Oh, I don't think Davis is a good player, and I don't like that the team signed him. I just really violently dislike Bass, who's one of the five or six dumbest NBA players I've seen in my 15 years of watching basketball. As I said, if given the choice, I'd rather have the $5 million or whatever in cap room. They're both chumps.

And I'm certainly not defending all the moves Otis has made. The mid-season trades last year were clearly a bad move for the most part; I don't believe Richardson is an upgrade from Carter (the opposite if anything), Gortat was a huge loss (we couldn't use him, but he's probably a top-10 NBA center, definitely top 12 or 15, and we would've been better off either getting that value for him or hanging onto him as an insurance policy in case Howard left/got injured), and while Lewis wasn't the player he used to be, he at least had a hypothetical role on the team, unlike Arenas.

For that matter, signing Bass was a mistake, and I said so at the time. Even if they didn't know he'd fail to grasp the team's offense or defense, it was pretty clear what kind of player he was, and at the time, we had enough frontcourt depth -- Howard, Gortat and Lewis were all clearly better than him, and we had Anderson, who was an unknown quantity with potential. We didn't need to pay $5 million a year for a fifth big man, even if he was pretty good. And so we ended up with the log jam that disrupted the rotation in '09-'10, Stan trying to justify the signing by playing Bass in '10-'11 (and introducing a bunch of offensive sets that never worked, and apparently upsetting Dwight... that's largely on Stan, but also on management for giving him the mismatched pieces to work with), and so on.

The only positive things I'm saying are a) I'm glad Bass is gone, though I wish we had gotten something of value in return, and b) I'm holding out hope for Turk and to a lesser extent Richardson this year, because re-drawing the playbooks should let the team play to their strengths more. I don't think either one of those is that controversial an opinion.

2 years, 8 months ago on Otis Smith’s bad offseason

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He was legitimately the worst offensive player in the league last year -- all the other players with lower TS% were at least playmakers.

2 years, 8 months ago on Magic re-sign Earl Clark

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They could have traded Bass for nothing and still come out ahead on the deal. That guy's erratic defense, poor floor spacing and utter refusal to pass single-handedly sunk our season last year. Of course, the fact that we're now stuck with Glen Davis isn't exactly great news.

On the bright side, it looks like they'll finally be giving Anderson the minutes he's earned. Say want you want about Richardson and especially Turkoglu, but it's clearly a huge difference having a playbook designed to utilize their talents. (Turk was working all year off a playbook basically designed for some combination of Quentin Richardson and Rashard Lewis -- I'm sure Stan drew up and revised some extra plays over the course of the season, but it's not the same. it's never the same.) On paper, I like this lineup better than any other Magic lineup in recent years... of course, let's see if it has the chance to play out.

2 years, 8 months ago on Otis Smith’s bad offseason

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