a minor, but still real, miscalculation of goals
It's all pretty secondary to the fact that they'd have been a lot better off going the Portland or Washington route and having a good chance at a high pick
I watched the last 2 games and enjoyed them. I liked seeing Dalen Terry, Terry Taylor, and seeing what they could do. Carlik Jones can shoot 3’s. He will be on some teams roster next year.
I’m glad we didn’t tank. I hate tanking.
I mean yes Casey quit, but he is also moving to the front office of said Pistons team... lol.
If you're going to tank then tank all the way. This idea of mini tanking to gain a few percentage points towards a possible better draft slot doesn't make a ton of sense to me. Especially when the odds will still be very long. You've got a whole organization. It's getting paid to win. Telling them not to has day-to-day and over time consequences.
I think Reinsdorf is the one lacking ambition and AK is bad at his job. I'm not one for endless rebuilding but if they were to strategically pick one year to tank, it would have made sense to do it this year. Unfortunately AK decided to overcommit to his plan, which I now admit is shitty. I just hope he finally course corrects this off season, and he isn't fooled by this meaningless play-in berth.
A couple things:
> In the first quarter, Demar hit Zach with a lob. Amin said it was the first Demar-to-Zach lob of the season, and I don't recall seeing it before. How weird is that?
> The game was neck-and-neck until the Bulls put their subs in. That seems like a damning indictment of the roster construction.
What the ceiling on best case scenarios for us? For me...beating the bucks and losing the following series would still be a crazy W for me
I watched the last 2 games and enjoyed them.
What makes this all even worse is that the Bulls didn't really even go for it at the trade deadline. Pat Bev was an ok pickup, but only really in the fact that he's a veteran and we basically don't have a point guard on the roster. I love Ayo, but he's better at the 2. Same with Coby. The Bulls needed to improve on offense. The Hawks have put together a top 10 offense with the lowest 3pa rate in the league. How? Did they hit a really high percentage of the few threes they take? Nope, 21st in the league and worse than the Bulls. Offensive rebounding and low turnovers. The Bulls ended up being a top 10 team in TOV%, so they were already ok there and I think Pat Bev helped. they needed to add 3pt shooting or offensive rebounding. Some choices based on who was dealt.
- Mason Plumlee. He is a great offensive rebounder. He's playing 20mpg for the Clips. He would have helped bench offensive rebounding, and you could probably have gotten away with a handful of Vuc/Plumlee combined minutes. Plus, he's tons better than Drummond.
- Matisse Thybulle - He was not valued by the 76ers. Excellent defender, decent 3pt shooter, and a decent offensive rebounder for his size.
- Luke Kennard - The guy shot nearly 50% from 3pt land this year. He'd be deadly in small ball lineups (Bev/Caruso, LaVine, Kennard, DeRozan, Vuc) and would be a fantastic shooter off the bench.
How much would it have taken to get any of these guys? I don't know. But kicking the tires on any of them (Kennard especially) would have been a not so splashy move that could have made us worlds better offensively and shown we were serious about making the playoffs. Instead, all we did is barely make the play in and hurt our future.
Does performance in the play-in affect the draft odds or are they based only on regular season record? I don't remember the rule and couldn't find confirmation on the NBA site.
Will LeBron un-crown himself if they blow the play-in at home #AndHeIsSoStrong
It's just weird to read people think Lavine and Deebo are redundant when the second best net rating 5 man lineup since AS game is the big 3 with Pat Bev and Caruso. Showing all we've really been missing is a legit Ball replacement. Only thing I want to see is us get a real pg in the off season and more 3 and D guys. Seems like every other team just shoots and hits twice as many 3s against us every game.