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Originally Posted by sjbirds
1. The Wright comment was in response to someone ELSE saying he's been playing lousy. He hasn't.
2 Turner has yet to have a good stretch. Not until he plays an ounce of defense. (Ya know? Defense?)
3. He's playing well NOW...and so NOW he should get some more time. Follow?
More Swaggy/Dorell, less JRich/Evan.
Those guys are scorers which is badly needed
I also like what those two do to the pace. They run...play with energy. Granted, I don't mind when Evan has the ball in his hands...WHEN he's playing smart & patient. But he has a way of sucking ALL the energy from the team. No outlet...often dribbles WAY too much...sometimes a black hole... We need to get out and let it fly.
Uh, less Turner is almost impossible to do because of all the ways he contributes. When the Sixers expanded the lead at the beginning of the 4th quarter, it was ET who asissted almost every bucket. He's not perfect, but the Sixers cannot afford to have him off the floor too much.
JRich is the most polished off the ball scorer out of JRich, Swaggy, and Wright. But it seemed lately like he was breaking down a little physically from the wear and tear, and from playing a role that's frankly too big for him at this point in his career. JRich is also (despite his wonderful off the ball hustle points) without question the biggest defensive liability in our wing crop. Wright should start the game and get the most minutes out of the three. That improves us at 2 positions on the wing defensively, because Wright is our most consistent man defender at SF and ET then slides down to guard defensively in most matchups.
Wright handles the ball well from the top of the arc/key area. But when he catches a pass on the wings and the defense overpersues his catch and shoot jumper, he has to be way way way more careful putting the ball on the floor than he has most of this season. When he drives aggressively baseline in these situtations he's either thrown up a wild shot or been a turnover machine. If he just plays his role simply, and remembers he isn't Kobe when he drives baseline, then he's easily our best fit as a role player next to Jrue/ET, and the only one our three off the ball scorers that should ideally be under contract after this season.
Assists are a little misleading when your team shoots 53%. Let's not forget that small detail.
And no matter how much he contributes (and now with his diminishing rebounds and horrendous defense, that's arguable) 40 minutes is way too many for Evan. Way way way too many. I'd like about 7 less.
Especially on a night when the whole building was laughing at him.
So you think Wayns is going to get those assists when Jrue is resting? Dude is just barely learning how to become a point guard who passes the ball. ET is our 2nd best all around player and 2nd leading distributor. The next closest thing we have to a backup point is DWright. But he's only effective in that role in the 2nd quarter against backups. We also need him on the wing raining 3 pointers, instead of playing point.
ET averages about 36 minutes for the year. That number is fine.
Each player has a role; it's based on his strength at specific skills and our need for those skills.
We need ET to defend, and he doesn't. We need him to consistently rebound, and he hasn't been. We need him to contribute on offense, too. But when he shoots 26 times or scores 0, well, he's not doing that so well ether.
And so - he's not helping us much this year. :(