I know some of you are going to rag on me for creating this thread as it probably looks like a knee-jerk reaction to the fact that we are on our longest winning streak of the season right now but just hear me out.
The last little while I have kinda been on the fence about whether or not we should blow it up and tank or just try to ride out the season and after looking at the standings and schedule it doesn't look all that inconceivable that we could still sneak into the eighth spot.
Right now we are 6-19, 5-5 at home, and 1-14 on the road. That's good for 13th in the east, and 27th overall. We are currently 7 games out of the 8th spot, with 57 games remaining (31 home, 26 on the road).
Our schedule has been horrendous so far and even so we still have lost several very close/overtime games in that stretch, indicating to me at least that we are not nearly as bad as our record reflects.
Now looking ahead at our next 8 games, we have
-Cavs (Without Waiters)
The Spurs are the only team on that list above .500 (and we seem to always play well against them too for whatever reason). I could realistically see us going something like 6-2 during this stretch putting us at 12-21, 9 games below .500 with 49 games to go.
Just glancing quickly at the rest of our schedule after this easy stretch, it looks pretty average the rest of the way in terms of difficulty. No huge tough or easy stretches to deal with.
Last 2 years the 8th seeds in the east were 2 games over and 4 games under 500 respectively.
Lets say we need to get to 500 to make the playoffs. That would mean we would need to go 35-22 the rest of the way. 29-20 if we were to take care of business and go 6-2 over these next 8.
Making it to the playoffs may be a stretch but I think its no question that our record is going to improve a fair bit regardless, so OKC will end up with our pick this year anyway. So no point in trying to tank the rest of this year.
I say the best course of action would be to just finish out the season with the group of players we've played well with for these last 3 games and then try to trade Bargs and Lowry for picks/young players.
Let our young players like Demar, Val, Ross, Ed continue to develop while working towards something positive, and then turning these others who I don't see as part of our future into assets we can use to improve our roster going forward. Then at the end of the season we can re-evaluate what we have and what direction we want to go in.