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    Taj or Dieng?

    Who do you guys like as the 2nd big on the team, next to KAT?

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    For floor spacing purposes, I would have Dieng start. With Dieng being able to play either frontcourt position, it should create plenty of opportunity for us to see a KAT/Dieng, KAT/Gibson, and Dieng/Gibson lineup. Belly will get scraps, we all know he plays well, and horrible, in streaks.

    All of that being said, if our first unit starts out the year not playing high level defense, I can see Thib's inserting Gibson into the starting lineup next to KAT.

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    I agree with Hawk on this one.

    Gibson is used to coming off the bench and can give us energy for spurts to get us back going... Dieng is not known for his "energy" kind of play and if he can start and give us strong play right away it would be more likely that scenario.

    That being said ... when we get to the crunch time in a close game I would expect that Gibson be in the game as I think Tib's knows he will be in the right spot and make the right play to win the game.... and "when" we get to the playoffs I would expect Dieng to start yet but would not be very surprised to see Gibson get more total minutes.

    Belly is the wildcard as he actually when healthy and playing well is the best fit to open the floor up.... but healthy and playing well as stated has not been a consistent thing for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by specialiststeve View Post
    I agree with Hawk on this one.

    Gibson is used to coming off the bench and can give us energy for spurts to get us back going... Dieng is not known for his "energy" kind of play and if he can start and give us strong play right away it would be more likely that scenario.

    That being said ... when we get to the crunch time in a close game I would expect that Gibson be in the game as I think Tib's knows he will be in the right spot and make the right play to win the game.... and "when" we get to the playoffs I would expect Dieng to start yet but would not be very surprised to see Gibson get more total minutes.

    Belly is the wildcard as he actually when healthy and playing well is the best fit to open the floor up.... but healthy and playing well as stated has not been a consistent thing for him.
    yeah, very true

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    I like Dieng too. Not only is he a superior offensive player to Gibson, I feel he was organically growing in to the gritty enforcer role that Gibson is known for...although, of course Gibson is likely better at.

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    Depends on if Thibs values starting with spacing or defense. I would probably lean Taj and have Dieng work with the second unit as he could be useful scoring/ spacing with Crawford/ Bazz. However, Dieng starting gives spacing which we need and as others have said, Taj is use to providing energy off the bench. I am actually not bothered either way.

    I think it will end up coming down to how effective the defense is if they start Dieng. If it is not great, Taj will end up starting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kia Kaha View Post
    Depends on if Thibs values starting with spacing or defense. I would probably lean Taj and have Dieng work with the second unit as he could be useful scoring/ spacing with Crawford/ Bazz. However, Dieng starting gives spacing which we need and as others have said, Taj is use to providing energy off the bench. I am actually not bothered either way.

    I think it will end up coming down to how effective the defense is if they start Dieng. If it is not great, Taj will end up starting.
    good point though, about Dieng in the 2nd unit being more of a scoring option..because Taj is not

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    Taj or Dieng?

    I feel like with Tyus/Crawford/bazz it is the defense our 2nd unit might struggle with haha.

    I like dieng better than Gibson overall as a player so I take him. Like someone else mentioned though it might come down to fit/defense where taj can make his case to start/finish games.

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    I would start Dieng, but Taj should get at least 15 minutes a night next to KAT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mngopher35 View Post
    I feel like with Tyus/Crawford/bazz it is the defense our 2nd unit might struggle with haha.

    I like dieng better than Gibson overall as a player so I take him. Like someone else mentioned though it might come down to fit/defense where taj can make his case to start/finish games.
    I like your thinking. The bench does not need scoring. Taj is also an energy guy, which always translates well to the bench. And yep, late in the 4th, you can always bring Taj in. That will be when the ball is going to Wiggins, Butler or Towns. Thibs seems to like isolation in key moments, so a guy like Dieng might not be needed, but a gritty veteran with a defensive reputation like Taj may be.

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    I like Taj's ability to be a big bully down low against second units. Against starting lineups I fear Tajik may struggle and prove ineffective. Dieng is already comfortable in the starting lineup so I'd just bring Taj off the bench and let him bully the second team and help us focus on winning that battle because the starters usually did pretty well and are only getting better. The bench was often horrific.

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    Taj looked great last night and I like Dieng coming off of the bench with Bazz and company. It's funny, but there is a chance for Bazz and Dieng to be huge factors this year. Also, last year I kept saying that Bazz was looking fat and out of shape, so last night it was good to hear that he is starting the season at 219lbs. Signing Bazz for 2 million may end up being a nice bang for your buck type of move.

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