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beasted86
08-10-2015, 07:04 PM
What do you see as the main weaknesses for the team you follow or teams around the league?

Miami:
1) Health

-Wade reoccurring knee trouble, McRoberts and Bosh health and conditioning after such long layoffs, Stoudemire and Birdman injury prone

2) 3PT threats and 3PT consistency

-Wade and Deng shrink the floor. Though they have a couple of 36-38% career shooters (Dragic, Chalmers, Green, McRoberts, Johnson) they don't have a real lights out shooter that will seemingly make you pay every time you leave them open.

FlashBolt
08-10-2015, 07:17 PM
OKC -
1) How will KD/Westbrook mesh with some thinking Westbrook is the new alpha-male.
2) How will Donovan fit into this
3) Waiters. Dude has to GTFO. We need a bench and soon. Again, Waiters is possibly one of the worst player you can have on your team.



Cavs -

1) Health. Irving is way too injury prone for someone this young. Anderson Varejao/Love need to come back healthy despite Anderson having a track record for injuries.
2) Chemistry. This back-and-forth thing with Blatt vs Lebron, Lebron vs Love, and how LeBron is the coach/manager/player has to disappear.

Lakers-

1) New development of players will cause many mistakes and head scratchers.
2) What are they going to do about Kobe fitting into this. Do they want to keep feeding him the ball and watch or develop younger players.
3) Jordan Clarkson vs Russell.
4) Jim Buss/Byron Scott. Both have to go IMO.

Would add more but those are the three teams I watch the most.

jerellh528
08-10-2015, 07:37 PM
For the lakers it will be the dynamic of trying to progress and bring along the young new talent while at the same time staying competitive and giving Bryant a proper send off. It will be interesting to see how it all meshes or not. I haven't looked forward to a lakers season more than this one for a few years.

Hawkeye15
08-10-2015, 07:50 PM
Wolves:

1- health of the few vets we have. Rubio is still only 24, but has only one season of being fully healthy. Pek is a vagina, Martin fragile, and KG/Miller are just old now, and there for mostly mentoring while playing 65 games at 20 mpg.

2- youth. Our best player going forward, and 2 other contributors can't even buy a beer. Bazz/Dieng/Payne/Bjelica have minimal experience. The roster is just young.

3- three point shooting. Outside Martin, and occasional hot streaks from Lavine and Wiggins, we have no shooters on the roster at all. Bjelica is supposed to help, we shall see.

FOXHOUND
08-10-2015, 07:51 PM
Knicks

1) Rebounding

Lopez is a better rebounder than his numbers suggest - he's in the box out mold like Marc Gasol or Roy Hibbert type rebounders - but they don't have a top rebounding big to go and snatch all of those chances. Anthony is very capable and will have to continue snatching a lot of boards, which is unfortunate because of the energy it takes to do so when he's already got so much on his plate.

I love Porzingis and am excited to see what he can do at this stage, but fact is his rebounding isn't going to be good right now. Derrick Williams is a bad rebounder but we have to see what kind of role he ends up with after Phil got Seraphin. Seraphin also isn't the strongest rebounder. Definitely going to be a rebound by committee team, which may not turn out terrible but it likely won't be a strength.

2) Shot creating by everyone not named Carmelo Anthony

This isn't the biggest problem in the world, considering that Anthony is going to be a high volume dominant scorer as usual and everyone else will be living off of that and the triangle. There's always going to be those times when someone besides Anthony has to create a shot though and those situations won't be pretty. Then, of course, there's always the danger of what happens if Anthony misses time. Then again...

3) Top talent after Carmelo Anthony

I like this team a lot, I think Phil did a great job plugging as many holes as he did with what resources he had available with a crop of hard working vets who fit the triangle well. But at the end of the day, there just isn't a player that good after Anthony. This is a team of role players built around him and they're going to heavily rely on him to succeed.

jerellh528
08-10-2015, 08:12 PM
I suppose I didnt put a weakness, I just wrote our struggle.
Our main weakness is lack of prime talent.

kobe4thewinbang
08-10-2015, 08:52 PM
Lakers:

1. Is Byron Scott worth a damn? Pretty terrible first season, questionable leadership style (doghousing Young, telling Lin not to foul in a close game before Lin caved because of Kobe going WTF).

2. Nick Young's poor season. Can he turn it around and fit the team?

3. The Kobe problem. Will he finally back down and be a facilitator and go-to guy when needed, or keep chucking?

4. The youngsters: Randle, Clarkson, Russell. Randle had a heartbreaking injury, no rookie season, no role clarity, new rookies taking the spotlight. Russell has a 5M contract already, so he has a lot of pressure. Clarkson and him will hopefully gel.

5. Hibbert & Bass: how will they fit? Hibbert seems eager to revive his career, but will his old school style clash with the gunning mentality of the other players. Bass is a good player but how will it affect Randle, or will Randle try SF?

Likelihood says it will be a mess with perhaps some nice hopeful moments, but I really don't see it working unless Kobe signs onto some kind of vision, even if he retires before it really gets going.

EDUTEXANS
08-10-2015, 09:23 PM
For the Rockets, the easy answear is health. Howard missed 41 games, Jones missed 2/3 of the season, Beverley 26 plus Playoffs, and Motiejunas is coming off back surgery.

Other than that, I really don't know. I'm fine with McHale's coaching. They really fixed the playmaking need with Lawson. I don't think the defense will take a big hit, as they played a great defensive system last season, and they have a lot of defensive specialists on the bench.

Maybe Harden and Howard isn't a good enough duo to win it all.

TheNumber37
08-10-2015, 09:47 PM
Knicks.

Lack of proven Star Power outside of Carmelo Anthony

Lack of a Proven Coach

Lack of identity and leadership

ChongInc.
08-10-2015, 10:21 PM
Raptors.

Lack of a dominant PF. Add a top 10 PF to our young C depth and you have a true contender.

Management still can't figure out if dwane Casey is a good coach or not.

Scoots
08-11-2015, 01:53 PM
Warriors:

Shooting after the Splash brothers. The Warriors are seen as a great shooting team, but really there are 2 elite shooters and a bunch of guys who do shoot.

Health (Bogut is always a question, Curry still has those ankles, Livingston is always a question, Iguodala has chronic knee pain, Green had a lot of leg pain all through the playoffs, Ezeli has suspect knees, the team played 103 games last year, and 4 players participated and are going to participate in Team USA ... they could break down)

Emotional falloff. Klay got paid, Green got paid, Iguodala/Livingston/Bogut finally got a title, Barnes and Ezeli are in contract years where their next deals may be huge.

Replace Gentry. The Warriors decided to replace OC Gentry with Luke Walton as associate head coach in his second year on the NBA bench.

tredigs
08-11-2015, 02:25 PM
Warriors:

Shooting after the Splash brothers. The Warriors are seen as a great shooting team, but really there are 2 elite shooters and a bunch of guys who do shoot.

Health (Bogut is always a question, Curry still has those ankles, Livingston is always a question, Iguodala has chronic knee pain, Green had a lot of leg pain all through the playoffs, Ezeli has suspect knees, the team played 103 games last year, and 4 players participated and are going to participate in Team USA ... they could break down)

Emotional falloff. Klay got paid, Green got paid, Iguodala/Livingston/Bogut finally got a title, Barnes and Ezeli are in contract years where their next deals may be huge.

Replace Gentry. The Warriors decided to replace OC Gentry with Luke Walton as associate head coach in his second year on the NBA bench.
Co-sign that rundown. Although I'd say that after your first point about a lack of shooting outside the Splash brothers (tho', is that entirely true? Barnes proved to be an absolutely elite corner 3pt shooter - #1 in the NBA last year - and we have a true stretch 4...) the rest feel more like worries rather than weaknesses. I'm excited that Barnes and Ezeli are in contract years, though, because if both of those guys take another leap and have big years, the squad as a whole will improve quite a bit.

phantasyyy
08-11-2015, 03:49 PM
Raptors:

1) Lack of a true starting level PF, we are being forced to play Patterson huge minutes last year, and I just don't think he has the ability to matchup well with starting level talent. - same issue with Amir last year, best suited as the first big off the bench it think.

2) Ball-chucking guards, last year was absolutely horrendous for ball movement with the ball sticking with both Lowry and Demar when they are the best play makers on the team. Too much iso, could be a by-product of coaching as well.

3) Inability to get points in the paint, too much of a perimeter based offense and a reluctance to play or use JV other than the start of the 1Q and 3Q.

4) How Carroll will adjust.. transitioning from one of the best ball movement rosters to one of the worst.

Scoots
08-11-2015, 07:20 PM
Co-sign that rundown. Although I'd say that after your first point about a lack of shooting outside the Splash brothers (tho', is that entirely true? Barnes proved to be an absolutely elite corner 3pt shooter - #1 in the NBA last year - and we have a true stretch 4...) the rest feel more like worries rather than weaknesses. I'm excited that Barnes and Ezeli are in contract years, though, because if both of those guys take another leap and have big years, the squad as a whole will improve quite a bit.

It's nice to be king, and when you are king you have to dig a little deeper for "weaknesses".

I can add to the list: The Spurs. In the last 10 years the Warriors have 6 wins in 39 tries against the Spurs and there is still a psychological thing there to overcome.

And Barnes shot fewer 3s than Green did. Barnes is capable of hitting the 3 (.405 for the year and improving), but he is also very streaky and really got a lot of those makes by standing still and being wide open. He also averaged just over 2.5 attempts per game, on a per minute basis Barbosa averaged considerably more 3 attempts. Barnes is silky smooth and very skilled and I'm looking forward to seeing what he becomes in this his contract year no doubt.

This thread isn't about strengths, but weaknesses, and the Warriors front office said early and often that they were looking for another shooter.

I've seen players fall apart on contract years (don't expect Ezeli or Barnes to though) ... so we'll have to see.

JWO35
08-11-2015, 07:33 PM
Pistons

-3pt Shooting: We're basically running the SVG Orlando offense with sub par shooters

-Consistency: Shooting, Defense, & Winning all came in spurts last season

-Depth: Non-existent last season

beasted86
08-11-2015, 10:12 PM
Warriors:

Shooting after the Splash brothers. The Warriors are seen as a great shooting team, but really there are 2 elite shooters and a bunch of guys who do shoot.

Health (Bogut is always a question, Curry still has those ankles, Livingston is always a question, Iguodala has chronic knee pain, Green had a lot of leg pain all through the playoffs, Ezeli has suspect knees, the team played 103 games last year, and 4 players participated and are going to participate in Team USA ... they could break down)

Emotional falloff. Klay got paid, Green got paid, Iguodala/Livingston/Bogut finally got a title, Barnes and Ezeli are in contract years where their next deals may be huge.

Replace Gentry. The Warriors decided to replace OC Gentry with Luke Walton as associate head coach in his second year on the NBA bench.

Warriors have no low post scoring. Bogut and Ezeli suck. Not sure if its a weakness or deficiency. They had no problem winning without it obviously.

Sadds The Gr8
08-11-2015, 10:58 PM
Raptors:

1) Lack of a true starting level PF, we are being forced to play Patterson huge minutes last year, and I just don't think he has the ability to matchup well with starting level talent. - same issue with Amir last year, best suited as the first big off the bench it think.

2) Ball-chucking guards, last year was absolutely horrendous for ball movement with the ball sticking with both Lowry and Demar when they are the best play makers on the team. Too much iso, could be a by-product of coaching as well.

3) Inability to get points in the paint, too much of a perimeter based offense and a reluctance to play or use JV other than the start of the 1Q and 3Q.

4) How Carroll will adjust.. transitioning from one of the best ball movement rosters to one of the worst.
Add defensive rebounding to the list.

Scoots
08-12-2015, 01:48 AM
Warriors have no low post scoring. Bogut and Ezeli suck. Not sure if its a weakness or deficiency. They had no problem winning without it obviously.

In general I agree, but the Warriors were 11th in the NBA in paint scoring, 2.2 points per game behind the top paint scoring team in the NBA Memphis. The Warriors have a lot of players who can and do score inside, but their bigs are not the ones doing it in a traditional manner. I have to hope Green gets better at it, and Ezeli has shown some flashes of offense. Speights, Thompson, Looney, and McAdoo all have what I would call questionable post games :)

beasted86
08-12-2015, 03:56 PM
In general I agree, but the Warriors were 11th in the NBA in paint scoring, 2.2 points per game behind the top paint scoring team in the NBA Memphis. The Warriors have a lot of players who can and do score inside, but their bigs are not the ones doing it in a traditional manner. I have to hope Green gets better at it, and Ezeli has shown some flashes of offense. Speights, Thompson, Looney, and McAdoo all have what I would call questionable post games :)

My only point is teams can somewhat get away with playing small. Like how Mozgov punished those smaller guys on the Warriors, if another team did that Bogut wouldn't be any better and Ezeli is very inconsistent. Both are extremely turnover prone to me. Speights takes turnover prone to new heights when doing too much. Kind of sad Livingston is the best post scorer on the Ws by a far margin.

It's not really a weakness, just a deficiency. As you mentioned guys like Green and Iggy are great on cuts and finishing. Curry and Klay can shooting to open up the floater and drives in the paint. But I think a post up player who can kick out to those shooters at times would make their half court game pretty much unstoppable. Right now the half court offense might by the only glimmer of a weakness, especially the nights the splash brothers are off.

BlueandWhite
08-12-2015, 04:28 PM
New York Knicks:

1.) Offense

2.) Defense

3.) Basketball

DanG
08-12-2015, 04:43 PM
Lakers:

1) Jim Buss - Nobody wants to play for him. Overpaid Kobe.

2) Kobe's health

3) Lack of talent


The future looks bright though with Randle, Clarkson, Russell + tons of cap.

Tony_Starks
08-12-2015, 05:24 PM
Lakers

1) health

2) lack of veteran PG to show Russell the ropes

3) finding a balance between the kids and the vets



Clippers

1) DJ's free throws

2) DJ's insistence on a "bigger role" offensively

3) DJ's contract

IBleedPurple
08-12-2015, 05:26 PM
Nuggets:

Players
Front Office
Potentially Coach

TrueFan420
08-12-2015, 06:33 PM
Warriors:

Shooting after the Splash brothers. The Warriors are seen as a great shooting team, but really there are 2 elite shooters and a bunch of guys who do shoot.

Health (Bogut is always a question, Curry still has those ankles, Livingston is always a question, Iguodala has chronic knee pain, Green had a lot of leg pain all through the playoffs, Ezeli has suspect knees, the team played 103 games last year, and 4 players participated and are going to participate in Team USA ... they could break down)

Emotional falloff. Klay got paid, Green got paid, Iguodala/Livingston/Bogut finally got a title, Barnes and Ezeli are in contract years where their next deals may be huge.

Replace Gentry. The Warriors decided to replace OC Gentry with Luke Walton as associate head coach in his second year on the NBA bench.

The last point is what concerns me the most. We lost a great offensive mind and replaced it with Luke Walton.

Kyben36
08-12-2015, 07:36 PM
Chicago is a wierd situation, I dont think we are week at anything, but we are not strong at anything. Right now, i guese the bigest thing is questions of coaching.

Scoots
08-12-2015, 09:46 PM
My only point is teams can somewhat get away with playing small. Like how Mozgov punished those smaller guys on the Warriors, if another team did that Bogut wouldn't be any better and Ezeli is very inconsistent. Both are extremely turnover prone to me. Speights takes turnover prone to new heights when doing too much. Kind of sad Livingston is the best post scorer on the Ws by a far margin.

It's not really a weakness, just a deficiency. As you mentioned guys like Green and Iggy are great on cuts and finishing. Curry and Klay can shooting to open up the floater and drives in the paint. But I think a post up player who can kick out to those shooters at times would make their half court game pretty much unstoppable. Right now the half court offense might by the only glimmer of a weakness, especially the nights the splash brothers are off.

I understand and I generally agree, but the Warriors had a pretty good post scorer in Lee and they didn't play him so apparently they don't really care. Not only that but when they were looking at moves in the offseason an offensive post presence didn't seem to be anywhere on the priorities list (other than moving Lee). It's an odd offense, but it looks like it's by design ... Defensive rim protector Cs who play limited minutes and "bigs" who play at the 3 point line or at least outside ... Green, Speights, Looney, McAdoo, and Thompson. It certainly looks like the Warriors don't even want a post scoring big.

crewfan13
08-12-2015, 10:16 PM
The Bucks main weaknesses are outside shooting and just general experience. Middleton is a very good outside, but beyond him, our starting lineup features virtually no outside shooters. There's some better shooting on the bench, but we need the starters to improve.

Parker likely won't be ready for the start of the season, but once he's healthy, our starting 5 should all be 25 or under. Most of them haven't played in a winning environment much or at all in their pro careers either, so it'll be interesting to see them develop more. I fully expect them to have some of the fallbacks associated with young teams (like losing games they should win and not knowing how to close games ect.)

KnicksorBust
08-12-2015, 10:48 PM
Knicks

1) Rebounding

Lopez is a better rebounder than his numbers suggest - he's in the box out mold like Marc Gasol or Roy Hibbert type rebounders - but they don't have a top rebounding big to go and snatch all of those chances. Anthony is very capable and will have to continue snatching a lot of boards, which is unfortunate because of the energy it takes to do so when he's already got so much on his plate.

I love Porzingis and am excited to see what he can do at this stage, but fact is his rebounding isn't going to be good right now. Derrick Williams is a bad rebounder but we have to see what kind of role he ends up with after Phil got Seraphin. Seraphin also isn't the strongest rebounder. Definitely going to be a rebound by committee team, which may not turn out terrible but it likely won't be a strength.

2) Shot creating by everyone not named Carmelo Anthony

This isn't the biggest problem in the world, considering that Anthony is going to be a high volume dominant scorer as usual and everyone else will be living off of that and the triangle. There's always going to be those times when someone besides Anthony has to create a shot though and those situations won't be pretty. Then, of course, there's always the danger of what happens if Anthony misses time. Then again...

3) Top talent after Carmelo Anthony

I like this team a lot, I think Phil did a great job plugging as many holes as he did with what resources he had available with a crop of hard working vets who fit the triangle well. But at the end of the day, there just isn't a player that good after Anthony. This is a team of role players built around him and they're going to heavily rely on him to succeed.

Spot on. Talent would have been my #1. I am just relieved our defense should be better this year. Maybe even league average!! Oh boy. It has been brutal watching seasons of JR, Hardaway jr, Stoudemire, Melo, etc.

JLynn943
08-13-2015, 12:39 AM
Kings

Perimeter shooting. Adding Belinelli should help, and hopefully so should the progression of McLemore, but it remains to be seen if it will. If we start Collison with Rondo it might be rough.

Combustible personalities. If we're winning it should be okay. If not, it could get disastrous.