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  1. #31
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    I keep going back and forth regarding our draft. Much has to do with the unpredictability of Rosas. Also it has players that have something to offer but who is going to pan out? Well if I had the ability to know I would have a much more lucrative job.
    But here is a plan A.

    First pick: Onyeka Okongwu

    Surprisingly for a team who looks to become a high volume three point shooting team, a non shooting big is the gear that this machine is missing IMO.

    Okongwu covers our inefficiencies and offers this team BALANCE. Just to be clear the starting lineup that I am going to work with consists of Russell-Beasley-Johnson-Okongwo-Towns.

    Let's start with the offense where most people would be wary of him. Our offense revolves around Russell and Towns, with Beasley getting what is left. Adding to that you have an added playmaker forward in Johnson with decent shooting to make things work smoother and offer enough options to not be predictable. Okongwu's role is that of a screen setter (in which he excelled), a cutter (needs a bit of work) and the offensive rebounder (vital when Towns thinks he is a guard).

    In D things are more clear. It's very important to the balance I mentioned earlier to keep Johnson or replace him with another defensive "general". Because basically he would be running the show there, having two high energy defenders surrounding him. A wing (Beasley) and a big (Okongwu). Okongwu along with Johnson provide the interior D, strength and rebounding we missed. And in addition they are agile and quick enough to not be hindrances when facing modern offences.

    The second first round pick

    This is where I start getting a little hesitant. The players that stood out to me other than Okongwu are: Haliburton, Okoro, Vassell, Achiuwa and Bey.

    But I think that it would be beneficial if we somehow acquire a pick in next years draft. If a package of our second round pick plus Culver is enough then things are easier. We replace Culver with a better fit, with our Brooklyn pick.
    If the second round pick is not enough and the options we are looking for are already gone, then use this pick in a trade.

    The second round pick

    Should we keep this pick, which I doubt we will, it is high enough to get spillover from the first round. Players like Patrick Williams, Paul Reed, Jalen Smith, Pokusevski, Jah'mius Ramsey, etc may easily drop to us in that position.

    P.s. I will repeat that my favourite player is Haliburton. I believe he fits us but that PF position is a big hole that needs to be filled.

    P.s. 2. I have been back and forth regarding Okongwu vs Precious so many times, that's not even funny.

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    While I want desperately to get defenders, fact is, guys coming out of college with offense listed as a weakness will find a hard time getting rotation minutes in the NBA, especially on a middle of the pack or bad team. Okogie is supposed to be a good wing defender long term, right?

    What I am getting at is, if we can get a Booker for the pick and something else, you just do it, and sign NBA defenders. That being said, I am totally fine getting Okangwu with that high pick for example, but I don't think he will see much playing time for a while, which you would expect out of a top 3 pick.

    Is Culver expendable yet? I haven't been impressed by him at all really, and think he is about as replaceable as it gets.

    If you want the ultimate, you've got to be willing to pay the ultimate price. It's not tragic to die doing what you love.

  3. #33
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye15 View Post
    While I want desperately to get defenders, fact is, guys coming out of college with offense listed as a weakness will find a hard time getting rotation minutes in the NBA, especially on a middle of the pack or bad team. Okogie is supposed to be a good wing defender long term, right?

    What I am getting at is, if we can get a Booker for the pick and something else, you just do it, and sign NBA defenders. That being said, I am totally fine getting Okangwu with that high pick for example, but I don't think he will see much playing time for a while, which you would expect out of a top 3 pick.

    Is Culver expendable yet? I haven't been impressed by him at all really, and think he is about as replaceable as it gets.
    I get your point Hawk. But I am looking for balance. And no matter the style or era, a player like that always has a role. The Rodman of the Bulls, Ibaka for OKC, modern Houston teams often use someone in a similar role.
    But in order for him to work from day one you need a vocal leader next to him like JJ or Covington or Taj to direct him.
    Now if you could trade down and still get him I am all for it.
    Culver could still turn out in a good player. But him and Okogie won't work IMO. I don't mind keeping him for another year but if he could get us a pick for next year's draft I would take it while his value is relatively up (compared to another year like this one)

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