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    I believe that DJ will begin as the back-up abd will holding on to it for the whole season. He had a down year last year but, his still an upgrade over Lucas/Telfair.




    Fields is the mystery. He lost his jump shot due to elbow problems last season and the hope is he can rebuild it over the summer. However, when he plays, he plays hard and that will vault him past Ross in the rotation whether his jump shot has returned or not.

    Fields is under contract for another season after this one, but Ross only has a team option. Ross needs to step it up. At the moment, it will be Ross sitting on the end of the bench during games.
    I agree with this part Fields will out play the current Ross out of the rotation without his jumper back.


    Austin Daye is a nice addition as a young highly-skilled prospect who has yet to prove he belongs in the NBA, but he could surprise if given an opportunity to play. Daye will have trouble cracking this rotation, but he does have a guaranteed deal for next season.
    I think that Austin will slowing steal minutes from Novak. Just for the fact that Novak is so one dimensional. Not saying that Daye is a defensive ace but his lenght makes up a lot of ground.

    Im starting to believe that Tyler might just win this battle but, they will both probably play the same amount of minutes.



    I don't think he'll more than 32 minutes a game. More than that is kind of too much for a big especially a Center. That's to much of a beating every night.

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    One thing that seems to have gone unnoticed is that the PF situation has not really been addressed. After last season there was this talk about acquiring a starting PF. Yes a back up in Tyler H has been signed but all he does is replace Bargnani. The PF situation remains weak and it might cause problems.

    An area that the team is overcrowded with is wing players. Gay. Derozan, Fields, Ross, Novak and Richardson make one too many IMO.

    Brothersons review tells us that there's improvement but a very slight one. I think the team will make the play offs ONLY if JV shows significant improvement or else a mid-season tank could be in the cards.
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    • #3
      I think this is bang on. However, Amir will be the starter I think, and may move over to the C when Hans gets inserted to give JV a breather. Gray will get limited minutes as mentioned, mainly for match-up purposes. It will be interesting to see if Ross can prove he deserves minutes over Fields, hopefully the competition will motivate him to perform better. As well, the battle for the back-up PG minutes will be interesting as well...I think Buycks has the potential to gather more minutes than DJ, but that of course remains to be seen.

      Hopefully, some of the over-crowding will help motivate guys to perform better.

      Also, I don't think the PF position is really that weak. It's just the one position on the floor that we can expect to get the least offensive production from. And with the team supposedly running it's halfcourt offense through JV, I don't see it as being a huge problem. Amir and Hans will be a good one-two defensive combo at the PF that should be able to gobble up a ton of boards and make it difficult for the opponent to score in the paint.

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      • #4
        I like Amir to start, however, if he doesn't it really isnt a big deal as he brings it no matter what.

        The part of the whole article that catches me, and I know it's flogging a dead horse, but Jesus H. Chris, there was a REASON I was losing my mind when Toronto skipped past Drummond for Ross. Ross is sketchy. We can only dream of what it would be like to put JV and Drummond on the floor together for the next 10 years.

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        • #5
          Nice article Chris. I agree with most of your observations with maybe the exception of Daye getting more minutes over Novak. I think/hope that being the only pure shooter on the team gives Novak an edge over Daye.

          The Tyler vs. Amir battles in practice could get heated.

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          • #6
            I think Daye may be Ross' future. Daye has be given opportunities in the past... He just couldn't capitalize. My expectations for Daye is very low. He's average at best based on what he's done so far. If Ross can't beat out Daye for minutes then that's very telling about Ross.

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            • #7
              Apollo wrote: View Post
              I think Daye may be Ross' future. Daye has be given opportunities in the past... He just couldn't capitalize. My expectations for Daye is very low. He's average at best based on what he's done so far. If Ross can't beat out Daye for minutes then that's very telling about Ross.
              I'm really hoping this isn't the case with Ross. The guy has all the physical talent in the world, but it looked like he put absolutely no work in before Summer League. There are plently Gerald Green's out there whom have all that talent but just don't get it mentally.

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              • #8
                Eric Akshinthala wrote: View Post
                One thing that seems to have gone unnoticed is that the PF situation has not really been addressed. After last season there was this talk about acquiring a starting PF. Yes a back up in Tyler H has been signed but all he does is replace Bargnani. The PF situation remains weak and it might cause problems.

                An area that the team is overcrowded with is wing players. Gay. Derozan, Fields, Ross, Novak and Richardson make one too many IMO.

                Brothersons review tells us that there's improvement but a very slight one. I think the team will make the play offs ONLY if JV shows significant improvement or else a mid-season tank could be in the cards.
                I think you should go read DanH's thread on WOWY and, in particular, on how Amir Johnson affects the other players he plays with. The PF spot is not the problem with this team. Amir Johnson was the best player on the team last year.

                Also, the idea that somehow Tyler Hansbrough is going to displace Amir is ludicrous.

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                • #9
                  Mediumcore wrote: View Post
                  I'm really hoping this isn't the case with Ross. The guy has all the physical talent in the world, but it looked like he put absolutely no work in before Summer League. There are plently Gerald Green's out there whom have all that talent but just don't get it mentally.
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                  • #10
                    Love the part about gray being an immovable object lol

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                    • #11
                      The way Acy played in the Summer League should get him some minutes in regular rotation. Too bad the power 3 thing didn't really work out, he'd definitely be ahead of Daye in my depth chart. For now, looks like he'll be picking up the scraps of Amir/Tyler.
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                      • #12
                        isaacthompson wrote: View Post
                        The way Acy played in the Summer League should get him some minutes in regular rotation. Too bad the power 3 thing didn't really work out, he'd definitely be ahead of Daye in my depth chart. For now, looks like he'll be picking up the scraps of Amir/Tyler.
                        I hope to see Acy get some minutes this season as well. Not exactly sure where he fits in, but it would be nice for him to get a bigger shot to contribute.

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                        • #13
                          JawsGT wrote: View Post
                          I hope to see Acy get some minutes this season as well. Not exactly sure where he fits in, but it would be nice for him to get a bigger shot to contribute.
                          I doubt it. Acy's game is way too similar to Pshyco-T and Amir. Unless thier is injuries to one of those two. I wouldn't hold my breathe.
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                          • #14
                            I read all of that and just seems like he's stating the obvious..
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                            • #15
                              Rotation:

                              JV/Amir/Gray
                              Amir/Hansbrough/Acy
                              Gay/Fields/Novak
                              DD/Ross/Daye
                              Lowry/Augustin/Buycks

                              The starting 5 is pretty much set really. And the rotation is pretty obvious.
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