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  • DanH wrote: View Post
    If fit is the concern, we are discussing the wrong position. JV fits fine (read: great) with the stars so long as you have a floor stretching PF on the floor.
    How many people have complained that jv needs touches or to start pat to hide our on center on defense? Fits fine, OK. Great? Highly debatable (read: debated for years).

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    • DanH wrote: View Post
      It is very possible that if BeBe was a starting quality C, he might fit better with the way Lowry/DD play. Sadly, he is not, so it is irrelevant.
      Noel is that player. Better BPM and vorp than jv when comparing them as 20 yr old rookies and noel played with dleague talent. Jvs highest dbpm (more than double his second best stat) was in that same rookie yr. 2014/15 Jv had a career low dbpm of -.6, bpm -.5, vorp .8. noel dbpm 4.5, BPM .8, vorp 1.6. same mins/gm, same division, 2 yrs younger, rookie.
      In the past 5 yrs the league has only gotten faster and produces more and more mismatches for jv as a younger and different breed of player enters the league. Young players like kanter, vuc and nurkic are finding diminishing roles.
      Personally I'd rather get out in front of this ASAP.

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      • If I say DD sucks on D it seems the response is that he needs to try harder. If I saw the same thing about jv then it seems some of the response is that it's siakams fault, pat needs to start, the scheme is wrong, etc.
        Yes, adjustments can be made but they both suck on D. Jv is the anchor. Demar has some physical potential to be better. I'm not sure jv does outside of certain matchups and I'm not sure either jv or demar have the bball IQ to improve reads/positioning.
        I'm more interested to find solutions of how to improve the team than I am in favouring an individual on the team or winning an argument.
        When I posted video breakdown of noel, it includes highlights and lowlights. I'm very skeptical that a deal gets done for good reason but I'm also desperate to improve our team. IMO we need more talent/improve fit and it's very hard to acquire.

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        • Lupe wrote: View Post
          Right now our best lineup that plays a lot of minutes every game is our starters with Siakam swapped out for 2Pat so Lowry-DeMar-Carroll-2Pat-Valanciunas. +33.4 netRTG, 3 points higher than the Lowry+Bench unit.

          However when you swap out JV for Bebe and Carroll for Powell you get a +69.9 netRTG.

          Also our starters with JV replaced for Bebe (Lowry-DD-Carroll-Siakam-Bebe) have a +41.8 netRTG.

          Pretty hard to say those latter two units aren't "playing against starters", and they have the highest netRTGs of our 11 most used lineups. Small sample size at this point in the season though.
          Very small sample for lineup #2.
          Everybody wants norm and Pat to start (I think?). That kinda makes siakam and Carroll scola starters.
          Which questions to a degree the merit of a starter and matchups. Most of the time the starters are the best players but we have a great bench and they are playing meaningful minutes vs our opponents. Our team has played 1200 mins and 250 mins of that belong to the starters as a unit. Somewhere in those 1000 mins I gotta assume that our backups have played vs the top players in the sport and succeeded. I think it's reductive to blame all the problems of the starters on siakam or reduce the accomplishments of our backups to inferior competition. Some of that is happening and some of it is problems with all of our players and our system. Some of it is just other teams are better or better that night.

          That said, I blame jv 😉

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          • Chr1s1anL wrote: View Post
            You make it seem like he is just playing decent. The guy was leading the league in Net rating and leading the team Def rating. So far his short sample size shows his the best back up Center in the league.

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            Yeah, and it is great to have the best backup C in the league. It doesn't mean he should start though.
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            • Lupe wrote: View Post
              Right now our best lineup that plays a lot of minutes every game is our starters with Siakam swapped out for 2Pat so Lowry-DeMar-Carroll-2Pat-Valanciunas. +33.4 netRTG, 3 points higher than the Lowry+Bench unit.

              However when you swap out JV for Bebe and Carroll for Powell you get a +69.9 netRTG.

              Also our starters with JV replaced for Bebe (Lowry-DD-Carroll-Siakam-Bebe) have a +41.8 netRTG.

              Pretty hard to say those latter two units aren't "playing against starters", and they have the highest netRTGs of our 11 most used lineups. Small sample size at this point in the season though.
              All those lineups are super small samples. Which is what I was saying upthread - the only argument that BeBe has proven he can start relies on ridiculously small samples, while with Pat we have two seasons of significant minutes playing against opposing starters and all variety of opposing teams. Those lineups you quote, neither has played over 25 minutes or in more than 6 games, meaning not only is the sample completely unreliable due to size, but also due to lack of variance in competition. Large samples put players against all varieties of matchups, including tough matchups. Put those BeBe starting lineups into this game against Howard and the overall numbers for them would level out quick.

              The fact they've been used so little is also commentary on what Casey thinks - he clearly recognizes he is better off with Pat than Siakam (same for Scola last year) which is why Pat gets such a huge sample of minutes with the starters even when he doesn't start. Can't say the same for BeBe - even Casey recognizes that he's better off playing JV against starters, so he doesn't give BeBe many minutes with the starting or closing lineups, unless he's riding the bench with a lead.
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              • This thread should have a poll, pull together 4-5 of the most popular options.
                "We're playing in a building." -- Kawhi Leonard

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                • Make sure "Play Orlando" is one of the choices
                  Two beer away from being two beers away.

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                  • Good defense two games in a row. nice lol. How'd the raps manage a good defense without Patterson tonight? Missed the game.

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                    • ogi wrote: View Post
                      Good defense two games in a row. nice lol. How'd the raps manage a good defense without Patterson tonight? Missed the game.
                      they played brooklyn lol

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                      • ogi wrote: View Post
                        Good defense two games in a row. nice lol. How'd the raps manage a good defense without Patterson tonight? Missed the game.
                        They played the Nets.
                        If we knew half as much about coaching an NBA team as we think, we"d know twice as much as we do.

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                        • 3inthekeon wrote: View Post
                          They played the Nets.
                          Haha fair enough. But the defense without patterson on is pretty trash against anyone.

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                          • ogi wrote: View Post
                            Haha fair enough. But the defense without patterson on is pretty trash against anyone.
                            Except Brooklyn
                            OG is our king

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                            • ogi wrote: View Post
                              Haha fair enough. But the defense without patterson on is pretty trash against anyone.
                              They played Brooklyn, without Brook Lopez.
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                              • DanH wrote: View Post
                                They played Brooklyn, without Brook Lopez.
                                Yeah didnt realize lopez wasnt playing until i watched the game today

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