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  • #31
    Joey wrote: View Post
    And the answer to this thread is the definitely TWolves. Fills gaps and adds crazy depth... and well.. KAT.
    It's Denver..... how is nobody seeing how good Denver's team fixes our holes & would be deadly on the court together.


    PG: Lowry, Nelson, Wright, Murray, FVV, Morris, Mudiay. That's quite a few floor generals & each gives us a solid player except maybe Mudiay. Even then, the Nuggets have a great PG core that meshes nicely with ours.

    SG: Derozan, Powell, Harris, Barton, Craig, Beasley. Just looking at the 1st 4 names, that's a formidable group of guys. Both Harris & Barton are underrated SG's with either providing you with scoring & defense, much like Powell already does. This also allows us to go small at the 3 very very easily.

    SF: Chandler, Miles, McKinnie, Anunoby, Caboclo. Wilson Chandler gives us that SF the Raptors really lack in terms of size. Meanwhile, we give the Nuggets SF depth, something they actually lack.

    PF: Ibaka, Millsap, Faried, Siakam, Hermangomez, Arthur, Lydon. Ibaka & Millsap alone is scary..... add in a solid vet & a both of young depth in just really nice, like what we'd have at PG.

    C: Jokic, Valanciunas, Poeltl, Noguiera, Plumlee, Hibbert. Jokic alone makes the Raptors better.... and we all know how JV plays when he's the 6th man. Poeltl would be no slouch as the third C either... the other big men meanwhile could go out there and help us hack the worst FT shooter on a bad team.

    Imagine the lineup combos here.... the possibilities on both ends, the offense & defense. We could trot out a Lowry-DeRozan-Chandler-Ibaka-Jokic starting 5 with just Murray-Barton-Miles-Millsap-Valanciunas off the bench and that alone would probably be good enough to stop most teams including the Cavs & possibly the Warriors. The Nuggets provide us with solid 3 point shooting, defense & a true two way SF along with tons of depth everywhere. People always think it's the starting 5 that helps a team win games..... meanwhile, it's been our bench that's helped the Raptors kick ass. The Nuggets have learned this & I have no doubt they'll be a playoff team barring any serious injuries this upcoming season.
    Axel wrote:
    Now Cody can stop posting about this guy and we have a poster to blame if anything goes wrong!!
    KeonClark wrote:
    We won't hear back from him. He dissapears into thin air and reappears when you least expect it. Ten is an enigma. Ten is a legend. Ten for the motherfucking win.
    KeonClark wrote:
    I can't wait until the playoffs start.

    Until then, opinions are like assholes. Everyone has one and they most often stink

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    • #32
      golden wrote: View Post
      When a team can play 5-out, it negates the impact of a rim-protecting big man - we saw that with Rudy Gobert in the playoffs. So, basically you need Embiid to completely dominate his matchup with Draymond on both ends.... but you're at a disadvantage trading 2's for 3's on offense, even though Embiid CAN hit 3's - it's not his strength. So then it also comes down to Embiid's ability to guard Draymond on the perimeter, in which case you probably have better choices on defense.
      I view it the same way. Someone else brought up Shaq and Hakeem -- great, legendary players. But you still have the same disadvantage. They'd dominate the post, but that's about it. And it's not like as if no one ever scored in the paint while these guys were defending it. Some people have made some intriguing scenarios and I do like the direction Philly is heading but this Warriors team is too good at this point.
      your pal,
      ebrian

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