This makes me jealous (Raptors roster)

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  1. Ed O

    Ed O Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    I don't know how well all those guys mesh together, but it's pretty obvious the blueprint they're going for, and that length is a lot more appealing to me than 6'3"-6'5" small forwards, which is what Portland seems to be stuck on.
     
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    Sheed, Grant, Sabas, Pippen, Smith

    all long
     
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    Natebishop3 Don't tread on me!

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    Here’s the problem…. I don’t see an alpha dog on that team. I don’t see a superstar. All the length in the world is fine, but you need a guy who is THE guy. That’s what we were missing on that 99-00 blazers team. You put Dame on that team and we win one or two rings.
     
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    That was my first thought. That is the kind of team you surround Dame with.
     
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    ftfy
     
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  7. speeds

    speeds $2.50 highball, $1.50 beer Staff Member Administrator GFX Team

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    speeds $2.50 highball, $1.50 beer Staff Member Administrator GFX Team

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    Overall I would agree that Siakam and FVV are secondary stars. Trades aside the Raps are banking on Barnes, who talks incessantly about wanting to be the best player on Earth.
     
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    Natebishop3 Don't tread on me!

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    Yeah if you guys get Durant you have a good shot.
     
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    Natebishop3 Don't tread on me!

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    I haven’t watched enough of Barnes to have an opinion. Do you see him as a 25ppg guy?
     
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    speeds $2.50 highball, $1.50 beer Staff Member Administrator GFX Team

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    Yes. He has the tools to be a physically dominant triple-threat point-foward like Antetokounmpo and Siakam. Similarly he needs to improve his jump shot just enough so that teams can't sag-off him. Years two and three he'll be hovering around 20ppg; the end of his rookie contract above 20ppg and his second contract All-Star years. One can hope!

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    GrandpaBlaze Predictions Game Master

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    Honest question: While KD is undoubtedly talented, is he a true Alpha? OKC seemed to be more Westbrook’s team. Warriors were Curry’s team. The Nets were just a mess and I saw no evidence of KD taking a lead.

    Alpha or just a really good beta?
     
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    Envious, not jealous.
     
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    Those measurements aren't accurate, Canada uses the metric system.
     
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    Natebishop3 Don't tread on me!

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    The only person who thought OKC was Westbrook's team was Westbrook. That was really the whole problem.
     
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    Curry might have still been the face of the team, but he took a back seat to Durant as the primary offensive weapon. That's a big part of Curry's greatness, being able to play either role equally well.

    Green might be the more important question mark, as he's the one directing the offense more often than not.
     
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    mook The 2018-19 season was the best I've seen

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    Length is nice. Are these guys good at hitting threes? I'm not familiar enough with their games to know. But I suspect none are as good as Dame or Ant.
    The modern game is about long wings and three point shooting. You can't look at one in a vacuum.
     
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    It can be fine if he is just a 20ppg guy. But he needs to embrace the big moments. Similar to a Mr big shot coach some team has...
     
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    speeds $2.50 highball, $1.50 beer Staff Member Administrator GFX Team

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    If the Raps get him and manage to keep FVV or Siakam he can basically do his own thing in the same way quiet Kawhi did; go out and be the best player on the court while the long term veterans on the team act as the heart and soul. Presumably this would be the same scenario in Phoenix with Paul or in Miami with Butler. The only team that needs him to be driving is the Nets!

     
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    speeds $2.50 highball, $1.50 beer Staff Member Administrator GFX Team

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    19th in threes made and 3P%. Not great, hence the Otto Porter, Jr. signing.
     

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