Primary Concerns Going Into 2017 Season

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Re: Primary Concerns Going Into 2017 Season

Post by cowens/oldschool on Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:34 am

dboss wrote:mulcogiseng

You flipped the script and I am going to follow right along behind you because every coin has two sides.

Yes I have concerns about some things and none of them have been completely dispelled by the comments I have read thus far.  But let me share with you a few positives that I also recognize.

Danny has significantly upgraded this team despite the players that are gone.  One thing in particular is the fact that we have more players that can create off the dribble.  Last year we had one.  IT and to a lesser degree Bradley.  What we have in Irving and Hayward are two players with complete offensive weaponry.  They can attack from all three areas because they can create their own shots or create for their teammates.  They shoot the deep ball with confidence either off the dribble but also in catch and shoot situations.  They both can get to the rim and finish with either hand.  They are both excellent free throw shooters and they both have  great size for their respective positions.  

But it does not end their.  If you check out some film on Morris you will also see that he too can take his man off the dribble and create shots.  Last year we did not have a big with that level of fluidity.

Danny drafted Tatum.  While just a rookie his skill level is suited for the NBA and in particular the Boston Celtics.  He too can create his own shot and facilitate the offense.

Rosier is another player that can handle the ball.  I would bet that being around Kyrie he is going to learn from one of the best ball handling PG's in the NBA.  Jaylen Brown continues to improve his ball handling skills and as we saw last year it makes him a constant threat to take his man off the dribble and get to the hoop and Smart rarely gets the ball taken from him.

The overall ball handling skills on this team has improved dramatically.  This ability is one of the reasons why Golden State is virtually impossible to stop on offense.

Finding the right chemistry is a natural process that this team must go through.  It could take a bit longer because of the number of new players that must fit in.

I do not think Brad will have any problem with his starting unit.  The rotation players will get their chance but guys like Smart, Brown and Rosier already know the system.  Either Smart or Brown will probably be in the starting unit.  Tatum is a high end young talent and I have the feeling that he is going to be in the mix from the beginning.  Baynes is a veteran and an effective P N R guy who will become a darling of Celtics fans.  He sets some mean picks.

There are so many options that it is hard to keep track.  Shane Larkin played 78 games last year for the nets and shot 36% from deep.  I like that.  Our International guys like Yabusele and theis bring talent to the table.  Nader the forgotten man is another wing (SF) that established himself in the G-league averaging 21 per game and shooting 35% from deep.  The upgraded Crowder (Semi Ojeleye) shot over 40% from deep in college.

This team has more wings than a large order from Hooters!

This team is easily 12 deep where I think every single player can be plugged in and contribute.

If someone does not perform up to standard there is another wing waiting in the wings to step in.


I'm rooting hard for Nadar too, hes got an NBA body and can drive strong and shoot, ofcourse the big million dollar question is can it translate to this level? and the case is the same for Yabu and Theis too. Should be interesting, Danny obviously thinks 6'7"-6'8" do it all wing players are the new vogue of the league and he plans on using them at the 2 and 4 to win matchups, if everyone is who we want them to be, we will have a ton of productive depth and should be able to out uptempo teams and move the ball for open looks and drives all night long. Can we rebound enough? we shall see.

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Re: Primary Concerns Going Into 2017 Season

Post by KyleCleric on Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:59 am

I'm not sure if Nader is quick enough on D to play perimeter oriented offensive players or the size/rebounding for the stretch 4. I'm hoping but I've more faith in Theis (quickly) or Semi (less quickly) translating to the NBA.


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Re: Primary Concerns Going Into 2017 Season

Post by k_j_88 on Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:28 pm

From what I can see, defense is the only glaring weakness. We don't know how well this team will rebound, so that remains an x-factor. I think we'll shoot better from 3PT range, however. There's just better shooters on this team this year.

I think that late-game execution will also be much-improved. Having guys like Kyrie and Gordon who can handle, play isolation, and get a shot off from anywhere is going to manifest itself early on.


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