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  1. Noah Vonleh 2018-2019 Season Outlook

    Yes. He got plenty of opportunity. Look at his breakdown year on year. First season in Portland, after 2 preseasons and one full season in the NBA, he played sub 20 mins per game with a few starts here and there. Fair enough he was still developing both mentally but physically he was ready for a role by the time he was in Portland. Second season in Portland: Started 41 games, averaged 22min/game in the starting unit, post ASB averaged 25 min/game. Third season in Portland: Averaged over 20 min/game at the start of the season for Portland then disappeared. Traded to Chicago and same thing. Averaged over 20/game and disappeared. Couldn't secure a backup role in Chicago even though Portis has the interior defensive presence of a wet paper towel. Because Leonard was actually giving Stotts what he wanted out of the PF spot with floor spacing and rebounding. Regardless it wasn't like Leonard was all of a sudden a 30 min/game player. Both Vonleh and Leonard both hovered around the same playing time during Vonleh's time there and surprise surprise, neither were consistent. I'd agree with this, Portland were definitely trying to win, but it wasn't like Vonleh wasn't given a chance. Aminu and Harkless were just better and deserved the time. Like I said talent isn't the issue. It's consistent production. Something that Vonleh hasn't shown the ability to give so far in his career.
  2. Noah Vonleh 2018-2019 Season Outlook

    He was drafted by Charlotte. I disagree Portland gave him PLENTY of opportunity over his years there but he never showed an ability to consistently produce. He was routinely outplayed by Harkless and Ed Davis and couldn't even lock down a consistent backup role on a team that was screaming for some production from a big off the bench. IMO the worst indictment of his lack of development is that not one but two teams have cut ties with him for cents on the dollar. He's been traded for cash considerations twice. It's been mentioned repeatedly that he's still young and while true I'm not holding my breath he suddenly develops consistency. I hope it happens, the Knicks could really use a player like him even when Porzingis comes back, but his body of work up until this point says otherwise.
  3. Marvin Bagley III 2018-2019 Season Outlook

    Trending up. A big caveat is needed here though: the Warriors are absolute trash inside the paint this season without Draymond. He'll even with Green their interior def isn't a whole lot better. Teams have been eating in the paint against them all season. The mins are a good sign though. Shame about that missed tip.
  4. Noah Vonleh 2018-2019 Season Outlook

    I can't agree with that. Vonleh has had an incredible amount of opportunities. The problem for him is he's insanely inconsistent and nobody really knows why. He's always shown the ability to stretch the floor, he's always had good shot blocking instincts, he's always shown good rebounding prowess. The issue is that he can just completely disappear on any given night. Hopefully he's starting to figure it out. He's only 23 but so far this season he's been exactly who I thought he was, a roller coaster player in terms of fantasy production.
  5. Cedi Osman 2018-2019 Season Outlook

    Definitely. This guy is perfect waiver pickup for those in punt-efficiency builds.
  6. John Collins 2018-2019 Season Outlook

    He's looking like a poor man's Blake Griffin at the moment with the way he's being used. Guard-like skills in a big.
  7. Mikal Bridges 2018-19 Season Outlook

    I'm rolling the dice in my roto league. This could be a high scoring game and I think Bridges will get at least 25min of burn regardless of whether or not this turns into a blowout.
  8. Derrick Rose 2018-2019 Season Outlook

    I'm a believer in his jumpshot improvement. I think it's legit. It's still a bit flat but whatever, it's going in. If JKidd can discover a jumpshot late in his career then why not Rose. Like you said he looks explosive again attacking the rim which is the best thing to see. Those crazy jerky herky D.Rose layups from Chicago are back but just a bit stiffer/not as high or quick. Basically just older lol.
  9. John Collins 2018-2019 Season Outlook

    Looking really comfortable shooting those 3s.
  10. Marvin Bagley III 2018-2019 Season Outlook

    I hope they keep Bogdanovic and Bagley together in the second unit. They've already got some good chemistry going and it's only been 3 games. They could be a real killer combo to bring in against other bench mobs.
  11. Marvin Bagley III 2018-2019 Season Outlook

    Isn't it a 1st round swap with Philly? Even if it is that's probably just as bad considering Philly are looking to push for a top 4 seed in the East. The pick thing makes that Yahoo article seem even weirder. If the front office are pushing for this season to be a development year, and if the rhetoric about changing this consistently losing franchise towards a winning culture is true, then why ostracize your current head coach now when he has the team winning? Even if they don't make the playoffs they're not playing for their own draft benefit so just go out and win. Bagley will get his in due time.
  12. Mikal Bridges 2018-19 Season Outlook

    Not a problem. I don't think Phoenix will come anywhere near a playoff spot this season or next so I think they can afford to be patient with the development of their wings. I could be completely wrong though if this coach really gets Booker to buy into getting the rest of the team involved and Ayton starts showing some consistent rim protection. They've already got good defense on the wings so it's really in the middle and with their ball handling they need to lock it down. Bridges looks like the type of player that won't need high usage to be really fantasy relevant so hopefully he gets the 25+ mins a night regardless of starting or not.
  13. Mikal Bridges 2018-19 Season Outlook

    I think Watson really messed with Phoenix's young guys. He basically pandered to the them and let them run riot in an almost uncontrolled way which can set bad habits. There's no development in an uncontrolled track meet of a game. I used the example of Trevor Ariza in a response to somebody else and I think the same can be applied here. Jackson is a hothead who is lacking bball IQ and tries to play outside of his current skills but so did Ariza at one stage. There's upside and room to grow there and considering the finances I don't know why Phoenix wouldn't persevere at least for another 2 seasons.
  14. Mikal Bridges 2018-19 Season Outlook

    No doubt Jackson has deficiencies in his game but that's expected. He's only a sophomore so calling him out for being inefficient at this stage in his career I think is unfair. Nobody thought Jaylen Brown would make the jump he did last season with his ball handling and shooting. Trevor Ariza was an inefficient chucker and improved. If he's still horrible in 3-4 years time then for sure but right now he's athletic, has shown potential as a lock down defender, and has shown potential for an rounded offensive game. Phoenix would be crazy to cut ties now. I think the only thing that makes Phoenix want to cut ties early is the other thing you touched on. Jackson definitely comes across as a bit of an idiot but so was Artest and in the NBA talent and production trump personality. Unless Jackson really screws up they'll keep the faith while keeping the PR division on defcon 1.
  15. Mikal Bridges 2018-19 Season Outlook

    I agree with most of this but what makes you think they're not invested in both Mikal and Jackson? They've got both players locked up for at least the next 3 seasons very cheaply, basically paying 9-12 mil for both per season over the next 3, and should they trade Ariza closer to the deadline then they have a genuine 3 man rotation in Warren, Bridges and Jackson at the 3 and 4 spots that is both young, has a lot of room for growth, and cap friendly. It seems franchises priorities defensive wings and back themselves in to develop their offensive games much more readily than the other way around and Phoenix have that with both Jackson and Mikal.