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  1. 2017-2018 Heat Regular Season Thread

    JJ has been just fine. It took him a while but hes found his place in the league and I think hes second only to Dragic when it comes to his value to this team. Hes not going anywhere anytime soon. Waiters on the other hand is really having a tough time. Still there's no reason to believe Riley would look to move him. Scoring guards that can't score don't have a whole lot of value and despite his struggles he gives the Heat someone that can create a shot out of nothing.
  2. Winslows Development

    For guys like Cole and Napier it was always going to be a tough road. Winslow has the physical makeup so its more a matter of figuring out how to use his body to create that separation and shield the ball. I'm confident he'll figure it out. Most every kid that's not an explosive athlete has a hard time and the only remedy seems to be experience.
  3. The Official Dion Waiters Thread

    When he was out there with Winslow and Whiteside I could sympathize a bit, but these last few games the Heat are pretty much playing 5 out and he still isn't getting to the rim. There is just no way to justify taking that many fadeaway 20-25 ft shots. Even if hes not getting the calls hes got to put the head down and force the issue sometimes.
  4. HEAT 105 - Spurs 117 Game Recap

    Dragic is an irreplaceable player on this roster. So while it would be great if he could defend at a high level its not like Spoelstra is going to turn the offense over to TJ. He has turned it over to JJ before but that's not a long term solution to anything. At SG there are options.
  5. 2017-2018 NBA Season

    The Nets have put together a group that just two years ago would have looked pretty awesome. Russell, Okafor, Carroll, and Crabbe.
  6. HEAT 105 - Spurs 117 Game Recap

    Its great that he hit the shots but the degree of difficulty is way too high for him to repeat this performance on a regular basis. Hes taking shots that are going to go in about a third of the time....that's just not good basketball. I get that you're always going to get some of this with Waiters and its great that hes capable of hitting a fadaway three and confident enough to take the shot when the game is on the line. But this team has been brutal on the offensive end for most of the season and a big part of that is the guy taking the most shots being the least effective scorer. If he can't find a way to get to the rim then the team is better off with someone who can hit the three.
  7. HEAT 105 - Spurs 117 Game Recap

    I can hate on him. I'm getting tired of seeing 90%+ of his shots being from outside 15 ft. I can understand him complaining when hes got two teammates hanging out in the paint but when hes on the floor with 4 shooters and still can't get to the rim he needs someone in his ear. Right not hes playing an inefficient game and getting inefficient results. If he was playing defense it would be a bit more palatable but he can't even fall back on that justification. Dragic has had his fair share of awful games lately but even when he can't hit a shot hes a vital part of this offense. The same cannot be said for Waiters.
  8. 2017-2018 Heat Regular Season Thread

    That 5 out lineup reminded me of the Hawks when they had it going on. The Heat could win quite a few games with that group even if they would end up getting smoked in the playoffs. I think that's the lineup Waiters belongs in, even though he was still settling for jumpers against the Spurs. Let him and JJ attack an open floor and put Ellington out there with Dragic/Whiteside. If things still aren't settled by the time White returns hes bound to get another shot at PF.
  9. 2017-2018 Heat Regular Season Thread

    It is the million dollar question. Can this team have a lineup that provides the spacing Dragic and Waiters want while being able to stop anyone on the other end? The offense started humming last season when Luke went in at PF. The closest thing the Heat have put out this season is when White started at PF but hes so skinny he gets abused by anyone with any size. The only solutions I can see with this roster are either Winslow starting to hit enough from the outside to garner some respect from defenders or the JRich/Olynyk/Whiteside frontcourt figuring out how to play passable defense.
  10. The Official Bam Adebayo Thread

    Solid efforts like that will fasttrack Bam's path back to the bench. That was an underwhelming performance to say the least. By now we all know what a young player has to do to earn playing time on this team. If hes going to be that lost on defense he'll be seeing quite a few DNPs once Whiteside returns.
  11. 2017-2018 NBA Season

    Going to have to try and catch a Jazz game......that Mitchell kid is a beast. Watching those 4th quarter highlights against the Pels brings back memories of the young DWade. The deadly offense of set a high screen and get out of the way.
  12. The Official Bam Adebayo Thread

    I don't get much of a Zo vibe from him. You'd think given how long and springy he is that he'd be more of a shot blocking threat but he isn't really. He doesn't have the feel for it. I do love the defense when hes out on the floor, even if he gets lost sometimes. It makes a big difference having someone that can defend the pick and roll.
  13. Winslows Development

    He was very available last year as well.....not an abundance of fans out there amongst NBA GMs. It is possible that he'll find his way defensively. He doesn't have the physical skills to be an elite defender but there's no reason he couldn't develop into Horford. But its not likely to happen.....just as its not all that likely that the 21 yr old Winslow becomes an elite scoring threat. I think his only place in the league is as a 6th man somewhere. If I were a young team like the Bulls I'd stay as far away from him as possible. They have a good player in Markkanen but hes always going to be a bit of a defensive liability. Eventually if they're going to win anything they'll have to pair him with someone that can protect the rim.
  14. Winslows Development

    His minutes didn't decline just because of Embiid. The only reason he hasn't been traded already is because noone wants to give anything up for him. The league has soured on players who score 18 on one end and give up 30 on the other. Particularly big men.....its just so hard to put a half way decent defense on the floor when one of your bigs doesn't defend.
  15. 2017-2018 NBA Season

    Time for Fizdale to come back home...