2019 NBA Catch-All - The Year The Process Pays Off?

That is true Saric is better for them than Gibson, good point. Covington I think is a bit overrated but I hope he does well with the Wolves.

11 contests in, It appears Melo May have played his last in Houston. I was definitely not expecting that outcome.

He's been pretty terrible for a few years now. I was surprised that Houston saw any value in bringing him aboard.

That’s crushing considering they let guys like Ariza go in order to make room for him.

For anyone who missed the Brook Lopez show last night. What a steal on a $3M contract. Currently #5 in the NBA in made 3s (42%+ shooting) and the Bucks have gone from one of the worst rebounding teams to one of the best. His on/off numbers are excellent. One of the most unselfish team rebounders in the league. Again, $3M. Biyambo is hauling in $17M to barely play in Charlotte.

On/Off: https://www.basketball-reference.com...

Thanks for the heads up. I'd been wondering why the Bucks are so good. That's insane. Averaging 3PA than rebounds? He's basically a stretch 5?

It's funny, because in last year's version of NBA 2k people who would use the Lakers would pop with him and he was lights out. It was so confusing to me, because I didn't really follow him in Brooklyn, so I had no idea he was such a good shooter.

I have always thought he is underrated. Has been a plus player for a while I don’t know why teams have shuffled him around so much.

He became a plus 3p shooter his last year in Brooklyn.

DSGamer wrote:

Thanks for the heads up. I'd been wondering why the Bucks are so good. That's insane. Averaging 3PA than rebounds? He's basically a stretch 5?

It's funny, because in last year's version of NBA 2k people who would use the Lakers would pop with him and he was lights out. It was so confusing to me, because I didn't really follow him in Brooklyn, so I had no idea he was such a good shooter.

Rebounding wise, people who just look at old school raw numbers will say how terrible he is. A simple Google search brings up plenty of examples. The thing is, every team he has been on, the team rebounding has improved, often drastically, especially when he is on the court. Nets fans kept telling Bucks fans this on the RealGM boards after MKE signed him. Having watched all their games so far, I see why. He boxes out like a demon, creating space for others to get the ball. He rarely chases himself. Giannis is over 15 boards a game. Ilyasova has also been a big help on the boards, and they have big and/or athletic guards that hit the glass.

The biggest reason they are so good is they went from a bottom 5 coach in Kidd (perhaps worst) to a top 5 coach in Bud. Their acquisitions are directly tied to Budz' system. Oh, and they have a system. Work smarter. Giannis and Middleton went from near the tops in the league in minutes to getting lots of rest (helps to blow teams out, too). Players are used smarter on both ends. Maker and Delly rarely play (thank goodness).

They have the toughest schedule in the league so far (or 2nd) with the best Net Rating and point differential in the league.

Ariza leaving definitely wasn’t a result of Melo coming. Melo only got 2.4 million, which may be the vet minimum for him, which wouldn’t have been sufficient to keep Ariza. Unless I’m mistaken, they couldn’t sign Capela to his big deal and also keep Ariza at 15 million. They let Mbah a Moute walk due to concerns for his shoulder.

Good point. I have the sequence of events wrong there. I totally forgot there was a whole thing with Ariza seeking a big payday.

Does anyone have a subscription to the Athletic and what do you think of it? ESPN just keeps getting worse and really their only worthwhile basketball writer since their big layoffs is Zach Lowe. I really don't know who told them people just want pages and pages full of 30 second video clips, but I guess that is cheaper for them to produce than paying people to write.

Saw an ad for 3 months of Athletic for $1 or maybe $1 each month. Thinking it's worth sampling for that cheap.

Well Golden State sure put brought my Raptors optimism down to Earth a bit. No Steph, no Draymond, Klay cold but Durant is unstoppable and puts up 51, Valuncianus is unplayable even with those absences, and Toronto only just ekes out the win in the end.

Really fun game though. I can't get enough of Pascal Siakam.

Yeah, that was a scary game. I'm enjoying Siakam but I can't stop watching Kawhi man... hopefully he peaks during the playoffs!