You're absolutely correct. There would have to be some serious shifting in the current depth chart for him to get meaningful minutes. I would expect that Marshal would have to move outside full time, Samuel would have to stay primarily in the backfield, and Brax would have to not be able to catch a ball. I love him as a player and I absolutely wouldn't count him out, but those seem like long odds.
+1 for you. Thank you for fixing that for me.
I should throw in a disclaimer before people start jumping on the obvious flaws in my post: I'm aware that all these guys will get plenty of reps during the course of a game, are unlikely to be considered "subs", and will likely not see the field in the 4th quarter of any blow out... I just like the imagery of our second unit burning the rest of the B10 to the ground.
Disclaimer 2: I'm making the assumption that Brax will start at H. He's a 5th year senior who has poured his heart and soul into OSU and even if he doesn't get the lion's share of reps at the position, he will be listed as the "starter" and he will be on the field for the first play of every game. He deserves that much.
I can't wait for this series as I think the two teams are incredibly evenly matched.
MVP candidate: LeBron/Curry - check
Sharp-shooting, high-scoring, all-star running mate: Irving/Thompson - check
Defensive pest that can hit the open three: Shumpert/Barnes - check
High energy big that rebounds and pisses the other team off: Thompson/Green - check
Neanderthal rim protector who can score if we really need him to... but we don't really need him to: Mozgov/Bogut - check
Veteran bench player who can supply points in bunches: Smith/Igodala - check
First year coach who has exceeded expectations in nearly every way: Blatt/Kerr - check
I'm pretty sure the Cavs are playing themselves...
Agreed. Other people in my family act like its the greatest show since Legend of the Hidden Temple, and I'm just like
Delly, and I don't think it is even that close. While I love him, Craft hasn't shown that he can defend anyone above the D-league level while Delly just spent game 6 making Derick Rose his bitch defensively. While I'm sure Craft will eventually find a home in the league with a role very similar to Delly's, I'll take the proven commodity over the prospect any day of the week and twice on game day.
Its crazy how fast the story line goes from: "Blatt's a shitty coach! How can you not win with this team?" to "Wow, Blatt's done a great job getting this team to gel together after the trades! Not many coaches could do that. We really had some flaws as a team before the trades." to "Holy timeout, Batman! Is Blatt a moron?! He shouldn't be allowed to coach my son's youth league team!"
Maybe more people should consider that Blatt is a rookie and he'll make a few rookie mistakes. I'm sure he has some first-time-playoff jitters just like some of his players do. And maybe, just maybe, he actually falls somewhere in between the two extremes.
Blatt will be a solid to above-average coach if he is allowed time to develop, and I think that is exactly what he'll get. The front office had his back earlier in the year, and I see no reason why that should change now.
Early entries to the Draft. Sorry, should have been more specific.
I think early entries next year push the class to 24-25 guys, so I'm predicting 9-10 more:
1) Ahmir Mitchell: WR/S (I think with the pull we have at WR he winds up becoming the Safety in the class)
2) Austin Mack: WR
3) Nick Bosa: DE
4) Luke Ferrel: TE
5) Aaron Hansford: LB
6) Damar Hamlin: CB
7) Donnie Corley: WR
8) Thiyo Lakusa: OT
9) A DT to be named later (Not real confident in any of the guys we're in on right now)
10) Signing day surprise!