This is probably a little early for this, and things could change dramaticly in the next 20 or so games. However, my gut tells me that for the most part, its going to be more of the same, unless some changes are made. So rather than criticize one individual, I thought I'd just lay out the facts as I see them right now.
This is a team made up, for whatever reason, of ill fitting parts. No shock to anyone thats paying attention. So rather than review what we have, lets look at what we should have and see how that compares. First we have to decide on who were going to build around. Who is the best player on the team? Who has the potential to be an annual all star? Which player appears to be the one guy that can put the team on his back and carry it across the finish line?
Only one player leaps to my mind and thats DeMarcus Cousins. So if we can agree on that, then who should we surround him with, and what style of offense best uses his particular talents? Well, without naming names, and just referring to type and style, I think he needs a PG, (preferably, at least 6'1") that number one, can get the ball to him in the right place and at the right time. A PG that can attract the defense to him or break down the defense and dish. And, a PG that can shoot the ball efficently when open, and who thinks pass first. Yeah, a Steve Nash, John Stockton type would be just fine. A player that can average 12/14 PPG, and 7 to 9 assists a game.
At SG, (preferably,at least 6'4") we would need a guard that can first of all, shoot the ball in order to open up and spread the floor. A guard that is a capable passer, and defender. A guard capable of picking up the offense if needed, or perhaps being the second option on the team offensively. A player that can average 15/16 PPG, and on occasion give you 20 plus, but still be a complimentry player. Sort of a Scottie Pippin to Michael Jordan type of thing. And important player that realizes that he's not the most important player.
At SF (preferably, at least 6'8") we need a similiar player as our SG, but with more emphasis on defense. Someone capable of giving us good weakside defense in the post, and good defense on the perimeter. He needs to be at mininum, a 5 rebound a game guy, and also have the capability of hitting an open spot up shot. Once again, he needs to be a capable passer. Someone that can score 10 to 15 PPG efficently, without anyone noticing. Take a little bit of Artest and combine it with a little bit of Peja. Yeah, I know it doesn't grow on trees.
At PF(preferably at least 6'10") we need a player that can score in the post a little, and hit the 15 foot shot. He needs to be an aggressive rebounder, and a good post, help,and isolation defender. He also needs to be a good passer. Someone that can quietly score 10 PPG, and grab 8 boards a game. Preferably defensive rebounds! Think Maurice Lucas, if any of you can remember him. He was the yang part of the Walton/Lucas combination.
Of course at center we would have Cousins. Off the bench, and I perfer an 8 or 9 man rotation, I perfer a change of pace PG that can come in, push the ball, play good defense, and score. I like either a scoring SF or SG off the bench. Someone capable of putting up 15/18 points a game off the bench. I perfer my bench big men to be more defensive and rebounding types, that do most of their scoring off of what the perimeter players do. Their job is go in and hold down the fort for 15 MPG. If one or both can score a little, great, but mostly I want defense and rebounding and leave the scoring in the second unit up to the perimeter players.
Now thats what I would want, and I'm sure everyone has their own ideas that probably differ from mine. But I don't think the current team reflects what I would want, except for a few players. Finally, from reading some of the posts, I think there are some misconceptions about certain players numbers and accomplishments. Which I'll see if I can squeeze into this post. I want to compare last yr's stats with this yr's stats on certain players.
I. Thomas: Last year: 25:30 MPG - 8.8 shots per game - 44.8% FGP - 37.9% 3PP - 11.5 PPG - 4.1 APG - 2.0 TO
I. Thomas: This year: 24:06 MPG - 9.2 shots per game - 45.5% FGP - 42.3% 3PP - 11.7 PPG - 1.5 APG
M. Thornton: Last year: 34:53 MPG - 15.7 shots per game - 43.8% FGP - 34.5% 3PP 18.7 PPG - 1.9 APG - 1.6 TO
M. Thornton: This year: 31:11 MPG - 15.5 shots per game - 40.9% FGP - 27.0% 3PP 16.7 PPG - 2.3 APG - 0.2 TO
T. Evans: Last year: 34.17 MPG - 14.3 shots per game - 45.3% FGP - 20.2% 3PP - 16.5 PPG - 4.5 APG - 2.7 TO - 4.6 RPG
T. Evans: This year: 34:30 MPG - 12.5 shots per game - 36.0% FGP - 12.5% 3PP - 11.8 PPG - 3.2 APG - 2.2 TO - 6.7 RPG
A. Brooks: This year: 21:18 MPG - 8.5 shots per game - 33.3% FGP - 28.6% 3PP - 6.8 PPG - 2.0 APG - 0.7 TO
J. Fredette: Last year: 18:36 MPG - 7.3 shots per game - 38.6% FGP - 36.1% 3PP - 7.6 PPG - 1.8 APG - 1.1 TO
J. Fredette: This year: 7:30 MPG - 3.2 shots per game - 56.3% FGP - 40.0 3PP - 5.0 PPG - 0.6 APG - 0.4 TO
Here are the 3pt percentages of any other players that are likely to take a 3pt shot.
If you look at just the scoring you'll notice that only two players are scoring the ball better than last season. I. Thomas and J. Fredette. Everyone else is underaccheiving. Tyreke's shooting percentages overall are terrible. Only two players are shooting over 40% from the three, and only three players are over 30%. You tell me, if your the other team, whats your defense going to look like? I'm going to pack the post to defend agains Cousins having a big game, and make the perimeter players beat me.
Now this is just a small sampling for this year, but the problem is, we weren't much better last year. We took a lot of shots, and scored a lot of points, but we wern't efficient while doing it. Tyreke isn't going to suddenly turn into an efficient scorer. Thornton is a persistent and volume shooter, but his 3 pt percentage is average at best.
The problem is, this team is made up of for the most part, with average to below average players in some capacity. If they can defend, they can't shoot. If they can shoot, they can't defend. There are few players on this team that have an all around game. Now I expect Brooks to shoot the ball better, and he should be a nice addition. But if your were drafting a team, I doubt that players like Garcia and Outlaw would be at the top of you list. No offense to them, but they should be the last player at the end of the bench on a good team.
This team is in dire need of good shooters. Without them, Cousins job is going to be a lot tougher. Why did we make no attempt to sign or trade for a solid, proven, perimeter shooter? Never mind, I know why!