Originally Posted by awwsome
The player they signed doesn't fit their needs. Josh Smith is a shooter who can't shoot, not as effective at the 3 as the 4 and if they want to play him there it cuts into Drummond and Monroe's PT. Brandon Knight is about as mediocre as you can get for a PG so don't even mention that pick.
What's being bad one more year when you get a lottery pick in a loaded draft and a better free agency pool?
I don't know what the chemistry is going to be like for the starting lineup but on paper here are some facts. Josh Smith played a lot of 3 last year for the Hawks and those lineups played well. Drummond realistically probably isn't ready for 35 mpg, so Monroe can slide down to 5 and Smith can slide down to 4 for a good chunk of the time. Brandon Knight had a decent rookie year and well have a better idea of his potential once he has less responsibility - I agree tho, his future looks to be mediocre.
I'm not a ride or die fan of these moves but I do believe young players need to start building winning habits eventually. Hoping for next years lottery pick when you already have 4 or 5 youngsters on your team is risky. Monroe needs to start playing in real games. Same with Knight and Drummond.
Will this move workout? Idk probably not- getting to contender status isn't easy but I'm okay with taking a risk when you already have a couple players with high ceilings on the team. Monroe, AD and KCP. They could be like the Pacers soon.
Now the Bucks on the other hand is an example of a team that's happy with the 8th seed forever. That's straight stupidity.