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SageOfZagville
11-17-2016, 11:12 AM
Apologies if this is already posted.

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18067106/zach-lowe-russell-westbrook-steven-adams-oklahoma-city-thunder-nba


Sabonis represents the possibility of a player the Thunder have searched years for: a playmaking power forward who can throw smart passes, pivot right into a killer dribble hand-off, nail 3s, post up smaller guys after switches, and drive to the rim when defenders rush to close out on him. Basically: a better Mitch McGary, without the weed.

Beyond Nick Collison, a bit player now, the Thunder bigs have been mechanical. Perhaps Sabonis can change that. He feels the game. He tells teammates where to cut before he even catches a pass. He knows where to be on defense, and he tries hard. He watches so much film, Collison had to suggest he stop before the season opener against Philly; Collison was afraid Sabonis would overwhelm himself with information, he said.

"He's an absolute sponge," Adams said of Sabonis.

He's hit 47 percent from deep on a healthy number of attempts, and he caught the Clippers -- the league's best defense so far -- by surprise with his shooting last week. Having him outside the arc helps their floor balance in transition defense, a nice side benefit with Westbrook spilling to the floor so often on drives.

The Thunder are already trying Sabonis as a stretch center in smaller lineups that open the floor for slashers like Grant: If he turns into an above-average starter, the Thunder have a very nice Sabonis-Adams frontline locked in for at least the next half-decade. That changes their franchise trajectory. If Sabonis settles in as an above-average 3-point shooter, he would also unclog the floor on offense.

The Thunder will kick the tires on similar guys over the next couple of years. The makeover won't happen fast. Hell, Sabonis is just 20, no sure bet to develop into a plus starter on a contender. Scouts are divided on whether he has enough oomph to attack off the bounce. He can't dislodge big guys on the block yet, and opponents with post games will bully him on the other end.

He will struggle chasing speedier power forwards and small-ball lineups on defense. In other words: What if Sabonis is actually a center who doesn't offer much rim protection?

Those questions take time to answer. Sabonis has shown encouraging flashes -- I'm bullish -- but flashes are momentary. Being consistently really good in the NBA is beyond most of the player population

TexasZagFan
11-17-2016, 11:50 AM
Apologies if this is already posted.

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18067106/zach-lowe-russell-westbrook-steven-adams-oklahoma-city-thunder-nba


Sabonis represents the possibility of a player the Thunder have searched years for: a playmaking power forward who can throw smart passes, pivot right into a killer dribble hand-off, nail 3s, post up smaller guys after switches, and drive to the rim when defenders rush to close out on him. Basically: a better Mitch McGary, without the weed.

Beyond Nick Collison, a bit player now, the Thunder bigs have been mechanical. Perhaps Sabonis can change that. He feels the game. He tells teammates where to cut before he even catches a pass. He knows where to be on defense, and he tries hard. He watches so much film, Collison had to suggest he stop before the season opener against Philly; Collison was afraid Sabonis would overwhelm himself with information, he said.

"He's an absolute sponge," Adams said of Sabonis.

He's hit 47 percent from deep on a healthy number of attempts, and he caught the Clippers -- the league's best defense so far -- by surprise with his shooting last week. Having him outside the arc helps their floor balance in transition defense, a nice side benefit with Westbrook spilling to the floor so often on drives.

The Thunder are already trying Sabonis as a stretch center in smaller lineups that open the floor for slashers like Grant: If he turns into an above-average starter, the Thunder have a very nice Sabonis-Adams frontline locked in for at least the next half-decade. That changes their franchise trajectory. If Sabonis settles in as an above-average 3-point shooter, he would also unclog the floor on offense.

The Thunder will kick the tires on similar guys over the next couple of years. The makeover won't happen fast. Hell, Sabonis is just 20, no sure bet to develop into a plus starter on a contender. Scouts are divided on whether he has enough oomph to attack off the bounce. He can't dislodge big guys on the block yet, and opponents with post games will bully him on the other end.He will struggle chasing speedier power forwards and small-ball lineups on defense. In other words: What if Sabonis is actually a center who doesn't offer much rim protection?

Those questions take time to answer. Sabonis has shown encouraging flashes -- I'm bullish -- but flashes are momentary. Being consistently really good in the NBA is beyond most of the player population

Domas is going to be just fine, very few rookies are All Stars in this league.