From: Las Vegas
Wow, these last few games have been fun to watch. The way players have stepped up, and be honest last night, no KAT, Rudy, T Prince, Anderson, JMac (6), thats got to be 5 of the top 10, if not top 8 in rotation. Some have clearly grown their game like Naz, JMac, Knight, Garza, others just their groove and shooting stroke. But its the energy they have been bringing, and teamwork. Hopefully they can smoothily transition as the others become available.
David L, not trying to criticize just get more of your insights, but you have expressed serious doubt about Naz in the past, do you think he has made the jump a number of his team mates give him credit for? And yes, I think playing thru Ant has helped both the team and Ant immensely. Interesting to me that some saying Knight has done so well because his game is similar to Naz and Dlo and Ant get that.
Anyway, hope we take it to them Wednesday.
Yeah. He's made a very big jump. The biggest thing for me is he isn't settling for 3s. He's driving/rolling hard to the basket. And he's improved his body so much, that he's significantly faster and more agile than he's been.
It's what both Naz and Knight are doing so well. They're moving towards the basket without the ball and giving all the guards a much better target than what thy were getting from Gobert and KAT.
Naz still isn't a good defender (outside of shot blocking), but he has a lot of value. So we're bound to lose him after this year (if he isn't traded before the deadline).
How much can you pay a 3rd big when the 2 guys ahead of him are signed long-term for around 90M/year?
That's why its vital that Knight continue to improve so he can be the likely low cost Naz replacement.