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I'm hoping we still try and sign or trade for a starting calibre PG.

We then dangle Knight in front of a few teams to see if we can get some value. If there's nothing going, then keep him around and hope he serves as a decent back-up.

I'm not a fan of Booker with play-making duties, it takes a lot away from his game. It might work at some points when we're playing a line up that gives some spacing on the court. But I don't want us relying on Booker as the ball-handler.
 

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Good signs. The fans are buying into the season.
 

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I'm hoping we still try and sign or trade for a starting calibre PG.

We then dangle Knight in front of a few teams to see if we can get some value. If there's nothing going, then keep him around and hope he serves as a decent back-up.

I'm not a fan of Booker with play-making duties, it takes a lot away from his game. It might work at some points when we're playing a line up that gives some spacing on the court. But I don't want us relying on Booker as the ball-handler.
Can’t see who Knight is going to get us though. Either go hard at a Kemba Walker or sign a guy like Beverley or Van Vleet for a nice price, although feel like the latter will be overpaid
 

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I'm really liking the look of Bridges and Okobo.

Both aren't lighting the world on fire going by the stat sheets but they're taking good shots and showing some good things.

Okobo bit stiff with his assist numbers, counted a lot of uncounted assists because players couldn't finished.

Ayton doing ok but isn't setting the world on fire. Shows some lapses in fundamentals and awkward positioning.
 

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Ok boys. Finally watched both games.

Firstly, it’s great to see Igor and the whole coaching staff down there. Very impressed by this and ditto Booker actively supporting. Great stuff.

Like the movement on offence which Igor has obviously drummed in during his brief time with squad. Good activity on defence as well.

Ayton: What a freak athlete. Grabbed boards he had no right to get but needs to get some mongrel into him. Can’t play from behind as often as he is. Every time he got the ball on the low block something good happened. This will be easier in the season as spacing will be far better so he’ll be able to get more catches. Like his face up game. Good shooting form. He’ll just need to stay out of foul trouble to average a double double. However if he’s willing to get into it, he’ll be a 20/12 guy. Booker would be good for 3 lobs a game to him.

Okobo: Like his passing and that quick release jumper off the dribble.

Bridges: Uber impressive. Great stroke and ball pressure. Has clearly skipped leg day in the gym but it worked out ok for Tyson Chandler. Will love having him in PJ Tucker’s corner for 3 balls.

Reed: Also impressive. Strong body and that 3 ball clip should see him get some minutes.

Jackson: One minute he looks like a blue chip stud and the next he looks putrid. Still looks to be playing out of control. I do think he’ll benefit immensely from better spacing as he’s a great cutter and can finish strongly.

Bender: Ugh. Not good. At all. Only time he looks ok is getting a defensive board and giving the outlet pass. He’s reasonable defensively but offensively he just looks confused or scared or both. Right now he’s a massive bust. Would prefer Dudley to get back up 4 mins over Bender. If Igor can turn him into a role player he is a coaching genius.

I think we’ll be fun to watch this year with those guys going forward but still a long way off (based on 2 Summer League games) from contesting for an 8th seed
 

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Ayton is improving every game. I thought today was going to be a test against Bamba as he is long, but no worries!

Ayton gets everything in the flow of the offence. So good. His defence is nowhere near as bad as people were making it out to be pre draft also.

Shaq is going nicely and omitted him from my post earlier. Solid defence and seems to run the offence well. Very quick. Just a consistent jump shot away from being right there.

Also as a collective, this defence in Summer League is pretty good. Keeping teams to low scores. Dallas got 19 offensive boards against us in Game 1.
 

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Ayton is improving every game. I thought today was going to be a test against Bamba as he is long, but no worries!

Ayton gets everything in the flow of the offence. So good. His defence is nowhere near as bad as people were making it out to be pre draft also.

Shaq is going nicely and omitted him from my post earlier. Solid defence and seems to run the offence well. Very quick. Just a consistent jump shot away from being right there.

Also as a collective, this defence in Summer League is pretty good. Keeping teams to low scores. Dallas got 19 offensive boards against us in Game 1.
Haven’t had time to watch the SL games. Has Jackson been as bad as I’ve been reading?
 

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Haven’t had time to watch the SL games. Has Jackson been as bad as I’ve been reading?
He seems to be forcing shots, shooting 3s off the dribble, which is probably not his strength. I understand that's something he needs to work on but he's looking terrible doing it.
 

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I love the energy this SL team has. We've got wings who are defensively sound and can hustle. Then we've got a coach who is encouraging them to do just that and it's showing in the energy on the court. Between Josh Jackson, Reed, Shaq Harrison and Bridges, I'm excited for what these guys can do this year. Ariza should definitely be able to teach those guys a thing or two.
 

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I love the energy this SL team has. We've got wings who are defensively sound and can hustle. Then we've got a coach who is encouraging them to do just that and it's showing in the energy on the court. Between Josh Jackson, Reed, Shaq Harrison and Bridges, I'm excited for what these guys can do this year. Ariza should definitely be able to teach those guys a thing or two.
It’s infectious. Everyone appears on the same page. They are playing fun ball to watch. We’ve been waiting a while but things are finally starting to look up.
 

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First summer league game I’ve been able to watch.
Harrison clearly best on court. Drove hard and finished well,especially in the last quarter.
Reed had some nice moments with some 3s and a few good drives,definitely worth keeping on.
Bender had a mix of nice 3s and his usual short flat missed,but generally played alright.
I thought Ayton was very......meh. Looked a bit lost and I thought he could have played with a little more intensity. Seems to be only scoring on cheap open dunks under the rim. Early though
 

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Ayton seems like a catch and finish guy and not much else in SL. I haven't exactly seen any of these post moves that propelled him to #1?

Not that it matters, we won't even remember these games in 3 months.
 

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The team is coming along nicely.

Knight/Okobo/Harrison
Booker/Bridges/Daniels
Jackson/Warren/Reed
Ariza/Bender/Chriss
Ayton/Holmes/Chandler
 

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The team is coming along nicely.

Knight/Okobo/Harrison
Booker/Bridges/Daniels
Jackson/Warren/Reed
Ariza/Bender/Chriss
Ayton/Holmes/Chandler
Pretty encouraging to think that we’d potentially have Harrison,Bridges, Warren,Bender/Chriss and Holmes as a bench rotation lineup. That’s almost a starting lineup for us last year
 
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