We don't really have a real halfcourt scoring threat outside of Brook. I firmly believe if they were able to land PG this offseason they would be a playoff team. Lonzo is going to be great off the bat but when teams force them to slow it down and execute in the halfcourt I have serious concerns.
I'm not a big believer in building an offense around ONE guy who can score in the half court. Too easy to defend unless they are generational talents. I believe that Luke wants to build the offense around ball movement and sharing so that instead of one pass that gets the ball to a player to execute elite ball handling or post moves, you have elite court vision, basketball IQ and passing that finds every player in position to make BASIC, fundamental basketball plays.
Great passing, ball movement and team work trumps elite 1-on-5 basketball, IMHO.
Luke, IMHO, is a lot like Phil in his philosophy: mediocre players who "think" the game at an elite/other-worldly level. See BOS and Brad Stevens. IMHO, Luke would rather have a team full of players that just want to play the game the right way over a stacked team of me-first players.
If we do, it'll be somewhere between the 6-8 seed... That's a very big IF.
I saw maybe 30 games to completion last season. The only problem with their offense is that their not looking to score enough points inside the paint.
Their defense is so painfully bad, there are high school teams that play better defense than them. The utter lack of fundamentals is mind boggling and really discouraging. They don't do the simplest things. Example: Damian Lillard walks it down the court, and has a screen set for him. Randle doesn't shout out the pick, and he sort of just stands there as Lillard will blow by everyone and get an easy bucket. Completely uncontested. And then he looks so angry when the assistants get on his case about it, as if his offensive game justified it (it did not last season).
And what's sad is that it doesn't even have to be someone as good as Lillard. Pretty much any guard that has screens set for him will get wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide open uncontested shots. The Lakers do not close out at all. And I don't know if it's because of lack of effort or they genuinely don't know what defense is.
Screens also. Allowed a lot of 1-on1 play because we couldn't figure out how to do the little things to help each other out. I think we added 6 players who just exemplify Team Work and who just flat out get it.
All of these guys just want to make a difference and are willing to do the little things to help the TEAM be better. IMHO, these guys appear to be more coachable in demeanor and less egocentric than the guys we lost (Russell, Young, Lou).
If we can get Randle to buy in, this team will overachieve by a LOT. If he doesn't, that's what trades are there for.