How would you feel if I told you them basketballs were partly made in China?Quote: ZenKinG
I'm a Minnesota guy. You lost me at Kris Dunn. There's a reason he was a throwaway in that trade and why he didn't get meaningful minutes in Minnesota (he was demoted to 3rd string) despite them envisioning him as the starting point guard and badly wanting him to replace Rubio. He cannot shoot.....at all....at all! Good defender, not nearly as explosive as Rose was have no idea where that comparison comes from. They may have given up too quickly on Dunn but he was given every chance to have minutes until mid season and just did not appear capable of contributing at all on the offensive end. Lavine is a good piece, how quickly he regains his athleticism is a concern for the first half of next year and therefore this years win total. While he had one of the quickest first steps in the league and can shoot, Lavine has been just an awful defender unwilling to guard anyone (should have the ability to). That win total is very low, but they have every appearance of being the worst team in the league.
Markannen and Mirotic have similar skill sets, Markannen is a bit more of a pure shooter and Mirotic is more adequate inside and rebounding but it's extremely unlikely for them to both do what you are saying they will at the same time, ones success will likely hamper the others. Likely the rookie is a bench player unless/until Mirotic is traded. Wade is frankly irrelevant to winning in todays NBA at this point in his career unless he is a bench player. He looks completely out of place in an NBA that demands more all around play and spacing (he has never been an adequate shooter or defender and the legs are gone.)
I'm not saying they can't win 22 games, that's a low number, but this team has all the appearances of the worst in the league and there is no path to 30 wins here, not a chance. It's probably about right. Even if your optimistic outlook on the new pieces is right in the end, the Minnesota pieces are unlikely to be a significant source of wins this year. It's a homer pick, not a lock.
I wouldn't call it the lock of the century, but I think this bet has some value. I've been debating it since the lines came out. I'm shocked the Warriors over is the previously long standing NBA record for wins. I think the Knicks over has value, as well.
How would you feel if I told you them basketballs were partly made in China?
Lets consider both Lock and Century to be exaggerations and call it more along the lines of Best Bet and Summer. To be better than Mayweather at -450 would be full Kelly says to bet 30% of your bankroll on this. What fraction of that are you going to bet, ZK?