I think that the playing time they've gotten, albeit by default, is a big reason they've improved.
That certainly is a huge part of it, but Monty's reputation before coming here and the current results bear this out, is a coach who was able to get players to play within themselves. As strange as it sounds to us, apparently the average NBA player has problems realizing he sucks at certain aspects of the game. We've seen this with most players, even vets like Ariza started to play smarter with enough time under Monty.
Does that mean Monty's the guy that will take this team to a title? Probably not and I've said many times he needs to find his Tex Winter if he's going to stay long term. But he is the type of coach you want to have when you're developing players and winning games with superior coaching doesn't matter.
This team's playoff window is not today or even tomorrow. Unless Demps works some real off season magic or Gordon goes to Germany and gets some of Kobe's plasma injected in his knee and heart, next season will still probably not be a playoff year. I'm expecting 38-44 wins, just out of the playoffs unless everything goes perfectly. With as many young guys working on their games as we'll still have I think Monty is a good coach for that team too, no matter how infuriating his game management decisions can be.
This post was edited on 3/17 at 1:27 pm