Solid post. A couple of things I'm curious about:
Does the 3rd quarter thing bug people because it's the 3rd quarter? Would it be the same if it were the 2nd, etc?
Also, you guys do realize that last season they were outscored by only .4 points (17th best and better than GSW and DAL) in the 3rd? Everyone remembers the LAL game, but that is one game out of 82. The numbers just don't back up the "Always get run out of the gym in the 3rd" narrative.
Now this season they have been bad in the 3rd.
1. No one thinks Anderson will turn this team into a contender, but it is just willful ignorance to discredit the effect he will have on the offense. He's that good on offense.
Yes, he is not a particularly good defensive player, but he isn't a sieve like some pretend. He tries and he understands his responsibilities. You don't play as much as he did for some good Orlando teams under SVG if you don't know what you're doing on defense.
2. Agree completely. They play him like he's Vasquez on offense and he isn't. That doesn't mean Holiday can't be a useful player, but he isn't the ball dominant creator we're used to seeing. Gordon and Davis are the engines of the offense. The sooner the staff realizes it, the better things will look.
3. Evans has been bad. Part injury, part bad teammates, and part just shitty play. Anderson will be huge for him. You don't think swapping Anderson for Thomas will help Evans run the 2s? If it doesn't he simply forgot how to play basketball once he signed this summer.
4. Davis isn't going any where for another 6 or 7 years at the earliest. Plenty of time to right the ship this season and beyond.
ETA: grammar for Jester
This post was edited on 11/15 at 7:34 am