I like the position by position breakdown. But I don't think we can determine our expected win total by comparing how s*** last year's team was to our expectations for this year's team. The real comparison will be to other teams around the league. Here is how we fared against each team. Who do we think we will do better against this year and by how much? ANd who will we do worse against and by how much? (I assume we can't pencil in 3 wins against the Bucks and Warriors...SunsRIt wrote: ↑Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:12 pmI'm pretty convinced the Suns will win 35 games this year. They will be better at every position for the entire year except SG:
PG - Last year: G-league level talent(who?), Johnson(late acquisition, hurt)) - This year: Rubio(well-respected NBA talent that can distribute), Johnson(healthy?), Jerome(rookie, NBA ready?)
SG - Booker - 'nuf said
SF - Last year: TJ Warren(sometimes/injured), Bridges(rookie), Oubre(late season acquisition), Jackson(headcase) - This year: Oubre(acclimated), Bridges(a year better), Johnson(rookie, NBA ready?), no Jackson(addition by subtraction)
PF - Last year: hmmm, Nobody? - This year Saric(another well respected NBA talent), Kaminsky, Spalding
C - Last year: Ayton(rookie, no facilitator, a coach that had no idea how to use him), Holmes(high energy back-up) - This year: Ayton(a year better, a PG that can pass to him, and a coach that will put him in the right places on the court), Baynes(high energy back-up)
Coach - Last year: Igor(poor communicator, not a leader, career assistant) - This year: Williams(excellent communicator, a leader, head coaching experience)
Intangibles - Last year: never heard about chemistry/questionable - This year: already hearing about a bond between Booker and Ayton. Oubre brings chemistry and drive.
How can they not be 15-20 games better than last year?
On a side note: I have watched some Ty Jerome highlights and see Steve Nash. The way he moves on the court, his shots, etc. Does anyone else see that?
To get to 35 wins, we have to gain 16 wins against these teams, and not lose any. I just don't see that happening. I think even my guess of 32 wins is overly optimistic.
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