In response to rameakap's comment:
If they actually try to win, this team should be better than the one that played .500 ball for the first 20 games or so last year right?
- Everyone 23-25 should be expected to improve a little, this is Turner, Bradley and Zeller. I'd rather have Zeller than Hump and Turner than the Wallace/Johnson duo that backed Green last year.
- Sully and Olynyk should be expected to improve a lot considering Sully is 22 and basically missed his rookie year and Oly has a much better body and despite being 23 is going into his 2nd year (not 5th like AB at the same age) and there is always a big jump there.
- Faverani should be healthy and he'll be more comfortable in the league, and if he provides slight improvements on last years per 36 #'s in 18 mins, he'll give very good rim protection 6ppg, 5rpg, 1bpg on 50FG/70FT %'s.
- I'd rather have Smart than Crawford or Bayless. I think he will be better than either of them as well in terms of overall impact with his D, winning attitude, etc. reflected in +/- numbers.
- Green, Rondo and Bass are 28 years old and in the middle of their primes. We should not expect a drop in their play. Rondo should get back to pre-ACL form with hopefully better shooting %'s and defense more like his 2009-2010 self.
- Lee is like Thornton, who is a slightly better shooter but not a better player. There was no room for Lee when Rondo came back, and there may be no room for Thornton if Turner, Bradley and Smart get all the SG mins, so this roster spot matters little.
In the end, there is little chance that this team is worse than last years that won 25. If a rotation is settled on and there are no injuries or a mandate to 'try hard but lose in the end'. They are still not as talented as somewhere between 18-22 other rosters in the league, so in the end tanking may be required to jump from that awful 11-13th pick to 5th-7th pick range with better odds of going top 3.
+ 1. Add to your points that the Coach is now going to be better/more experienced and the competition didn't exactly get a lot better in the East. The C's will tank "less than last year" and we're still stuck in the middle.
Clips won't tank, either. So, our best chance at a good draft choice is a terrible Nets team.