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PG Steve Nash/ Kyle Lowry/ Marcus Banks
SG Leandro Barbosa/Nicholas Batum/Rashad McCants/Eddie Jones
SF Shawn Marion/Brandon Rush/Jalen Rose/Jumaine Jones
PF Pau Gaso/ Hakim Warrick/ Pat Burke
C Amare Stoudemire/ Kurt Thomas/
PG Kyle Lowry
SG Rashaad McCants
SG Eddie Jones
PF Hakim Warrick
F/C Pau Gasol
SG/SF Nicholas Batum
SG/SF Brandon Rush
Analysis: Obviously the biggest move for the suns was trading for Pau Gasol. This makes an elite team in the league even better. Kyle Lowry and Hakim Warrick are an underrated part of the deal. I feel Hakim Warricks game translates very well to the Suns up tempo style. Kyle Lowry will be the PG of the future in Phoenix. Who better than Steven Nash to learn from? In the draft my key focus was moving out of the 4th pick and getting either my SG or SF of the future. I was able to move down pick up another pick and a young unproven player in McCants. McCants is very unproven but he still has the potential to be great. Drafting Nicholas Batum was exactly what I was looking to do. Hes a versatile player that could play either the 2 or the 3. Hes got the potential to be an all star some day soon, sooner than most expect. Playing on a stacked team such as this should allow him develop at a decent pace. With my last first rounder I picked up Brandon Rush who also has the ability to play the 2 or the 3. I figure out of McCants, Batum, and Rush I have my future starters at SG and SF, in which combination? I am not sure. I am not sure I like Leandro Barbosa as a starting SG so I will hope after I groom Batum as the started I can move Barbosa to the sixth man giving me a real threat off the bench. Overall a very sucessful offseason.
PG Gilbert ARenas/ Antonio Daniels
SG Caron Butler/Deshawn Stevenson/ Dominic McGuire/Roger Mason JR
SF Rashard Lewis/Andray Blatche/Al Thornton/
PF Antawn Jamison/ Darius Songalia/ Al Thornton
C Etan Thomas/ Brendan Haywood/ Michael Ruffin
SF Rashard Lewis (suckas)
SG/SF Dominic McGuire
SF/PF Al Thornton
Whenever you can bring in a guy like Rashard Lewis for as cheap as we got him you take the deal. We were lucky no one claimed him and were the only ones with an offer in. He will add to the scoring attack of the Wizards. We are talking an Elite Offesive team in the NBA. Having Al Thornton drop to us was the perfect thing that could have happened. Hes a SF/PF tweener but he will be able to excel playing PF in the Wizards up tempo system. Dominic McGuire is a jack of all trades. I compare his value to that of Renaldo Balkmans last year. He has alot of potential and he reminds me of a off brand Josh Smith type of player. Will be able to come in and play solid defense right away while his offensive game will have to be developed farther.
C - Andrew Bynum* - Ronny Turiaf - Mohamed Abukar(R) - Joel Przybilla
PF - Joakim Noah(R)* - Darius Miles- Brain Cook - Donyell Marshall
SF - Luke Walton* - Vladimir Radmanovic - Jared Dudley(R)
SG - Kobe Bryant* - Maurcie Evans
PG - Jordan Farmar* - Gabe Pruitt(R) - David Wesley
also the Lakers get Clevelands and Portlands 2008 1st round picks
With the depth I have I am looking to get quality minutes from my starters by substituting frequently. Redd will be in for most of the game with only a quick rest every no and then, but the rest will be fresh at all times. Mo, Andre, and Charlie are interchangeable and I would feel comfortable with either of the three starting. Mo gets the start with Andre second due to Bell subbing for Redd as well. SF is close to the situation at PG. I am four deep with capable starters. Charlie V should find the SF mpre suitable for his skills than the PF position. Davis, Patterson, and Mason make SF my biggest strength when it was my biggest weakness a year ago. Wright gets the start at PF as a rookie. He isn't totally NBA ready but throwing him in right away should benefit him. Skinner gives me veteran leader ship and is a solid role player. He should help Wright grow when he is on and off the court. With out signing Skinner I was hesitant to starting Villanueva at SF, due to lack of depth at the 4 but he allows me to do so. Fazekas won't see a ton of time his rookie year, but I hope for him to turn into a very good second stringer. Dalembert gets the edge over Hibbert at center so I'm not starting two rookies. Their time will be almost even.
3 Guard Lineup
G: Charlie Bell/Andre Miller
G: Michael Redd/Ricky Davis
G: Mo Williams/Desmond Mason
F: Charlie Villanueva/Ruben Patterson/Brandan Wright
C: Roy Hibbert/Samuel Dalembert/Brian Skinner
We ran a three guard lineup quite a bit this past season and should keep it in the playbook. The team I have is better fit for it than what we had. Bell, Redd, and Mo once again start at the guards, with Villanueva at F and Hibbert at center.
PG: TJ Ford/Jose Calderon/Derrick Martin
SG: Anthony Parker/Juan Dixon/Luke Jackson
SF: Grant Hill/Joey Graham/Jorge Garbajosa/Rashawn Terry
PF: Chris Bosh/Andrea Bargnani/Kris Humphries/Jorge Garbajosa
C: Rasho Nesterovic/Pape Sow/Chris Bosh
C- Primoz Brezec / Dan Gadzuric / Kyle Visser
PF- Joe Smith / Shavlik Randolph
SF- Kevin Durant / Bobby Simmons / Bobby Jones
SG- Andre Igoudala / Damien Wilkins / DJ Strawberry
PG- Darren Collison / Earl Boykins / Louis Williams
This team will not win now. It is built to win in the future with the outstanding tandem of Darren Collison, AI2 and Kevin Durant. Collison is a very quick player that can hit a hole like few others. He also never has bad games, if he doesn't score points he has assists, and played solid defense. He is probably the best gaurd defensively in the draft. Durant is an amazing player that the offense will be bassed around. Kyle Visser will come in at center and provide some minutes of the bench, and DJ Strawberry is also a great defender. When DJ and Darren are on the court at the same time, which they will, offense's will not suceed. I picked up Primoz Brezec who is one ogf the most underrated players in the league. I kept AI2 who will be a teams second offensive option. Collison will be the key player though, he will run both the offense and defense and will play probably more minutes than a rookie ever had. The way I see it is you get better by learning, and you learn by playing, therefore you get better by playing time. Durant and Collison will play alot. I also have a second lineup which moves AI2 to SF, Durant to PF, and puts either Boykins, Wilkins or Strawberry at SG.
PG Raymond Felton/Brevin Knight SG Vince Carter/Matt Carroll/Adam Morrison/Morris Peterson SF Jeff Green/Morris Peterson/Walter Herrmann/Adam Morrison PF Emeka Okafor/Walter Herrmann/Sean May/Jeff Green C Nene/Emeka Okafor/Jake Voskhul
Vince Carter SG
Morris Peterson SG/SF
Jeff Green SF/PF
Mumbo jumbo: The Bobcats have finally got the proper pieces for a playoff run and perhaps have become very close to a contender. Every need has been addressed as the Bobcats finally have acquired a legitimate Center in Nene who is only grasping his potential and is finally coming along. The Bobcats have also been lacking a big time shooting guard, and with the Vince Carter signing, they have finally got one. Jeff Green was a pick that just made sense for the Bobcats, as he is one of the more NBA ready prospects there was and will only help the Bobcats. Mo Pete was a signing to add depth to the bench as a good defensive player that can score. As for the loss of Gerald Wallace, it hurts the Bobcats immensely but guys like Vince Carter, Morris Peterson, and Jeff Green will all be willing to pick up the slack.
The bench is extremely talented with Walter Herrmann (who really has broke out the last few months), Matt Carroll (who is a solid scorer off the bench), Brevin Knight (a very good pure PG bench player), Sean May (an oft injured player but will have a lot less pressure on him without Herrmann emerging, and still has room to grow), Morris Peterson (a good defensive player and a solid offensive alternate off the bench), Adam Morrison (who has struggled this year but is still a good scorer off the bench), and Jake Voskhul (just a big defensive body). With these improvements and the overall talent level, this team is ready.
PG: Tony Parker, Beno Udrih, Taurean Green, Jacque Vaughn
SG: Brent Barry,Latrell Spreewell,, Michael Finley, Marco Belinelli,
SF: Al Harrington, James Posey, Bruce Bowen, Michael Finley, James White
PF: Tim Duncan, Robert Horry,Eduardo Najera, Al Harrington, Matt Bonner
C: Francisco Elson, Fabricio Oberto, Tim Duncan
PG Chauncey Billups / Steve Blake / Daniel Gibson
SG Larry Hughes / Alando Tucker / JJ Redick
SF Trevor Ariza / Hedo Turkoglu
PF Chris Webber / Darko Milicic / Danny Fortson
C Dwight Howard / Fran Vazquez / Dikembe Mutombo
6th man Hedo Turkoglu
* Drafted and kept in Europe - Ante Tomic
Coach Billy Donovan
The Las Vegas Magic have been very pleased with their offseason moves. Their approach has been very aggressive, strategic and careful. Aggressive in FA, strategic in trades and careful in trying not to make a move that could hold potentially hold long term regret. In the end, we are very happy with the make up of this team and strongly believe that we have a team that can co-exist and play at a high level. We are pleased with the combination of hopeful youth and veteran leadership at every position. Our young players do not need to be rushed in, but we feel they can have an important role off the bench as they learn to develop their pro games. We also feel that the addition of Coach Donovan and the move to Las Vegas are also big pluses for the future of the team and organization.
Depth Chart PG - Monta Ellis - Jarrett Jack - Sergio Rodriguez - Dan Dickau SG - Brandon Roy - Willie Green - Tarence Kinsey SF - Lamar Odom - Travis Outlaw - Quinton Ross PF - Lamarcus Aldridge - Reggie Evans - Andre Brown C - Andris Biedrins - Steven Hunter - Raef Lafrentz - Peter John Ramos
Analysis: We feel that this team can compete with most anyone now, as well as being an elite team for years to come. With every starter and second stringer being under the age of 28, we have a bright future ahead of us. Yet, with a veteran like Odom and talented youth such as Ellis and Roy, it seems as though this team has the firepower to compete at the highest of levels already. Pretty much everybody on this team can pass, and from top to bottom it's a very lengthy team, so that should give us the advantage on the glass as well as defensively. With young, yet experienced players, this team is ready for the playoffs.
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