These playoffs are wild lol.
This is why you make the playoffs btw. Do people really beleive we wouldn't have had a chance against the Kawhi-less Clippers, the AD-less Lakers, the Conley-less Jazz or the CP3-less Suns? Make the playoffs, give yourselves a chance. We'll always have the best player in the series anyway.
Two straight possessions where the Clippers pull Gobert out to the perimeter and make him look silly.
They aren't beating the Jazz without Kawhi so I'll have to settle for this as my victory lol. I'm sure Gobert is a nice guy but sports hate>>>
Everyone yesterday: Wow, what an epic choke job by the Bucks
Sixers today: Hold our beers!
Also, if Utah were to lose to a Kawhi-less Clippers team, yikes!
I would be absolutely sick if I were a Sixers fan right now. Is Simmons just scared to be aggressive offensively at this point because of his FT shooting? His lack of contribution in that area despite the other things he does well must be familiar with a lot of Warriors fans
Good lord, Sixers and Hawks. What a collapse in the City of Brotherly Boos.
Starting to think the Warriors could have won it all with these crazy injuries and disasters.
I can't believe the Sixers lost that, weren't they up like 30? How does that happen twice in a row?
I can see the flirt potential in Davion Mitchell. He seems like a natural leader and would fit into our bench right away. But, looking closer at his stat sheet and the NBA level he would have to go against, doesn't leave me convinced he's a plug and play guy out of the draft.
Two guys high on my list of "Smoke Screen Picks". The country assumes we would take Mitchell as high as 6 because we are in win-now mode and at 14, maybe we know more about Zaire because of our proximity to Stanford. Would I take Davion if he dropped to 14? Only if we had already snatched up Barnes, J Johnson or Wagner at the top of the draft. If we only have 1 pick, we won't be spending it on a 6'2" guard who will come in ranked 3rd on the point guard depth chart. But, if snatch one of the top forwards in the draft, Davion at 14 would take the spot that GP II will be trying to earn this summer. An upgrade over Payton, yeah. But am I wrong to prefer the hometown kid and spend that draft money on another wing?
The real question is if kuminga is there at 6-7 do you take him no matter what? I think I do
I'm not taking either over at 6-7. If we get Moses there I'm fine with taking a project at 14
Heck the Stanford guy mentioned in the article that I would most like to see on the Warriors is Bryce Wills. He looked useful off ball, and was the best defender on the floor most games.
Mitchell would be a fine pickup as well, but I wouldn’t expect great shooting from him.
Zaire is the guy who seems least ready to contribute and he seemed overwhelmed by the college game even before his leave of absence. The team was way better with Terry
I can't get exited about either of these guys. My big question mark with Mitchell is the age; in his one good year he was essentially a G-league player playing against high school kids. It's not like he was Steph Curry and was jacking up and making a ton of 3s, or making 85% of his free throws, as soon as he got to college. He could be a late bloomer, but this is exactly the kind of guy the Warriors could pick up at the veteran minimum, as they did with GPII. As for Williams, I don't know, the stats don't scream future star and there are a bunch of guys with potential upside that will be available at 14, along with nba ready guys like Kispert that might be available with that pick.
Davion Mitchell - Look we're all conditioned to look at FT % and say that's got the bigger correlation to future shooting ability. BUT, there's obviously going to be exceptions. Look beyond the percentages. Are you really going to weight it more heavily that he made 41 of 64 free throws (low volume, low percentage) vs 63 of 141 3P's (High volume, high percentage) or that he made 95 of 168 from 2P range (57% mid volume, mid percentage)?
So yes, his FT percentage is low and that's a red flag, but he took a lot more shots all over the court and was knocking them down at a great percentage. It added up to one of the most efficient shooters in the country.
If you buy the shot...this guy is a present day great fit as a dog of a defender who can take on the toughest perimeter assignment so Steph and Klay don't have to, space the floor, attack gaps, and is a good passer. He's a fit next to anyone in the backcourt: Steph, Klay, Poole, Lee, Baze..
And he's got upside - I think there's some star potential here. Like a bigger, more explosive Fred Van Vleet. Goran Dragic who's an elite defender? The story of his shooting percentage doesn't need to read: "Unrepeatable outlier". It can be "Proof that he's got a great work ethic, and it's proven out on the court." Generally guys who improve like that don't stop improving.
I'm hyped on Davion Mitchell.
Zaire Williams - Nah.
I was rooting for the Clippers to beat the Jazz, personally. Not happening without Kawhi though. Awful news, basically ruins the Clippers for next season too. It's been a miserable playoffs and I really hope the Sixers know what they are doing with Embiid's knee.
espn.com: "The Clippers just lost the postseason's biggest superstar" - no, that'd be KmfD.