All off-season long, I've been complaining about our inability to make a move that would signify our rebuilding, that would get us in a direction where we're going somewhere. But that doesn't mean I'm not excited about the season, quite the contrary I like our roster as far as young players go and if I ignore contracts there is alot to like.
Both Spencer Hawes and Thaddeus Young will florish tremendously together and in this system, both guys were stuck with head coaches that didn't quite value what they brought to the table, nor are they exactly the type of coaches that can get you pumped up for a game. Hawes's ability to pass out of the post and hit the mid-range shot make him the starter at center, and should he get stronger defensively we got ourselves a keeper.
Thaddeus Young will benefit from both the open spacing that a legitimate shooting big man provides, and his passing skills, Young will be able to attack the basket from the perimeter again and make the same kinds of crashing plays that made us fall in love with him in his first two seasons.
Having played with the ball significantly in Ohio State, Evan Turner isn't quite yet comfortable enough to make the transition to SG, as seen in the summer league. This is concerning, it's extremely difficult to play two players in the same lineup that both need the ball in their hands. So I suggest Turner play with the second team alongside Lou Williams, Collins himself said that Turner flourishes in that role, it's like having a 3rd point guard. Who should start in his stead? Jodie Meeks. When Meeks was getting significant minutes alongside Jrue Holiday and Jason Kapono, this team finally had the outside shooting it needed to space the floor. Iguodala's not a two, he's a three.
Speaking of Jrue Holiday, Collins had high praise for him, saying that by next year Holiday will be mentioned along the likes of a CP3, of a Deron Williams. And I agree, Holiday should never have fallen out of top-5 consideration two drafts ago, Holiday's 6'4, he has a deadly touch from outside, he has the athleticism to attack the bucket and he's a tenacious defender. Whereas Collins expects a spread the wealth kind of team, I think differently. I honestly believe, untill Turner shows otherwise that Jrue Holiday is the best player on the team. Both offensively and defensively. To somewhat rig Elton Brand's quote from last year, if it's not 20 points it's close enough and if it's not 10 assists, it's close enough. Yes, I wouldn't be surprised if Holiday joins the famed 20/10 club he's that good.
Between Holiday, Turner, Meeks, Williams, Young, Brackins, Hawes and maybe even Speights this team has tremendous upside and potential. With another lottery selection and if we get creative with our cap situation we can be right in the mix.