Do you guys remember when Andre Drummond fell all the way to us at #9 in the draft? Or when Dumars shipped out Prince and Daye for Jose Calderon? What about when he scored again in the draft to fill a position of need with KCP? Remember when you felt like our future was getting brighter by the day? Then....he signed an already ill fitting power forward to play a position that had already proven he couldn't play. Soon after, he hired a scrub that NO-ONE else was looking at with no real talent for organizing a winning basketball team to be our new coach. For the sake of positivity, let's try to forget those last two for a second and think about ways that we can feel the way we did last June. Let's talk about some realistic possibilities in the near future that will actually help us justify why we haven't given up on this team yet.
1. What can be done about Josh Smith? We've all played the ESPN trade machine and come up with ways to dump him, but let's be serious. In all likelihood, can you really see him being moved by the deadline next week? If not, is that really a bad thing? Does his trade value decrease even more if we wait to shop him after the season, or does it maybe even improve with a little less time and money on it? Are you of the belief that he hasn't been given a fair chance to show that he can be a part of what makes this team better?
2. Stuckey has value as an expiring contract as well as a scoring guard off the bench and a more than decent perimeter defender. He's also been our best bench producer who'd probably be integral to making a playoff run, so there's definitely reason to hold onto him. If we decide to trade him, what kind of returns can we expect? Can he get a draft pick, can he bring us some much needed shooting?
3. Speaking of shooting, does Gigi Datome have the stroke to make it in the NBA? Is he a bust, or does he just need some consistent minutes to find his shot in this league?
4. KCP became a starter pretty early, but his minutes have steadily dropped off throughout the season, even losing his starting spot to Kyle Singler who probably shouldn't even be playing that position. Loyer has yet to really adjust anyone's minutes aside from maybe Will Bynum. Are KCP's declining minutes a trend we expect to see going forward or do you think that Loyer will want to take this time to really start developing the young guys like Gores insinuated?
5. How could I forget forget the love of KC3's life, Peyton Siva and Tony Mitchell? The organization has really done the best they can by them this season by sending them to the Mad Ants to work on their respective games. Can we see either or both of them being called up to contribute THIS season?
What do you think? Do we have reason to believe that we can undo enough of our past mistakes to actually reap the benefits of the good we have made? Tell me I'm not crazy for continuing to love this team.