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  1. stevemcqueen1

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi St, Jr - 5.95 Strengths - Arguably the premier one gapping run defender from the one technique in the class - Excellent size for the position - Burly, columnar build with very broad shoulders and joints and minimal sloppy weight. Carries 300 pounds very well - Vines for arms - huge hands - Excellent functional power. Routinely puts OGs on skates - Anchor at the PoA is good, if not quite great - Game over when he latches on and extends. Bull rush can be devastating - Very good first step. Often the first one through the neutral zone - Hits run fits very quickly and excels at spilling runs - Smart player. Does a good job finding the football and sniffing out misdirection - Very aggressive and bruising run defender that wins through attrition. Motor keeps running through the fourth quarter - Played well against his best competition Weaknesses - Two down player. - Just a bull rusher. Arm over looked clunky and inaccurate - No counter rushes. Stymied if his initial plan fails - Limited playmaking range. Not a great runner who can make pursuit plays - Hand placement on punch inconsistent - Spends too much time patty-caking. Needs to shuck faster after he wins his gap to finish the tackle - Not a very twitchy athlete - Pads tend to climb too much off the line on passing downs - Easily neutralized by doubles and chips in pass pro - Not a great athlete capable of making plays off his frame. Whiffs more arm tackles than you want to see - Has some balance issues - Partially a result of scheme, but gets himself sealed from the A-Gap more than you want to see. He has a plan and gets up field and can't really deviate from it - Not much of a threat on stunts/twists - Character issues I see some Kenny Clark in Jeffery Simmons, except that I think Simmons has a lot better body. Probably a second round talent who could sneak into the late first like Clark did. But some teams probably won't put him very high on their board because of a street fighting incident from before he got to Mississippi St where he beat a woman on the ground. Ultimately his range will depend on how teams view his potential as a pass rusher. He is not a very good rusher at all--basically if he can't win with his inital bull, then you've stoned him. But he has the speed and the body to become a very good one if he can develop his pass rushing instincts, balance, handwork, and repertoire/plan. His run defense as a traditional one gapping 4-3 nose and three tech is elite level. Not a very good option as a two gapping nose. He's got the strength and arm length to become a quality 5 tech for a 3-4 front, but the speed across the neutral zone is what makes him special. He should be used in an attacking scheme looking to spill the run.
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    Trump and his cabinet/buffoonery- Individual 1 is in trouble

    let me get a Scott Walker venn diagram on the overlap of all of those demos.
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    Guy sets glitter bomb trap for package thieves.

    There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a ne'er-do-well get successfully booby trapped.
  4. stevemcqueen1

    The Official Washington Wizards Thread: The JOHN WALL ERA

    When you don't have a top five as talented as Curry, Durant, Thompson, Green, Cousins, and you only go five players deep in honest to God quality, you are facing a talent deficit. The best teams in our conference are ten deep. And they are led by guys who can go shot for shot with Wall. We're at a disadvantage in every way. It's why those guys win 50+ and meet expectations and we never do.
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    Guy sets glitter bomb trap for package thieves.

    Give that guy a TV show and an unlimited budget.
  6. stevemcqueen1

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    Eagles got Wentz without tanking too. The price they paid was Kiko Alonso, Byron Maxwell, and two firsts and a third and fourth to go from 13 to 2. That's not too bad a price at all. The truth is there isn't a huge variation in top end quality of QB talent from year to year. These kids go through the same camps and training and development systems and go to similar big time college programs where they have similar experiences. Almost every year produces two or three first round guys who are good enough to become NFL starters. This year is no different. Franchise QBs are made, not found. The biggest factor in developing these largely similar pieces of raw clay is the quality of coaching. The good QB guys like Doug Pederson, Matt Nagy, Sean McVay, Bill O'Brien, and Andy Reid know how to develop the position and they end up making their guys successful. The **** QB guys like Jeff Fisher and John Fox don't know how to coach or develop the position and they **** up their raw clay. Not a coincidence that Trubisky and Goff look legit as soon as they go from being coached by those two imbeciles to McVay and Nagy. Can anyone whose evaluated both really tell me what the difference between Jared Goff at Cal is from Drew Lock at Missouri? They are the same prospect. We can win with a Drew Lock if we can successfully develop him. And I think Gruden is a pretty good QB guy. The "QB grass will be greener next draft" is a fallacy and a form of procrastination.
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    The Official Washington Wizards Thread: The JOHN WALL ERA

    Culture is a major issue. Coaching is a major issue. But take a look at this roster and it's clear talent is also a major issue. I think we've falsely assumed that we had superior talent because we have two All Stars who are as good as or even better than a lot of the stars on other East teams. But basketball is not a two man game. Look at the roster outside of Wall and Beal and it doesn't stack up with the best teams in the conference: - Our third best player is one of the five best three and D players in the NBA, but he's also our highest paid player and he's not an All Star - Our fourth best player is a fine sixth man guard, but we got him with a second round draft pick seven years ago and he is just now this season finding a regular spot in our rotation. And he might still get jerked out of it by the kind of PG trade you mentioned that has become an Ernie Special. - Our fifth best player is a T-Rex armed gunner goon power forward who is a back up caliber player on a good team. But we traded a first round pick to acquire him three years ago and had been starting ever since. - Our sixth best player is... who? Bryant? An energy big we got from the trash heap with 350 career minutes? Jeff Green? A journeyman bench gunner we got with a min contract? The fact that we get to player number six and have run out of rotation caliber guys capable of playing for any of the good teams in the East tells you how shallow and untalented this roster actually is. Now some of that depth issue has been addressed by bringing in Ariza and perhaps Dekker. But this is a big reason why we were so god awful to start the year. And both of them are likely only one season stop gaps. Plus I'm still not sure if Dekker is actually good. Nor am I sure that Ariza isn't fast approaching a cliff. No draft picks on this team from 2014-2017. Four straight drafts where literally the only thing we have to show for those assets is an expiring Trevor Ariza and the back up caliber PF/C who is, sadly, our fifth best player. We are a hollowed out roster. You can not survive this level of god awful drafting with a three max contract roster. Our big summer of cap space--which was our final chance to get difference makers in FA before the rookie extensions of Beal and Otto became a factor--got us Ian Mahinmi, Jason Smith, and Andrew Nicholson. Nicholson took a first round pick to get out of. Jason Smith gave us three fun years of towel waiving and almost nothing more. Ian Mahinmi has been one of the worst signings in franchise history and we're still not rid of him. We didn't just get nothing from this spending, we got negative value. We would have been infinitely better off if we had just done nothing with our cap space instead. Golden State, Toronto, Boston, Milwaukee, etc. all demonstrate that you can not win with a two or even three man roster. You have to build a real team and coach it well. We don't have the coach or the GM to compete with these organizations. Re: Dwight, I have zero expectations for him any more. He's barely been a part of this team. He missed the summer work and showed up for 9 games, played well in like three of them, and then promptly got back surgery. We pretty much have to operate as though he's not on the team any more.
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    The Official Washington Wizards Thread: The JOHN WALL ERA

    Mid season trades shake things up too. Crystalize murky situations with peoples roles. Bring in new blood that is eager to take advantage of a change in scenery. Definitely seems to be the case with Dekker. But honestly I think the simplest explanations are: 1 - He has a history of coming alive in December and this is a continuation of his good month. He's feeling good and has gotten into the flow of the season. 2 - They've hit upon a better mix of line ups to improve the on court chemistry a ton. - Mahinmi was an absolute anchor and Dwight was sucking too. Benching Mahinmi for Thomas Bryant and having Dwight disappear was the first positive step to fixing the on court product. Bryant's high energy play, floor running, eager defensive rotations, and quality screen setting has made a huge difference. - Moving Keef to the bench transformed his game. He's leading that unit as the gunner and he's actually thriving from having to handle more defensive responsibility by playing the 5 spot. He is clearly the type of player that you have to motivate by challenging him and giving him responsibility. - Austin Rivers was god awful in every conceivable way. Him getting the minutes he did was back breaking. - Kelly was also pretty bad too. He's better than he showed over the first month and a half but his selfishness became extreme. His contract year gunning was a total drag on any line up he was a part of. - Trading Jason Smith for Sam Dekker has already started paying off. Hurt to see Smith go, but Dekker is clearly a lot better than him. Dekker's game is nice and complementary to ball dominant guards. His activity level away from the ball and hunger to prove himself gave everyone else an emotional boost. Can't shoot well but other than that, he's filling in Otto's shoes admirably right now. - Sato clearly benefits from playing with the starters. He needs to be playing with John as much as possible so they can develop offensive and defensive chemistry. John needs to develop trust in Tomas like he has in Beal. That's how you get more ball sharing and off ball activity from everyone in the line up. And how you get better defensive switching. The next step is for Ariza to slide into the rotation and do his thing. And hopefully take minutes from Jeff Green, who is only good in short bursts. Green is a hell of a shot maker who finishes with excellent efficiency, but his defense is wretched. Giving so many minutes to him, Kelly, and Rivers was back-breaking. I think you can only afford to have one chucker who plays awful defense and doesn't facilitate well in your rotation before your product becomes lousy. Then after that, we need to get Otto back. Run a rotation where Otto and Ariza play ~30 MPG, with Dekker and Green at ~20. Time share the minutes at the 5 between Bryant and Keef. Three guard rotation between Wall and Beal and Sato means a lot of minutes for them, but hopefully you can figure out a way to use Troy Brown to give each of them a break. Maybe come up with a way to rotate an easy night or even a night off for one of them every three games by playing Brown a fair amount. Also gives Brown a chance to get some meaningful experience. Otherwise Sato is going to break down and Wall and Oubre will hit 3K minutes by the end of the season. As far as trades go, it'd be nice to dump Mahinmi but not at the cost of the first round pick. Worst case scenario he's a break glass big for if Bryant gets injured. It'd also be nice to trade Dwight for a younger, healthier big. I still wouldn't mind trading for ivica Zubac. He's buried on LA's bench behind Wagner and McGee. Here he'd play behind Bryant and Keef could take Jeff Green's minutes at PF. But I don't think Dwight is going to be tradeable either. Lastly, we're fine at PG if Wall and Sato stay healthy but we're ****ed if either one of them gets hurt. Especially Wall. Jordan McRae and Troy Brown are not point guards. They are wings who can dribble some. Not even sure McRae is playable. In the event of injury to Sato or Wall, we'd be looking at playing Beal extended minutes at point, and that's a recipe for failure.
  9. stevemcqueen1

    ***2018-19 NBA Season Thread***

    I'd like to hear more about how the Lakers are too good to trade their draft busts for John Wall.
  10. stevemcqueen1

    The Official Washington Wizards Thread: The JOHN WALL ERA

    Remember that time four days ago that Ohm Youngmisuk wrote that we should trade John Wall for Enes Kanter, oh and throw Troy Brown Jr in too for our trouble? http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/25524321/nba-trades-see-john-wall-markelle-fultz-demar-derozan I think we reached peak dumb****ery in John Wall takes with that one. Now pardon me while I go troll the Lakers fans in the NBA thread.
  11. stevemcqueen1

    2019 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    Very real possibility that we win the Eagles game too. These wins will end up being costly. We've played our way out of Haskins range. There is a substantial drop off in quality after him. If Herbert goes back to school, then Lock will be our only other option in the first round and even he might go higher than we pick. Our current draft slot is 17 and there are four or five QB needy teams in front of us depending on how Oakland feels about Carr. We're screwed for next year if Alex Smith doesn't come back.
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    The Official Washington Wizards Thread: The JOHN WALL ERA

    How crazy has this season been that I already forgot about the Dwight Howard story? Almost forgot he was on the team. Dwight Howard is thanking the Lord above that he chose to sign with us. His personal drama would have been the story of the season for just about anyone else.
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    The Official Washington Wizards Thread: The JOHN WALL ERA

    Satoransky and Wall both over 40 minutes tonight. This is not sustainable. We need a third PG. We have two rotation worthy PGs right now. One center. One shooting guard. One power forward. And four small forwards. That is an absurd roster construction.
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    The Official Washington Wizards Thread: The JOHN WALL ERA

    Yeah there was a law of physics broken there. Again, I am confounded by Dekker. He's like Nick Cage. One absolutely brilliant play followed up by one absolutely awful one. I'm like, "wow, yeah he's good." Then a few seconds later it's, "well hold on a second." The problem is the short bench. I think we only have four guards on the roster right now and three of them started. And the chicken sandwich. The worm has turned. Lord Threeza has gotten us back on track.
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    The Official Washington Wizards Thread: The JOHN WALL ERA

    Oh good lord. Dumbest turnover of the year.