Basketball is finally here. Some thoughts on the first preseason game.
Even though the Magic are terrible, I thought it was a solid performance considering our best player didn't play, and we have a lot of new faces.
Offense was pretty solid even with Turner, Young, Richardson and Hawes having abysmal games, and no Bynum. Still not getting to the FT line enough though. Defense didn't look that good though, particularly against the Magic bigs that got anything they wanted and Vuc/Davis killed us on the boards. Obviously we'll be a lot better at both with Bynum, but this team has to adjust to life without Iguodala on the perimeter, though I think we did a solid job defending the perimeter.
Holiday looked dominant. Turner was the complete opposite, complete abortion out on the court. Hawes was his usual self. Great passer, inconsistent jumpshooter, sucks at everything else. Having him at PF worries me. Richardson sucked on both ends of the floor. However, Nick Young and Dorrell Wright made up for the terrible performances of the starting wings. Both were terrific. Thad Young had a terrible game as well which is uncommon for him since he's usually a very efficient scorer. Lavoy Allen, per the usual was the only big capable of rebounding and playing defense. Looking forward to Bynum coming back so we see as little Kwame Brown as possible.
Maalik Wayns looked really good. I think he makes the roster as the backup PG, pushing Ivey to the reserves, or even off the team altogether. And I think Vucevic is going to be a nice player for the Magic. A 10 point 10 rebound type of guy. No idea why we stopped giving him burn last year. Wish they would've played Moultrie more.