If the crystal ball I stole from Kornheiser last time they had me on PTI is correct, and history really does repeats itself. The Kings will win the title in 2 years!
revised (Some fans have questioned my comparison from the 05-06 Heat team and our team. First off, this is only humorous that I say we will win in 2 years, but the numbers are very similar, and because of this its fun to DREAM BIG! Enjoy.)
Pretty damn sweet indeed! Sorry for spoiling it for you all. Anyway, I got to thinking about the Kings, Tyreke, and what moves should be made (and I'm sorry if someone has posted something similar to this here, or around the web, but its an original thought to me, ha!). First off, I think Tyreke is the second coming of Dwyane Wade (in this story you don't have to die to have a second coming). Everything about these two are similar, and if Wade could win a title for the freakin Miami Heat in his 3rd year, why can't Reke take us deep in the playoffs in 3 years? Wade was 2 years older than Reke when he was drafted, so we may have to wait 4 or 5 years, but still I think it can happen, we just have to build the right team around him.
Look at these two side by side, their FG % FT % Blocks steals 3pt % TO's are all pretty damn close through 60 games in their rookie year. Reke has the advantage in Min, Reb, and Assists (not by much), but takes a few more shots and averages 4 points more.... They both have the same type of game, both would rather drive than shot the outside shot (neither is that great behind the arc). But Reke is bigger, stronger, and just as quick, but lacks the same leaping ability that Wade has. So don't expect to see him "posterize" anyone in any games (or commercials) like Wade.
Dwyane Wade... 6-4" 220lbs taken with the 5th pick in 2003
Tyreke Evans..... 6-6" 220lbs taken with the 4th pick in 2009
So if Reke is gonna be just as good as Wade (if not better) in a few years, why can't we make a playoff run in a few years. Yes, I understand that the Heat were already a playoff team when he got there, and that the East wasn't all that deep like the West is now. But if this Heat roster http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/MIA/2006.html, that doesn't look all that great can do it, we gotta chance (hell Wade was the only player to really play more than 30min a game, bunch of scrubs!). We already have their J-Will, Beno and him put up pretty similar numbers, and I'd give the edge to Beno. Bankrupcy Walker's numbers that year won't be Casspi/Green's ceiling (Casspi is already producing those numbers). JT/Landry will be better (already are better) than Udonis. The only player I can't find on our roster is a 20pt 10reb Shaq!! So here is my plea to bet the farm, push all in, and do whatever it takes to sign Bosh!! Tony's crystal ball has told me that he is our ticket to a better team than the 2005-2006 Heat had.
I'll give you that I misquoted (and did it deliberately because I didn't think it was that significant). There were 3 players on the Heat who played more than 30min a game (barely, Shaq 30.6, Udonis 30.8, JWill 31.something)… But hear me out, we are already further along (number wise in each respective career than they were), although we have a long way to go playing in playing team basketball (offensively and defensively) and racking up W's.
The case for the starting 5...
We all know that I believe Tyreke = Wade... so lets move on...
The case of White Chocolate vs our new White Chocolate
The case for Casspi vs Bankruptcy Walker
JT vs Udonis
That leaves us needing Bosh to fill the Shaq role and the Shaq numbers. And look how "deep" we still are. We have Francisco, Green, Landry, Hawes, Next years #1rounder on the bench, amung others!! For the whole team Wade, Shaq, Udonis, and Zo were the only ones (played sig minutes) who cracked 45% shooting. The rest of the Heat team, ehh, look at the #‘s, they were mediocre. They spread the minutes around, but no one really put up any great numbers per minutes played.
The point of this article was that Tyreke could be the next Wade, and if Wade could take a average team with Shaq to a title, then damnit if we add a guy like Bosh then we have a chance too! That Heat team was not that great, and our team by the numbers is not that far off. So Dream Big Kings fans!
And yes, yes I understand they came out of the East and we have to contend with the West. Thats not the point of the article.