After watching last night's game, I was left wondering exactly, "What in the hell are we trying to accomplish?" In regards to the roster, the game plan, the starting lineup, and etc.
The first thing that jumps out to me is the fact Keith Smart actually started Brooks, Salmons, Garcia, Outlaw, and Thompson. Did he really just do that? What did Smart think he was going to accomplish with that? It sure wasn't winning and it sure wasn't developing any of our young guys. Speaking of our young guys, why aren't we trying to develop them more? Is Brooks the future? No. Is Garcia, Salmons, or Outlaw? No. They're not even "now" guys because they don't contribute to winning. So what does that make them? To me, they're just guys soaking up minutes and slowing the learning curve of Robinson, Thomas, and Jimmer. I think it's pretty clear that this team isn't going anywhere near the playoffs. They can't even sniff it right now. Instead, we're probably finding ourselves glancing over at Chad Ford's top collegiate players coming out next year. I would much rather see Thomas, Jimmer, and Robinson lose rather than the other guys. Let's see how Jimmer does next to Tyreke. Let's see how T-Rob does next to Thompson or Demarcus. We've been drafting these guys with very high draft picks...why not play them more? It's like getting a new pair of shoes but not wearing them...instead opting for the same shoes with worn down sneakers or bursted bubbles.
As for DeMarcus...WTF? He has the shooting percentage of an inefficient shooting guard. He gets suspended, T'd up, and complains like no other. At times he dominates and other times, he just flat out sucks. We all see the talent. The potential is obvious. But for whatever reason, he chooses to opt for being the biggest baby in the NBA. Sure his suspensions aren't consistent with other punishments handed out by the NBA but at the same time, I can't really defend him. I think he deserves it. In fact, I think the NBA, is doing the job that the Sacramento Kings organization if failing to do which is disciplining him. If I were Keith Smart, I wouldn't even start him until he shows he can act like an adult. He's a professional now and it's time that he acts like one. He has to earn respect because he sure as hell isn't entitled to it. No one on this team should ever expect any kind of respect. They haven't earned it nor do they deserve it. The whole organization is an embarrassment to the NBA. Marc Spears said it best on the Grant Napear show...this league could be his if he'd just grow up. He's his own worst enemy and the only person stopping him from being great is himself. For him as an individual, I'll leave it at that.
Now Keith Smart. What is he doing with this team? Why does his offense this year closely resemble Westphal's from the last few years? What happened to all of the good things he did with the offense when he stepped in last year? Why is DeMarcus allowed to play out on the elbow more than he is in the low-post? Doesn't he see what happens when Tyreke drives into a crowd? Does he think a better result will happen when DeMarcus does it? Sure DMC can dribble and drive well for a big man but that doesn't mean he should be doing that more often than not. It typically leads to a wild lay-up or a turnover. In my opinion, DMC should plant his butt in the lowpost and work from there. His positioning is a big reason why our spacing is so poor. Kind of hard to get an open 3 when you have a 6-11, 280 pound guy asking for the ball 5 feet away from you. Not that any of the guys on the floor can hit an open 3 consistently anyways but still. He has the strength to bully weaker opponents in the low post. He can face up longer and more athletic shot blockers and utilize his dribbling ability from there too. He doesn't need to do that 15 feet out. Can be 10 feet out and do it more efficiently where he doesn't have to try multiple moves. Down low, he has the unique ability to do any of these moves and only use one at a time. Anything more is too much. One quick move and go. That's it.
On to Petrie...what was he thinking with Salmons? Outlaw? Brooks? Does he always have to have some version of K9 on the team? I get that the Maloofs are cash-strapped (and I won't even discuss them because it's been beaten to death already) but if this is his version of Moneyball, he's not doing a very good job at it. Why are these guys being brought in only to disrupt the learning curve of our young guys? Keith Smart cites experience but there's only one way for young guys to actually get it and that's by playing. This team isn't going anywhere but Salmons and Brooks continue to get a ton of playing time. Outlaw recently has been. Jimmer isn't anything close to great defensively. We all knew that when he was drafted but he can be good offensively. Thomas has shown he can run an offense...just not the one Keith Smart is attempting to put out in this season. I have no idea what Smart thinks he's doing with the offense this year but Thomas is awesome in PNR situations. He gets other players involved and has an uncanny leadership ability.
I'm getting scattered now so I'll leave it at that. Just a ton of questions about this team and zero answers...and also a whole bunch of crap that just doesn't make sense. Thanks for reading if you actually read this rant.