I know there are a lot of people out there who want to make the playoffs no matter what. I understand that mentality - you always want the team to be successful. Every year since I've been a fan (since '93-'94) I've wanted the P's to make the playoffs, but this year I don't.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not wanting the team to tank. On a game-by-game basis I'm always rooting for them to win. But in regard to the season as a whole, I'd rather miss the playoffs.
What good does it do this team to make it? If we make it then in all likely-hood it means JO and Tinsley have come back and played a significant amount of games. This means that the younger guys are unlikely to get any playoff experience. Which is the only positive I can see to making it. Shawne would get less minutes and Ike would have no chance of playing if JO is back. This team isn't going to knock off Boston or Detroit. I find it unlikely we'd even take one game.
If we make it, we get swept and get a mid 1st round draft pick. The cycle of perennial mediocrity begins.
To get better you either need talent, or younger players with potential to trade for talent. We haven't got the necessary talent to get high talent back. We have a couple younger players who could bring back a little talent, or could blossom, but not enough.
This team needs a high draft pick to either a) get a high talent player in the draft, b) trade the high pick for a talented player or c) trade the player we pick for talent.
I love teams with heart. This team has got heart, but there simply isn't enough ability there. If we want to prevent being the next Milwaukee Bucks, we need to get some talent on this team. Making the playoffs will not achieve that.