With the sun finally shining in central Indiana I thought it might be nice to discuss some of the positives in an otherwise dreadful season.
1. We've seen some pretty good development from some of our young pieces. It looks like we might have something in Roy and I am much more optimistic about him than I was at this time last year. He's bigger and a little bit quicker, plus for the most part he's doing a better job staying out of foul trouble. I know good ol' McBob has a wide range of opinions about him on here, but if you look at him as a guy you aquired as a throw-in in a trade that is signed for pretty close to as little as you can pay a player of his experience I think the hustle plays and a few highlight dunks we've gotten from him lately is a pretty good reason to smile. While Rush isn't averaging 15-20 a game I've been pretty impressed with the one on one defense he played against Kobe and Roy on this road trip and I'm hoping he will soon find his niche on this team as a guy who keeps his man in front of him on D, rebounds well for his position, and hits open shots when he's got them.
2. We are FINALLY in position to get a high draft pick. In my ten plus years of watching this team we have never been looking at this high of a pick, unless you count when we traded AD for Bender's pick. I know the flipside of this is you only get a high pick when your record stinks, but all of the good teams in the league are built around high draft picks so we've gotta start somewhere right?
3. The horrible contracts on the team will at long last be one year deals making them tradeable pieces. We've needed to get out of most of these deals pretty much since we've had them and it looks more possible than ever now, so the end of grossely overpaid role players may be near.
4. There hasn't been a ton of negative press surrounding the team. Our players haven't "shot up the club" or publicaly demanded a trade. I realize this normally wouldn't something to be optimistic about, but it is more than we've had in the past.
Just a little something to help ease the pain of a 20-42 record.