I'll state right up front when we were talking about the team while at Perkins, I stated that we should win multiple championships in the next 3 or 4 seasons.
I still believe that. As long as we stay healthy this team should fulfill all our dreams.
I would like to take a moment to look at who we've replaced from last season and who we've added for next season.
Our starters are all returning but players 6 thru 14 have seen a major shakeup.
Tyler Hansbrough the poster child for smash mouth basketball has moved on. As has Jeff Pendergraph, DJ Augustine, Sam Young, Miles Plumlee, Gerald Green and Ben Hansbrough. The only two returning bench players are Ian Mahinmi and Orlando Johnson.
Brain Shaw has also moved on.
We've added a fine first round pick with Solomon Hill, free agents CJ Watson, Donald Sloan, Chris Copeland and traded for Luis Scola.
I also want to mention that Danny Granger "might" be back in the rotation following a lost season. Nate McMillan should be a fine addition to our bench, but we will bring a different skill set then what Shaw gave us.
Team chemistry, a major plus in our run through the playoffs, may take some time to reestablish.
I realize that most of the players we've replaced are end of the bench guys but they did make us a large part of the team. They practiced, traveled and played with the starting until for most if not all of the entire season. Individually they wouldn't have an impact on our team.... collectively, maybe they will.
We've upgraded almost every position since the end of the season. We've addressed weaknesses and become a much stronger, balanced team from players 6 thru (currently) 13.
How these new players mesh with our starters remains to be seen.
We need to see how Granger is incorporated back into the rotation?
Which players do you surround Scola with?
Can Watson take charge of our 2nd unit?
Does Stevenson play better with the starters or bringing him off the bench?
We'll be adding at least three new guys into the rotation with Granger, Scola and Watson. It should take them sometime to get on the same page but once they do..... damn its gonna be a blast!