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  • CBS Sports says we've got the 10th best roster in the NBA

    http://eye-on-basketball.blogs.cbssp...48484/30879011

    Managing an NBA roster is an intricate task.

    So many factors must be considered. First, and foremost, you must acquire top-level talent, handing out the big dollars to players that have earned it. You must avoid the risks that go with overpaying average talent, questionable characters and players who are past their prime or dealing with injuries. You must also create a balance based on positions and skillsets so as to avoid redundancy. Of course, there's the critical issue of timing, too. To create sustained success and a potential championship window, it helps to have your best players aging at the same time so that they will be locked into contracts for a similar duration.

    With so many complication factors and with the fate of a franchise tied so closely to the health and contract statuses of its best players, it's no wonder we see such a wide range of quality when we assess the rosters around the league. But who, really, is in the best shape right now? And, conversely, whose roster is the worst?

    To answer that question, try this hypothetical: If you were a new NBA owner in an undisclosed location granted the ability to poach an entire roster from a current team -- taking with you all of the players and their contracts, but not the coaching and management staffs -- who would you take? What would your list look like?

    Here's one unscientific crack at that hypothetical, a ranking of the NBA's thirty rosters from worst to first. Included with each team are its key assets (stars, emerging stars on rookie deals, good players on reasonable contracts), its key anchors (bad contracts, ill-fitting pieces, aging stars who are owed more future money than they will be worth) and questions (free agency decisions, problems with roster construction). Remember, this ranking is for right now, not last season or next season, although the future -- both long-term and short-term -- obviously plays a factor in determining the desireability of a roster.
    10. Indiana Pacers

    Assets: Roy Hibbert, George Hill, Darren Collison, Paul George, James Posey’s expiring contract, cap flexibility

    Anchors: Danny Granger

    Questions: Depth, experience

    Analysis: The Pacers are not only headed in the right direction, they are poised to become major players in the Eastern Conference next year if they spend their chips smartly in free agency. Indiana has talented young players at virtually every position and its one big-dollar contract, Granger's, is both reasonable for his production and tradeable if need be. This group needs time to gel together and an infusion of elite talent. The flexibility and building blocks are in place for that to happen.
    It's great to get some love, but that honestly feels pretty darn high to me.

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    Re: CBS Sports says we've got the 10th best roster in the NBA

    Well it's pretty reasonable given the condition that the team should spend wisely in the free agency and there's a wide range of possible improvements as compared to most teams who are tied with some awful contracts. But as I said before on others, ranking rosters based on name does not necessarily reflect on the future team standings as the season progresses.

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      Re: CBS Sports says we've got the 10th best roster in the NBA

      Interesting to me that Tyler Hansbrough is not an asset.
      "A man with no belly has no appetite for life."

      - Salman Rushdie

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        Re: CBS Sports says we've got the 10th best roster in the NBA

        Originally posted by mellifluous View Post
        Interesting to me that Tyler Hansbrough is not an asset.
        or they could just say James Posey, but James Posey's expiring contract
        Sittin on top of the world!

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          Re: CBS Sports says we've got the 10th best roster in the NBA

          i agree with the premise that the pacers have a very attractive roster situation going forward. but quibble with the specifics of his list.

          danny is not an anchor. neither is his contract.

          the value of james posey's expiring contract. expiring contracts can be useful to take back salary if a team is over the cap. but in the pacer's case, teams won't want to take back a contract they don't have to. for posey's contract to be valuable, posey will have to be playing well. if he is playing well, the pacers have no reason to trade him then.

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          • #6
            Re: CBS Sports says we've got the 10th best roster in the NBA

            We deserved to be 10th on that list after all the years of struggling. Good read though.

            My favorite part is the Kahn taunt.

            "[...] or an owner that isn't demanding a win now proposition and is simply looking for some thrills this group could deliver that if armed with the right coach and a clear-thinking GM. The group is still years away but at least it's no longer decades away. "

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            • #7
              Re: CBS Sports says we've got the 10th best roster in the NBA

              The criteria's pretty wishy washy. He says it's a list of the roster you want "right now," but then the future's considered. An anchor is originally defined as a guy not worth his contract but then our one anchor has a reasonable and tradeable contract.

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              • #8
                Re: CBS Sports says we've got the 10th best roster in the NBA

                I think it's reasonable to say we have 10th-ranked roster. It's a very solid roster... just not a star-studded one. More than a few experts have said all we need is a superstar to go with our cast to make us a serious contender.
                There are two types of quarterbacks in the league: Those whom over time, the league figures out ... and those who figure out the league.

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                  Re: CBS Sports says we've got the 10th best roster in the NBA

                  They didn't even mention Hansbrough. I'm just glad that people are starting to take notice of this team.

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                  • #10
                    Re: CBS Sports says we've got the 10th best roster in the NBA

                    Originally posted by mellifluous View Post
                    Interesting to me that Tyler Hansbrough is not an asset.
                    That was my immediate thought as well. Especially as a lotto pick from only 2 years ago who has had moderate production


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                      Re: CBS Sports says we've got the 10th best roster in the NBA

                      He was probably scared to mention Hans. Sometimes I get this feeling from over my shoulder like something monstrous is barreling towards me. My eyes get wide and I scream "IT'S HANSBROOOOUGH!" and just take off running.

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                      • #12
                        Re: CBS Sports says we've got the 10th best roster in the NBA

                        lol at ORL so low and others. But what I really got a kick out of was them listing Moe Williams as the Clippers anchor



                        The title is mis leading IMO because I think the writer is saying brightest futures not current rankings. No way in hell Clippes are a top 5 team next year and the Magic are 2nd to last.

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                          Re: CBS Sports says we've got the 10th best roster in the NBA

                          Originally posted by xIndyFan View Post
                          i agree with the premise that the pacers have a very attractive roster situation going forward. but quibble with the specifics of his list.

                          danny is not an anchor. neither is his contract.

                          the value of james posey's expiring contract. expiring contracts can be useful to take back salary if a team is over the cap. but in the pacer's case, teams won't want to take back a contract they don't have to. for posey's contract to be valuable, posey will have to be playing well. if he is playing well, the pacers have no reason to trade him then.
                          Even if he's playing well, Posey is more valuable as an expiring contract than a player. I don't see him getting much time this season, though, barring severe injuries and/or lack of offseason player movement. As far as our "core" being based around Hibbert, George, George, and Collison, that sounds like we're one veteran PF short of having one helluva starting lineup, and a young one at that.
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                            Re: CBS Sports says we've got the 10th best roster in the NBA

                            Originally posted by pacer4ever View Post
                            lol at ORL so low and others. But what I really got a kick out of was them listing Moe Williams as the Clippers anchor


                            The title is mis leading IMO because I think the writer is saying brightest futures not current rankings. No way in hell Clippes are a top 5 team next year and the Magic are 2nd to last.
                            The writer says it's not about future wins, although it goes into account.
                            I believe the writer means "most desirable roster situations". In that sense, obviously any GM would take Clips situation over Orlando - over most situations, tbh.

                            The same goes for us - most GMs would probably love to have Pacers' situation on their teams and add any pieces they want with all the cap.
                            It doesn't mean future wins, since cap can be screwed up very easily, but it is a very nice situation.

                            I do think Celtics are way too low. They still have a few years and they are close. And Rockets are too low. They have a ton of flexibility, no horrible contracts, and the writer doesn't even mention Patrick Patterson who to me is their most promising asset.

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                              Re: CBS Sports says we've got the 10th best roster in the NBA

                              Originally posted by ballism View Post
                              The writer says it's not about future wins, although it goes into account.
                              I believe the writer means "most desirable roster situations". In that sense, obviously any GM would take Clips situation over Orlando - over most situations, tbh.

                              The same goes for us - most GMs would probably love to have Pacers' situation on their teams and add any pieces they want with all the cap.
                              It doesn't mean future wins, since cap can be screwed up very easily, but it is a very nice situation.

                              I do think Celtics are way too low. They still have a few years and they are close. And Rockets are too low. They have a ton of flexibility, no horrible contracts, and the writer doesn't even mention Patrick Patterson who to me is their most promising asset.
                              But Moe Williams the anchor of the Clippers? No way this writer doesnt know what he is talking about.

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