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Offline nickagneta

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Tatum, Zizic, Yabusele, Theis, Nader, Ojeleye Bird, Allen(last 2 on 2 way contracts). Thats 8 rookies out of 17 roster positions. Youth doesn't win and our depth is going to have limited NBA experience and be ridiculously young. Especially given rotational vets being Smart, Brown, and Rozier.

I think this team will be good but if the starters don't stay healthy, we could have problems with the bench being so young and inexperienced.

EDIT: added Ojeleye
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Offline Chief Macho

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no.  we're not winning anything anyway.

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Zizic, yabu, and theis have played basketball at a pro high level. Not NBA but you know. Allen is 24, and Tatum doesn't play like his age

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I am. For instance, I would have preferred Mike Scott over Theis, and I'd like a more experienced wing than Nader. But, if one of these guys plays beyond his years, we'll be okay.


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My guess is we will see how everyone develops, and we will trade 2-3 of the younger players by mid-season for vet help.

Either way, we have a great vet core of Horford, IT, Hayward, Morris, Crowder, Baynes, Smart and Rozier. That's 8 guys. That is all most teams really rely on for their core. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum will develop well by mid-season I would think, and Theis is a vet, just not an NBA vet.

Its guys like Zizic, Yabusele, Nadir, and Ojeyle that will likely not be ready to help us win this season, but they are totally worth it as deep bench guys.
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Nope, because the only rookie I see getting minutes off that bat is Tatum, and the others will have to really earn it and outplay veterans.

Between Horford, Baynes, Morris, Crowder, Hayward, Brown, Smart, Thomas, and Rozier that's 9 rotation spots, and that's not even including Tatum or even Theis who is a Euro league veteran.

The way I see it Ainge has kind of 2 rosters, one built to win more now, and one to develop for the future. Of course a few players like Brown, Smart, and Rozier overlap that but they have all proven worthy of some rotation minutes.

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i would just be wasting energy ...not a thing i can do to change it .

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i would just be wasting energy ...not a thing i can do to change it .

LOL....if thats the case, we may as well shut down the forums, none of us actually influence team decisions

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Eh, perhaps if more of them were going to be part of our top-10 rotation guys I'd be concerned, but that doesn't seem to be the case:

PG: IT, Rozier
SG: Brown, Smart
SF: Hayward, Crowder
PF: Morris, Tatum
C: Horford, Baynes

Literally only one of our top-10 rotation guys is a rookie,and he's probably the most NBA-ready rookie at the top of the draft as it is. And even though three of the others are still on rookie-level contracts (Rozier, Brown, and Smart) they all have significant NBA experience, especially Smart, and are closer to vets than rookies.

It's only when you get into the third stringers that we're rookie-heavy, which I don't think will be a problem. We're as strong as any team in the league 10-deep, which is what ultimately matters.
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Tatum, Zizic, Yabusele, Theis, Nader, Bird, Allen(last 2 on 2 way contracts). Thats 7 rookies out of 17 roster positions

Or you can see it 5 rookies out of 15 roster positions (the others are precisely for rookies and you can only have 15 simultaneously). And in our ten-man rotation, how many rookies there will be? Two or three? Even only one? The rate is going dramatically down.

Thomas/Rozier
Smart/Brown
Hayward/Crowder
Morris/Tatum
Horford/Baynes

Anyway, I don't think we should be concerned. Our goal is to be in the ECF these three years until the young movement is ready. What's better than developing rookies in a winning environment?

EDIT: TP @jpotter33 for beating me to say the same  :laugh:

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Not worried at all for the time being.

Tatum and Brown are way ahead on the maturity curve and Tatum in particular got a year of coaching with one of the best coaches on the planet.

Yab has succeeded in Europe, China, D League, and summer league. I'm not sure what else we can ask of a rookie.

Nader played in college 5 years (had to sit out a year after transferring) and then played another year in the D League

Theis is 25

Jabari is 23

Kadeem Allen is 24

These guys aren't your typical 19 year old NBA rookies that took basket weaving at Kentucky.  The guy who did that is off the team now.

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A lot of older rookies and hardly any of them are gonna get big minutes anyways.  So no, not really.

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I'm more concerned about the lack of a franchise altering talent.
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I'm more concerned about the lack of a franchise altering talent.
I feel IT has altered our franchise and losing Hayward is about to alter Utah. A year after Atlanta lost Horford they seem pretty altered

And Tatum just altered the summer league

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Yes.

Would have kept Green over Nader for that very reason.

Too many new players (9) and too many rookies(6)