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@  slick shoes : (15 March 2017 - 01:34 AM) I filled one out. I don't know anything about college ball so everything was gut feel. wish me luck!
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@  slick shoes : (14 March 2017 - 02:48 PM) As much fun as it is to watch the Warriors lose, I'm gonna need them to go ahead and take 1st place again so that we can potentially avoid them until the WCF.
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@  thejohnnygold : (08 March 2017 - 11:24 PM) I'm not really finding much info on it. We'll see if it persists or was just one of those things that happens in competition sometimes.
@  slick shoes : (07 March 2017 - 06:00 PM) Interesting to see that Dwight is having some of the same issues in Atlanta that he had here.
@  thejohnnygold : (27 February 2017 - 05:43 AM) I don't think this is all or nothing. We've still got some defensive issues to deal with, but this team can give anyone a run for their money.
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@  slick shoes : (23 February 2017 - 09:17 PM) PG was reported to be dealt today by the deadline, but wouldn't commit to sign long term with ANY team other than the... Lakers?
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@  slick shoes : (23 February 2017 - 09:03 PM) I'll pass on Bogut all day long. I agree with, JG. Let's bring up Onuaku before we start bringing in new guys/salaries.
@  rocketrick : (23 February 2017 - 08:05 PM) Opens up Cap Space for someone like Bogut or Sanders or another big that may be bought out later this week by their team..........
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@  thejohnnygold : (10 February 2017 - 02:54 PM) I'll take him!
@  slick shoes : (10 February 2017 - 12:48 PM) Little too late in the season for him to save me, I think.
@  thejohnnygold : (09 February 2017 - 11:22 PM) Yeah...but I think you might enjoy what's about to happen with Giannis ;)

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Sam Dekker vs. Harrison Barnes


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#1 Red94

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 10:22 PM

New post: Sam Dekker vs. Harrison Barnes
By: Rahat Huq

When pressed for a player comparison on the most recent Lowe Post, Daryl Morey mentioned Harrison Barnes as a comp. for Rockets forward Sam Dekker.

 

Via basketballreference, here are the per 36 numbers for both players in their second seasons.  Dekker is 22 and Barnes was 21, at the time.

 

 

Barnes was a slightly better three point shooter at that stage than Dekker, but Dekker is significantly better on 2's.

 

 

And here's the much more meaningful advanced statistical breakdown.  Dekker is significantly better on the boards and also blocks more shots while turning the ball over less.  Morey had noted in the interview that he felt Dekker was the better player.

 

 

And here is Barnes through the years, leading up to this season, his age-24 season.  Points have gone up drastically due to the higher usage but the rebounding totals are pretty disappointing for a player of that athleticism.  The long distance shooting has also come down to earth now that he has been removed from that Golden State ecosystem.  Barnes is on the books this season for the Mavs at $22 million.

 

One hopes Dekker can duplicate the shooting accuracy Barnes provided the Warriors in 2014-2015 (41% on 3's) en route to their title.  He's the latest of Morey's draft-day gems.


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#2 Jatman20

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 11:19 PM

Not a bad comparison Dekker & Harrison Barnes. Just a slight wrinkle for what it's worth. According to 82games.com

............ "Production by Positions"...................Team % at position.................Net Pts............................

Dekker (16/17)........................................................SF 6%..............................-19................................
................................................................................PF 34%............................+83...............................

Barnes (13/14)........................................................SF 67%............................-106...............................
................................................................................PF 13%............................+70................................

The % at position comparison is probably closest with Dekker (16/17) & Barnes (14/15):
Barnes (14/15)........................................................SF 6%................................+4.................................
................................................................................PF 49%..............................+395.............................

My preference would be for the Rockets to draft or obtain additional small forwards in the offseason. Dekker continue as backup PF.

Edited by Jatman20, 04 March 2017 - 11:28 PM.

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#3 Rahat Huq

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Posted 05 March 2017 - 04:47 AM

I think Dekker for sure will continue to be a D'Antoni 4.  


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Posted 05 March 2017 - 05:18 AM

I think Dekker for sure will continue to be a D'Antoni 4.

I would agree. This team would fill a void by bringing in a starter or back up to Ariza next season.

PG/SG: Harden/Bev/EGo/LoW.......enough offense with defense provided by Beverley. Possibly adding Payton II or Taylor.
SF:.......Ariza
PF:.......Ryno/Dekker
C:.........Capela/Harrell....................Chinanu. *Nene logs majority of his time at Center; but is UFA this summer.

Hopefully the Rockets provide dossier to Harrell in exit interview; work on def rotations-positioning/blocking shots/rebounds over the summer.

*According to 82games.com

Edited by Jatman20, 05 March 2017 - 05:19 AM.

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