I have been trying to figure out CLE, ORL, OKC vs. TOR, HOU, MIL, BOS, etc… E.g. the over achievers vs. under achievers after 2-3 games. Certain teams make sense where they are in the W-L tally but many don’t, and I don’t know in which bucket we reside. I started to wonder, and ask you guys’ thoughts, the following.
We made really only one big change in the offseason in Hayward, two if you count drafting Ball but I don’t think he’s as big an impact on our W-L record to date. Adding Gordon to the team however places a high-usage-rate guy in the middle of everything. Am I right that in both preseason games against ORL (without GH) we won or were in a position to win with our actual rotation guys? That’s not a knock on GH, just says that adapting our team to where he’ll be or him adjusting to where his teammates will be is removed from the equation.
This all plays into the bigger conversation of early returns for every team. I have to believe that shortening training camp by half and halving the preseason games is having an impact as well as not having time for unorganized team activities to occur where guys get to know each other that are new to their respective teams.
It’s all a long way of saying that I don’t buy BKN’s first two games, that’s a team that effectively all the key cogs have been in each others lives for 500+ days. ORL, IND, PHX, ATL all come to mind as teams with extra soak time on their high gravity players. I wonder if we see for yet another two weeks or even up to 10 games for new-high-use-guys to really start to know where teammates are, and I’d count us into that category as well, especially with the addition to Gordon.
Curious if others are seeing the same or thinking there are other contributing factors.