and once again welcome back to SportsCastr News were, as always, I am Adam arm break talking, all things nd a.
And as we prepare for all the teams to report down in Orlando on the ninth through the 11th of July, we start to wonder about which teams may suffer some of that rust.
Who's going to be ready to go and fire things up as that eight game restart leads us into the playoff push starting on July 30th 1 of the teams that we took a look at here.
When you think about continuity, familiarity has to be the Toronto Raptors at the top of the Eastern Conference.
Really, you do have the Milwaukee Bucks with Johannes and Middleton and Blood so and starting up blood.
So excuse me and Brook Lopez.
You know, those guys have worked together.
They've been familiar with one another.
So you'd like to think that they're gonna come back into this restart feeling confident that they have an opportunity to just hit the ground running, knowing one another, knowing the game style.
In spite of the fact that the ah, arguably best player in Toronto Raptors from last year and co y Leonard Cane, What a championship, and then left the Toronto Raptors.
Aaron, really one of the best positions to get back into this bubble and really take it by storm.
In a lot of ways, you had SEAQ, um, call come out.
And just in terms of speaking towards the rust quote, I think for me, obviously, after sitting around for a long time, not being able to shoot the basketball or play basketball, it's just going to be, ah, able to get out there on the floor, just run a little bit.
Make sure I got my shots up, work on things I'm going to see in the game.
Ah, pick and rolls.
Two different actions that we run through in the offense and just variations on ways to score.
The more actions that I can have, the more options and different ways I can have to score the better for me and the better for my team.
So that mean it does.
It does say, right, that eight game warm up.
One of the things that we've been highlighting here on by we, I mean, Keith McPherson, Simeon Russell, Matt Brooks, a part of the SportsCastr news family.
When we talk about these eight game warmups, as faras seeding goes, it may not matter to the Bucks.
It may not matter to the Raptors, to the Lakers, to the Clippers, right? Some of these teams fairly locked into their positions, but making sure that your rhythm is strong is what's going to be important.
So one of the things that we're gonna watch for when the restart happens is, Do you see a team like the Raptors ease their stars into it? Do you maybe see them play relatively small minute shares in the 1st 2 or three games? And then in Games 567 or seven and eight, you see them ramp up a little bit and get more towards what their natural minute shares were going to be for the playoff run.
It's all gonna be predicated on how they look early and whether or not you think they're a little bit out of sync.
But one of the things that I love about the Toronto Raptors a couple of things last week or the week prior.
They come out and said Toronto actually got themselves down to Orlando a lot sooner than other teams because they had to come from Canada there already.
And there are in a great position they've already been down in the area, just adjusting, just adjusting to being down there.
What that's gonna feel like now they'll enter the bubble.
So maybe a little like up for them there.
From that standpoint, the other factor for me is again, as I mentioned, you may have lost Coli Leonard, but go down the roster for this team.
See AACM, Lowry, Van Fleet, Powell, Ibaka and you, Obi.
Even McCaw Gasol.
Even Richard Rondae, Hollis Jefferson.
These guys have all been on this roster.
The familiarity is there.
It's why, even after you had, ah, cool, I Leonard leaves to go to the Clippers.
The Raptors still played to a far 46 18 719 win percentage prior to the stoppage of the N B a season.
They have incredible familiarity with one another.
Everyone knows where they're going to be on the court.
And then Siachen specifically took that next leap in his career this season, and that really allows you to take a look at them and say, Well, yes, we lost arguably one of the top 2345 wherever you wanna rank.
Ah, Kawai Leonard when he went over to the Clippers.
But now we also took a guy that maybe we said at the start of last season was a Top 25 player.
These arbitrary but talk 25.
But now he feels like he's fringed top 15 or top 30 and now he feels like he's top 20.
Wherever you had him, he's moved that needle for himself.
And you could even combine that with the idea that Fred Van Fleet has actually taken another step forward in his career as well.
Something that I don't think you necessarily thought coming in was going to be.
The case felt like while he's undersized, no similar to A to a Kyle Lowry, obviously, and that you kind of know what you have in him but improved his game a little bit.
That perimeter shot became even more valuable for him, so all of a sudden you have some players just taking an incremental step forward like Van Fleet were significant, jumps forward like Ah Pascal siac Um and they could become the leaders of this team and very much have as you head back into this bubble and the restart for the MBA season if we want to just briefly take a look again here at Siachen and talk about those numbers going back for his career.
Remember all the way back in the regular season in 2016 17 where he played in 65 games, started 38 for the Toronto Raptors.
Listen, he was giving you 15.
5 minutes per game, only taking under four shots, shooting 50% from the field, not taking any three pointers and giving you four points per game to go along with three rebounds.
Ah, and almost a block and 1/2 a steel to boot.
Okay, there is a role player coming off the bench, giving you a little bit of game fast forward four years later, and he's now, of course, played in all 63 started all 63 games Toronto Raptors had this year.
He's shooting 46% from the field.
Big jump year over four years.
In terms of attempted three pointers, year one had 10.1 attempts.
That's basically zero year two attempted 1.
5 year, three nearly three attempts per game and, in year 46 attempts per game, knocking down a little over two per per per attempt there.
So you're talking about hitting nearly 36% from beyond the arc.
That's a facet of his game that didn't exist in the beginning of his career.
And even though it existed last year, the difference between hitting one out of every three or four on in the game on a game to game average.
Now you're talking about hitting two out of every four.
Hey, that's three more points.
Just in case you're wondering, it also expands it out, forces defense to play you a little more on the perimeter and opens up some lanes.
And when you have smaller guards like Van, Fleet and Lowry just getting that spacing so that those smaller players can get to the rim and not necessarily have to face a large power forward around there that they may have had to previously.
And in the absence of now, Kawai Leonard that this is how you can start to change the dynamic of your team and create a little bit more spacing on the floor for everyone else.
Additionally, when you just think about field goal percentages, listen, he's right where you want him to be.
Ah, he shot shot in other worldly 55% from the field last year.
A lot of that work in and around the rim, though.
Beyond that, the free throw percentages.
Another nice little area incrementally 68 came up with 62 in year, 2% from the free throw line, but then followed it up with 70 8.
They're going to be the leader of a team.
No matter what position you're at.
You need to knock down some of those easy buckets because you have to expect you're going to get those chances at the line.
By the way, attempts at the free throw line for C aacm year one of his career.
Half a game, half a temper game, then upto one, then up to nearly four and then this past season, just over five free throw attempts per game, and he's knocking down the best percentage that he has.
You combine that with his highest rebounding total, his career at 7.
5 highest assist numbers at 3.
5 blocks right where they've always been.
Basically it about one per game and the steals at about one per game as well.
All those numbers, though still incrementally going higher and higher each and every season.
When you have a superstar, leave your team, you start to look around that roster, and they pretty much knew the best candidate for this was going to be SIAC.
Um, and he certainly has taken those rains and now is leading this team forward as they head back into the bubble in Orlando.
I have my eyes on them.
I think that there's still this question mark around the Milwaukee Bucks.
They are essentially the same team that they were last year.
They did fall flat in the playoffs, unfortunately, and something to be said about experience and continuity that you've had success with, on top of which for the Toronto Raptors.
And while it seems years and years ago they are the defending champions, they are the ones that you have to go through at some point and you talk about painting the picture about what you want to see in the Eastern and Western Conference is Listen, I think the Boston Celtics air tremendous unit beyond them.
I don't know if there's anyone else that I'd be super excited to see in an Eastern Conference final.
The match up of the 12 seats always feels really strong, but any scenario of Ah, the Bucks and the rafters, maybe the Celtics mixed in there, curious to see what the 70 Sixers look like upon the restarting.
If they could make a little bit of noise, that's going to be an exciting game of setting Siri's toe watch there, out West.
I wouldn't hate it.
Ah, I want LeBron to cement his legacy even further if he can.
But I wouldn't hate if it was either the Lakers or the Clippers getting met by a young, upstart team.
As I've highlighted on other streams, Dallas Mavericks, a team that I would love to see go it, go in there and make a little bit of noise.
And then if you're Matt Brooks, you probably take a look there at the Houston Rockets and seem that he's been pretty big on as being a sneaky pick here upon the restart.
So you always don't mind seeing a little shakeup.
Ah, and that being the case, though, I think if I wanted to shake up in the East, it might be that in spite of all the cloud and what they've done in the regular season, that Milwaukee isn't there in the Eastern Conference finals.
And you get to see the defending champion Toronto Raptors maybe get into an Eastern Conference battle with the likes of the Boston Celtics.
I just I'm not a fan of their team in general, so I don't know if I want to see them in the position to make it to the finals potentially.
But it's gonna be very interesting to see how it shakes out.
And what team ultimately represents the East heading into the finals.
Likewise, out in the West Man.
And I know that a lot of people are saying, Boy, ah, positive test for the Joker.
You got Victrola Depot saying that he'll join the team but will not play upon the restart, as he was just getting back from his rehab and starting to get his feet wet on the court.
Ah, it's gonna look different.
Yes, other players are gonna test positive.
Yes, we may see some more stars that will not be a part of this.
It is what it is.
And I think you're still going to see a really exciting product.
And it's going to be exciting.
Just toe have sports and specifically the n B A back on TV as we work our way through the back end of the summer.
And what's going to just be an insane September October November December run, where leagues will be starting N B A.
Will be finishing and then kicking off.
Its next year is, well, so tons of fun.
Siachen and the Raptors is one of the teams that I'll certainly be looking forward to watching when the MBA gets back.
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