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And we come to you on a Friday ahead of the resumption of the N B.
A schedule for the playoffs here as we get into the weekend, that should kick off starting tomorrow again, following a couple of days off as we know the n b A and really the players leading an effort to bring additional awareness to the situation around this country in regards to the way the black communities being treated and then trying to take care of a level of systemic racism that we've had.
But as I did talk about that a little bit yesterday in a stream today, we try to bring it a little bit of the later side.
And over these last couple of days, we've seen some of these players get together down there in the bubble, having some dinners and an interesting collection comes together across a few different teams.
Here they got you got me thinking about what could be right.
We always hear about obviously going all the way back to the Jordan, to the Jordan days with Barkley and that crossover with Larry Bird and Magic Johnson and the Dream Team for Team USA in the Olympics.
But what would be the most formidable set of photos that you could create from some different countries of origin and the former Yugoslavia ceasing to think be its own country back in the early nineties, 91 92 actually has a collection of players down there in the bubble that they got together for a little bit of a dinner there amongst them.
We're talking about Luca Don Ships were talking about Gorgon drug itch as well, along with Vucevic's from the Orlando Magic Boban of the Dallas Mavericks as well along there with Luca.
And then, of course, the Joker from the Denver Nuggets all got together for a meal on one of these off days and just obviously shared a couple laughs and maybe swapped a few stories from their N B A days and from their time over in their own home country from where they grew up.
In some of them, like Luca, who was playing over in Europe for number of years, probably a lot closer home and maybe even feeling a little homesick now down in Orlando.
So getting together with some fellow countrymen.
So if we think about that is the starting five for, well, would have been teen Yugoslavia.
How they stack up against the Team USA? Um, I went with.
So for for this mental exercise, there's a lot of different guys that you could choose from, and you could really get into the weeds in Terms Off would be difficult matchups, but let's winnow out the starting five here for a Team USA as well. Call them.
I just went with, obviously Brooklyn guy, So I gave you teh d and Kyrie, along with LeBron James and Anthony Davis from the Lakers and then Coli Leonard off the Clippers.
So in this kind of lineup, we're talking about putting K d.
They're up at the power forward position.
Let any other forward position being taken there, Obviously, by LeBron James.
We keep Kawhi Leonard down there in a guard position alongside Kyrie and then we fourth Anthony Davis to do the unthinkable.
And that is, of course, play at the five consistently in this matchup.
On the other side of it, Pretty straightforward, really.
Obviously you have Luca and you have the dragon Ah, drug ege there who will play those guard positions for you.
We're gonna put Boban obviously at the center and then the forwards we made up of loose a ***** and, of course, the Joker.
So if we go, But let's go by the numbers to start.
And there's a couple of things here that unfortunately we can't account for.
And that, for example, is that the Joker's actual career average for points per game is some 20 right now.
So it's hard to really look at that and say, Well, that's the honest, honest kind of stat line that you get out of him.
Likewise, for a player like Boban in this in this scenario, we also have to find a way to pad his stats a little bit and say, even though he doesn't play significant minutes, I don't think he'd be able to play big minute shares.
You know, for any of these kind of matchups.
Nevertheless, we dive in un anyway, and we think about what could be possible for extended on that a little bit.
So you know, when we look over those stat lines from an offensive output standpoint, you're living in around 88 90 points.
If we want to throw a few extra onto Boban, even if we want to throw on a few extra to the Joker, then you're getting into those mid nineties.
On the other side of that, though, when you talk about career numbers and again, there's some guys in this category like Kyrie, whose career numbers are 22 right now per game.
But really, he's playing closer to 27 28 per a to this stage of his career, and probably by the end of it will be we much higher than where it sits.
Nevertheless, you throw together this roster as constitute another guy takes a big hit from where he started his career.
Where he is now is Kawai Leonard.
At 19 you're talking about 119 points per game, So on the surface you'd say Boy could be some difficulties in terms of keeping pace with some of the offensive firepower they have on T USA Side of Things.
But let's go with layer deeper.
Let's talk about those rafter readings and see how we come out in the wash their on T Yugoslavia's side of things.
You're talking about players that all live there, really led by Luca plus 7.
3 in that rapture rating everybody else? Yeah, actually, Vucevic's plus 4.6.
So really a strong offensive rapture reading for him in that regard.
Everybody else in those ones and twos kind of areas.
Boban, actually a plus 3.
Gotta hope that he could stretch those minutes and play give you that full 48 if you needed two.
This is zero bench work, five on five the old out garage match.
So they ended with an average offensive rapture rating of three.
You lose a little bit when you talk about the Joker because his actual ISR operating actually a little bit lower than you might anticipate on the defensive side for them.
They come out net negative.
And, you know, listen, you talk about young players younger in their career like a Luca.
Could he develop a little bit more, were dig his heels and on the defensive end, Certainly that's a possibility.
You think about Boban and his mobility.
That hurts you in terms of his rating as well.
He's just just slightly under one for himself.
The only one in positives here is actually the Joker.
So, you know, lower lower on the offensive side of things.
1, but also a plus 1.
5 on the defensive side.
So their net negative at the end of the day, the defense, the defense inside of the bowl is going to be a struggle for them.
And then you even think about those wins above replacement average off.
Five wins above replacement for this collective unit carry their really buy boost ceviche and by Luke of both plus 10 in that category.
We go deep on these kind of talks.
On the other side of things, you get K.
Obviously you're talking about just running down the list here.
We'll try to go in positional order.
You're gonna get Kyrie it.
Six Leonard at 6.5.
Then you get into LeBron 6.
4 k d it six and 80 a 2.
3 and the positive on the offensive side.
Good for a offensive rating average of 4.
5 really brought down significantly by a D.
Without that, you be north of six there over the other four starters, but 4.
5 versus 3 14 Yugoslavia as currently constituted down there in the bubble and then on the defensive side of things, they never a one there.
I don't have the official numbers because rapture reading came around this season as faras where K D and what his contributions should be.
So we leave him out of that.
We include him in the offenses side.
But on my history 10.
3 for Kyrie your biggest detriment here.
Really? LeBron a 14.
3 for 83 for Kawai.
So you see how those things balance out? We're even someone like a d.
3 offensively really brings it up on the defense side of the ball on that one, though.
So relatively close war at seven.
So 7 to 5 on the war.
Now, you think about the matchups, though, and this is where it gets pretty difficult.
I think, um, you think about the guard position starting out right? We're actually seeing these matchups play out in that Dallas Mavericks L A Clippers. Siri's.
That'll get back underway.
over the weekend.
But if you're looking at Kyrie and Kawhi Leonard and then you've got drug it and you've got Luca on the other side of the bull, the question becomes, how are you going to slow down Luca? Right? Maybe you get into some of these switch modes where you say, yeah, we're gonna go ahead and get ah Kyrie into a terrible mismatch against Jeez, I don't even know of Vucevic's.
Maybe And then try to allow LeBron James to shift down and try to pick up Luke a handful of times.
Obviously, Leonard can go on to him, but you're gonna have to deal with that on the defensive side of the ball with your team.
USA size advantage here is going to be interesting.
Likewise, even when you talk about getting into the center battles, right, So Katie has the length, but Vucevic's has good size.
The Joker has good size. Really.
What becomes interesting here because those matchups think you're talking about obviously the perimeter shooting off K d.
He's going to be able to use his length on the inside as well, but size and strength for the for the Yugoslavian team really here across the board.
I slim down, obviously, but still has that good length, good defensive presence, and then boo ceviche has enough of a size there to really be able to battle against any of these players.
Whether it is going to be k D or it is gonna be LeBron, I don't mean successfully battle against somebody is gonna be there.
He's gonna be physically stay in front of them enough.
But the perimeter shooting for K d.
That could be an issue.
Then you flip this and you say on the other side of things, what kind of matchup is it going to be between trackage and let's say Kawai Leonard on the offensive end for Team USA.
That could be a problem there for the Yugoslavian defense.
And then you think about Kyrie against Luca or, you know, flip flop these.
Either way, you want to.
Ah, But even though draw Luca has nice size against either one of these players against Kawai or against Kyrie, you're really gonna be pushed to the limit in terms of staying in front of them consistence consistently avoiding some of those little step back, especially in the mid range game where they can get that shot up over top U.
So those are gonna be challenges defensively for this.
You Yugoslavian team.
Ah, the big If I want to go crux here, it's the center position, right? Because what you're going to run into here is Boban and a D.
Now it is a D the best three point shooter.
No, but he can extend that defect.
You can certainly extend the defense.
Extend out on that.
So now you're talking about Boban trying to keep his nimble feet moving against a D.
You try to extend it out, he's gonna get down to the lane on your now in the paint.
I think that Boban could really hold his ground there.
You know, keep it, keep his balance, go up straight.
We all know the size, right? Those monster hand.
I think he could do it a solid job on the defensive end of things.
Just being a physical presence there that we know he's not the best defender.
It's again because of extending out.
Then you think about getting into switches.
Now, if you're talking about getting switched and now you've got Boban against K D and A D would now switch off and saying upon Joker, Now that listen, you can you can live with those kind of matchups.
But as soon as you get into KD switched on Boban, it's blow by its blow by after blow by friends and he's going to these.
Taking those to the rack is gonna have some easy access there.
And then you're still talking about the background about a Busa ***** or a Joker.
Are they gonna try to collapse in around the lane there? Then you start to get to those kick out scenarios with Kyrie with LeBron out there on the perimeter, I mean, listen that there's there's scenarios here when you're talking about LeBron James just living in some spot of shot opportunities because of how much pressure a D would be able to put on Boban and then how that would permeate down into the other forward positions for the Yugoslavian defense in this, you know it.
The interesting thing to me, really is because you're talking about a guy like Luke.
If you want, you want to get down to the bones of it, because drug, it is obviously a veteran of the league.
Ah Boban is what he is, you know, if you want.
Like we said you want, extrapolated out and say, Well, he's a guy that averaged about six points per game But his minute shares so small maybe, you know, in a dream world where he could handle the workload.
He's a he's a 15 to 20 point scorer for you and he's a double digit rebounder, 40.
And that's fantastic.
And he's getting al use that just involved in standing flatfoot and tapping them in their um, it's it's the interesting one is Luca because he's so young and you look over this list and again on the on Team USA side of things you want to say, Ah, if I want to make it even more difficult, maybe I want to throw in a James Harden rate now.
Maybe I want to throw in Dame Lillard, right? And I want to swap out one of these guys and probably with his match, has become a little trickier on the other side of things.
Is that where's the depths gonna come from there? How is the Yugoslavian team going to be able to give these guys.
Some spot rests, but you know, but But a guy like bringing in a guy like game and the perimeter shooting where James Harden his perimeter shooting, neither one of them's going to give you a ton on the defensive end.
That's really why would you build this out? And you'd probably say, if you want to swap out Kyrie for for Dame or you want to swap out Kyrie four.
That's the kind of thing where you just you're saying, which, which would you prefer to watch in that regard? The big one is Kawai Leonard, because he has high defensive upside as well as the offensive output.
So having him there creates both, You know, a defender that you can go ahead and attack against a Luca or against the drug Ege and regards of result.
You know he's gonna get quality defender there, even though we know recently he could have switched.
But he chose not to take on that assignment against Lucca with that last second shot for the Dallas Mavericks getting that game winner in the playoffs.
So you know how those would play out, though not a lot of defensive a***en on the Yugoslavian side of things.
Good size, good strength.
And I just don't know.
Perimeter shooting from Vucevic's would be very interesting.
That be a fun one to watch there as well, because he can get into that rhythm.
And if you're talking about putting him into the forward position, that's against LeBron.
The athleticism, right? It's not a knock on the skill set of some of these players, but I think Luke A very athletic the Joker.
You see him work in the lane.
It could be what feels like running half a step slower than the rest of the players on the court and yet can very gracefully.
As we know, use that euro step.
Use that length and get into the lane can start to cook from the perimeter as well.
So it be curious to see how, how high could you carry your offensive side of things? Could you keep some pressure with a little bit of length there on Team USA? But in a lot of ways, the way we've seen L.
The Lakers, that is.
And you can even talk about Kawhi Leonard defensively if they started to ratchet that up.
We seen how the only Lakers have clamped down on the Portland Trail Blazers on the defense event.
So you know, LeBron is there, got a d there.
You're gonna run into some issues in that regard and then get the starts to lean on the defensive end.
And that's where it feels like the disparity starts to go.
Boban? Yeah, you better believe it. Devil, Jr.
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What if scenario here, Bo Bonds Fantastic again, Boban within this matchup.
But just in general about these guys, Boban is a fantastic player, tohave as this small minutes contributor because that's what he can do.
He could just use his natural size, give you some great offensive runs there.
And when you're in a syriza or a game against the team where hey, we need to look in the house backs.
We need to give a couple of rt players a break here.
You can go ahead and throw Boban out there, let him live around the rim.
But a tap in a couple of easy buckets for you and it just stems the tide About what? Maybe you're losing a defensive end for him or what you're missing without Luca out there without a poor single.
If he's healthy being out there as well, so was it.
These are the what ifs, and if they're ah, they're simulations to be had.
What an interesting want to run through their set out your best five from Luk Yu, Yugoslavia, and see if they can hold their own.
Could they go toe to tell? I don't know for sure.
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We didn't know that he was there, but he's always out there massaging us, pointing us in the right direction on our path of nb a news coverage.
And that, of course, is going to be Nick who who suggested this one? He had a thought, he wondered.
He pontificated allowed, and I took it and I ran with it.
Friends, I'm gonna go a Team USA in this matchup.
I'm going to assume that the offensive firepower is just too much for some of these players the handle, but will be interesting to keep an eye on this.
Who knows what could what could come of some of these matchups over the years and obviously got to look to some other countries over in Europe? But you start to form these thieves super teams, and this is actually we had had one of these conversations as we check in with Devaux here.
Yeah, man, he's another guy who was a great one to think about.
Um, it depends, right? It depends about how he develops physically because players like that, you just wonder about the physicality of the game, obviously, has the size, But can you strengthen your body like that? Not unlike a Boban, where it's just physically he can't take the workload of being a 30 plus minutes guy in the MBA.
But again, it doesn't mean that it can't be valuable.
You know, Taco Fall could end up being a really nice contributor, a championship team, not someone you can rely on for starter minutes.
But he creates a real mismatch and a real balance for you off your bench when you need to get those minutes Share spread out there.
So we had had a conversation a while ago.
Ah, where you talked about your form of some of the best teams you could possibly look at.
And you start to say, Oh, well, you know, you say Luca.
Well, now, Luca not not USA, you say? Yeah, it's not.
No, no, sorry. He's, you know he's from Greece.
You start to run through some of the best players in the league, right in the top 10 the top 15 the top 20 these Air international players.
And that's fantastic for the n B A.
The depth is faras international players goes, gets a little bit more interesting.
And that's but that's a fun one to think about, like form the best international team world to take on the best USA players.
And then you start the pile up some of these other guys where Vucevic's becomes maybe a player off the bench, even for that roster.
As you start to run through some of the other guys, you're going to be able to pull in there, including, I'm gonna forget one of the players, you know, it's like, ah, playing.
Ah, sorry, Dennis Schroder, playing for the thunder.
Write another great guy toe.
Look into one of those bench rules for international team because he is a German born player.
So this is the fun stuff.
We had a little bit of a reprieve from the N B A playoffs coverage that should be kicking back off starting tomorrow.
But in the meantime, dream a little dream.
Think about where were you from? Where's your family heritage in the background there.
Form your power five and see if they could take on the likes of KD and LeBron and A.
D and Kawai and Kyra's.
I've constituted them.
But who would be your five that you would send out there for Team USA as well? That actually becomes a really exciting conversation to where you know it Not not Kyrie.
Maybe you want James Harden.
Maybe you want game time in there.
Maybe you want some of the young guys that you've seen there.
Who's the best Team USA, under 25 years old, has some fun friends.
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