Okay, there are only two types of teams in the NBA, the "haves", and the "have nots". And if your team uses a lotto pick to draft Celtics did the the more polished, face-up bigman in Olynyk at the #13 spot. The Jazz had previously moved up to pick at #9, a long-shot move that was near universally applauded. The team then traded back into the 1st to snag Rudy Gobert.instead of you just told the rest of the universe that you want to be a "have not" team. Or at least that's what hindsight is telling me right now. (And yes, I love the stupidity of calling the franchise with the most rings a "have not" team.) After the first combine drill for the bigs on Day 1 I had come to the conclusion that at the #14 pick if either Kelly or Rudy were available you had to take a chance on them. I distinctly remember telling My_Lo this as we split to cover more ground. The
That validated the opinion I had of him predraft. He was not just good enough to take a 2nd round flier on, but to actually put your money when your mouth is, and go out and get him in the 1st.
Gobert has been a force to be reckoned with in his second season, after a confident showing in the FIBA World Cup. Kelly, my Canadian guy, has not.
Of course, there's more to a game than just two centers. But for me this game is such a small piece of the big picture puzzle, one where Gobert will be a huge piece for future success.
Tonight I expect Gobert to dominate the Leprechauns.
- PG: vs.
- SG: vs.
- SF: vs.
- PF: vs.
- C: vs.
- vs. Rudy Gobert
- vs. Trey Burke
- / vs.
- (UTA) -- out
- (UTA) -- out
- Kelly Olynyk (BOS) -- out
The Jazz should own the paint, the Celtics are going to be good on defense -- particularly at the point guard spot. Gordon Hayward will be the best player on the floor. And well, yeah, Rudy Gobert should feast on the Leprechauns.