The Baseline Boys are back again and still have their gloves and masks on for the autopsy report series. This week they keep things in the Eastern Conference as two teams with high expectations failed to be competitive most of the season. Tune in as we discuss:
Atlanta Hawks: A team built around the stardom of Trae Young failed to take flight despite optimism about a leap this season.
- Young’s nearly 30, 10 and 5 averages are nothing to sneeze at but the roster was flawed from the beginning.
- Did John Collins‘ injury derail the team more than it should have?
- Is Collins the right secondary piece alongside Young?
- Clint Capella never got a chance to take the court but will he ultimately be happy in Atlanta?
- De’Andre Hunter, Kevin Huerter and Cam Reddish all had flashes but consistency was ultimately their biggest issue.
- Can Lloyd Pierce expect this team to click next season?
- As the team struggled defensively and with playmaking are there players available in a weak free-agent class that can help the team immediately?
Detroit Pistons: Dwyane Casey didn’t sign up for the season that was for the Pistons.
- Injuries to Blake Griffin and Reggie Jackson ensured the team would struggle out the gate.
- Can the team build around Derrick Rose and Christian Wood?
- Can management convince Griffin to be a high-caliber complimentary player in a rebuilding situation?
- How competitive can a backcourt of Rose and Luke Kennard ultimately be?
- With many expiring deals and a city that doesn’t typically attract free agents, Detroit seems destined for another rough season next year.
Coast to Coast
- Victor Oladipo opts out of season restart
- Top assistants Lionel Hollins and Jeff Bzdelick will not enter Orlando bubble
- NBA considering a second bubble in Chicago for teams who will not play in Orlando
It’s another jam-packed edition The Baseline: