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    Quote Originally Posted by theng View Post
    I like to think about a lineup with:
    Avdija, Zoosman, Casspi, Caloiaro, Acy
    All > 2.0 meters, can shot, run, switch on defense...
    I can see it actually work in some situations.
    ok for your position 3 and 4. i'd prefere casspi would play 4 sharing min with caloiaro to give chances zoo to play sf position. u cant compare acy with black in c position. acy must be our 15 min center. nothing more.avdija deserve long minutes this year but sg position is something to share between zoo diba bryant, first . dorsey wolters pg

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmercer80 View Post
    Only injuries can keep this team outside the playoffs. Dorsey is a player I love and he has already demonstrated to be able to play very well as a pg.

    Injuries are the real danger because some players (Casspi, Acy, Black) had various physical problems during the last seasons. Hope injuries will be limited as much as possible.
    sorry what? Dorsey as a PG?
    Are we talking about the same player?
    He can only play as a SG in european basketball

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    Default All Signings of Maccabi Tel Aviv For 2019/20 Season

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    this year there arent teams can win every game easily. best 8 team are closer as much as never happened. among those teams, i think we have higher chance to improve . we arent best team and we will not win title but actually we started to play with caloiaro just last day, and this is a great improvement , mainly if sfair will cut minute to acy giving caloiaro at least 20 min per game. but also i m sure we still didnt see anything by bryant and dorsey. Bryant has big talent. it will come out soon or late. dorsey, well, he could be a crack in europe.actually he is too worried to show everybody he could be dominant in el. the day he will start play bball with no secondary toughts, we ll have a great improvement. sfair, well, the same old story with him. he must consider his players counting on their skills & stats,forgetting their names

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    Nice to read this thread in retrospect

    For further retrospective readers:
    - Dibartholomeo made a reasonable transition to PG. Mostly earning his keep on the defense and giving Scottie some rest from leading the ball into play
    However, he injured his pectoral and is effectively out for the season
    - Scottie zeroed his sights and is currently arguably the second most terrifying shooter after Larkin. He's hitting wild 3's, floaters and lay ups. Mike James may be better on clutch 3's but his inside game is something the defense can live with
    - Casspi turned out a solid PF that complements the team in many areas
    However, he is suffering from injuries and doesn't look like he could keep up with the team
    - Wolters turned out to be a very reasonable PG. Good D and sound playmaking allow Scottie and Black to do what they do best
    However, got a long term injury
    - Black a monster in the paint. Showing some suseptability to injuries but this hopefully will be contained
    - Acy a little streaky from 3 but a defensive asset (quick hands, good feel for the block, ample mass to oppose post plays)
    - Hunter turned out to be HUGE steal, very versatile on both sides. Defensive asset and great finisher at the rim
    - Bryant a HUGE steal. Credible threat from the 3, tenacious defender
    - Dorsey shows potential. Very energetic but mostly leading to a dead end. Don't leave him alone at the 3 but a tight defender can count on a stop, with consistency
    - Sandy Cohen an athletic freak but so far doesn't look like a basketball player (his play, not his actual look!)
    - Caloiaro was supposed to be benched or lent to another team but, with injuries plaguing the team, he was able to quickly dust off and provide solid, consistent benefit on both sides of the court
    - Jake Cohen showing improvement. Not a defensive hole anymore. Credible perimeter threat, rebounding asset
    - Avdija not making an impact. Nice coast to coast runs ending with a dunk but in standing play, he just waits in his corner, adding nothing to the play
    - Zoosman a defensive asset and a mismatch on guards in post play. Rebounding asset, shooting liability.

    I am writing this after Maccabi, without Black, Casspi, Wolters and Dibartholomeo beat CSKA (!!!)

    Looks like a cohesive team. Coach Sfero overall a creative and pragmatic coach with good responsiveness and accuracy.
    Team is relying heavily on defensive stops (leading the league in defensive rating), 3'pointers and transition offense.

    Team is currently desperately looking for a PG.
    Unfortunately, this might be the demise of a very interesting team, as late additions, especially in the "smart" areas of the play are rarely managing to learn the playbook in time
    I think unless a miracle happens and they land a good PG that manages to really tag along with the team, the team will gas-out within the next 4 games.

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    One question I would like to raise:
    Zoosman is listed as "2.00"
    Avdija is listed as "2.05"

    This looks like lies. Zoosman often appears taller than Avdija. I estimate they are both around 2.03
    What do you reckon?

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