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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:49 am    Post subject:

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For all the people questioning Kuz, how about we trade him like our other guys & watch him flourish somewhere else? I'm sure they'll be plenty of takers.

It's like they've learned nothing watching BI go from struggling rookie to 18-5-5 on 50/50/80 splits. Patience.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:55 am    Post subject:

Luke definitely messed with his rhythm but can't complain too much about it because the team has played very good in that stretch. His legs are also shot. As someone else pointed out most rookies hit that wall including Tatum.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:57 am    Post subject:

Kuzma is fine..a lot of offensive talent. Teams have started to take notice and are scouting him, so heís going to need to work on some counters...not a big deal.

He still needs to be hitting that open 3 though
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:11 pm    Post subject:

BigGameHames wrote:
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Luke messed with his flow... But i wont question his motives. Kuzma needs to be a presence without scoring the ball.


Whatís wrong with being a presence while scoring the ball? I get we all want more, but Iíd be just fine with him burning the nets down. Right now I think itís just about better shot selection. Improved conditioning and strength will also do wonders for him going forward. He has definitely made significant strides on defense though. Skyís the limit.


Strongly disagree. His lack of improvement on the defensive end has been disappointing.


He needs to start with the basics, how to get into a defensive stance.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:11 pm    Post subject:

Kuz has such a beautiful stroke. So smooth.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:38 pm    Post subject:

I definitely don't think Kyle Kuzma is above criticism, but he's being put in a very difficult spot with the injuries in what should be a part of the season where he thrives off the bench. Kuz is inconsistent but sometimes great offensively, and he's always willing to feed another scorer to keep the defense off balance. Having players like Ingram and Hart around helps his game. Dammit anyhow.

Kyle is less than average defensively, not for lack of physical ability or even desire, but for lack of fundamentals as has been pointed out by numerous posters including GT in LFR and VLF just above. This puts Kuz at a huge disadvantage when getting plunked into the 3 spot against quicker wings and driving guards funneled his direction.

I don't think it'll stay this way. Randle sucked at defense too his first year, now he's pretty decent at man defense, not making as many mistakes on team defense, and can actually guard perimeter players. Kuzma strikes me as intelligent, I look forward to seeing how good he is 2 years from now.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:42 pm    Post subject:

If Maglinka traded him in a package with Deng to free up that second max, I wouldn't be mad. They can then resign Randle.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:59 pm    Post subject:

Heís hit the wall, but heís done more than enough earlier in the season to earn patience from us. Iím confident that our FO sees that and is much more patient than reactionary arm chair GMs.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:12 pm    Post subject:

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Of all rookies shooting at least 4 threes per game, only 3 shoot a higher percentage than Kuzma. Kuzma is also third in scoring among rookies and Simmons is number 2 in his second season. There is a lot of good to talk about. His defense is terrible but he does some good things too.


This is Ben Simmonsí first season
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:59 pm    Post subject:

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If Maglinka traded him in a package with Deng to free up that second max, I wouldn't be mad. They can then resign Randle.


NO! I would rather attach two first round picks to Deng to make that deal work. Kuz is the real deal, don't trade him now.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:06 pm    Post subject:

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If Maglinka traded him in a package with Deng to free up that second max, I wouldn't be mad. They can then resign Randle.


NO! I would rather attach two first round picks to Deng to make that deal work. Kuz is the real deal, don't trade him now.

Exactly. Kuz is the real deal and is on a cost controlled rookie contract. I also believe Magic has more loyalty to the players he drafted.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:46 pm    Post subject:

All of you that jumped off the bus.... LOL!

Stop expecting rookies to be consistent. The talent is there. Just needs time.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:47 pm    Post subject:

BizLA wrote:
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Of all rookies shooting at least 4 threes per game, only 3 shoot a higher percentage than Kuzma. Kuzma is also third in scoring among rookies and Simmons is number 2 in his second season. There is a lot of good to talk about. His defense is terrible but he does some good things too.


This is Ben Simmonsí first season


Maybe playing, but he was with the sixers all last season - training/learning. Thatís a big advantage.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:49 pm    Post subject:

Doc JC wrote:
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Of all rookies shooting at least 4 threes per game, only 3 shoot a higher percentage than Kuzma. Kuzma is also third in scoring among rookies and Simmons is number 2 in his second season. There is a lot of good to talk about. His defense is terrible but he does some good things too.


This is Ben Simmonsí first season


Maybe playing, but he was with the sixers all last season - training/learning. Thatís a big advantage.


Yes that is an advantage. Randle also benefited from that.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:21 pm    Post subject:

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Of all rookies shooting at least 4 threes per game, only 3 shoot a higher percentage than Kuzma. Kuzma is also third in scoring among rookies and Simmons is number 2 in his second season. There is a lot of good to talk about. His defense is terrible but he does some good things too.


This is Ben Simmonsí first season


Maybe playing, but he was with the sixers all last season - training/learning. Thatís a big advantage.


Yes that is an advantage. Randle also benefited from that.


Plus Simmons could have played 20 games last season. He was held out because of the process. Randle was legit out.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:27 pm    Post subject:

YES! He's finally attacking the basket again, and looks great doing it tonight. KUZZZZZZZZZZ
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:43 pm    Post subject:

Doc JC wrote:
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Of all rookies shooting at least 4 threes per game, only 3 shoot a higher percentage than Kuzma. Kuzma is also third in scoring among rookies and Simmons is number 2 in his second season. There is a lot of good to talk about. His defense is terrible but he does some good things too.


This is Ben Simmonsí first season


Maybe playing, but he was with the sixers all last season - training/learning. Thatís a big advantage.

Ironic coming from the same fans who wanted to "ignore" Russell's first year because he spent it under Byron Scott lmao
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:53 pm    Post subject:

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If Maglinka traded him in a package with Deng to free up that second max, I wouldn't be mad. They can then resign Randle.
that will NEVER happen.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:58 pm    Post subject:

Good game Kuz!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:00 pm    Post subject:

Good bounce back offensive game tonight, mixing drives and jumpers.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:10 pm    Post subject:

Kuzma has been getting more steals and blocks lately...good to see. He's averaging 1.1 steals and 0.9 blocks in the last 11 games. That might not sound like much, but he averaged 0.6 steals and 0.4 blocks prior to this stretch.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:23 pm    Post subject:

Kuz played a team-high 42 minutes tonight.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:28 pm    Post subject:

Great game tonight. Mixed his game up and kept the defense on their toes.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:31 pm    Post subject:

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Kuz is going for 20+ tonight.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:39 pm    Post subject:

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Kuzma has been getting more steals and blocks lately...good to see. He's averaging 1.1 steals and 0.9 blocks in the last 11 games. That might not sound like much, but he averaged 0.6 steals and 0.4 blocks prior to this stretch.


Thanks. Great to see and the more he plays a 2 way game the better his chances of starting and getting big minutes when everyone is healthy.
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