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Old 09-24-2011, 08:27 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I think we can emerge from this lockout as winners in two ways:

-if it's a full season lockout, we will get another high draft pick.
-Most of our core of young players get another year of physical maturity and development. DeMar, Ed, Jerryd Bayless, Jonas, Alabi and to a lesser extent Amir Johnson get another year of physical development, and a summer/fall/(year?) off to develop their game. Jose, Barbosa and Kleiza get an offseason to recover from injuries. Bargnani won't really benefit at his age but won't be logging the usual NBA player mileage on his body so it should be a wash.

Meanwhile the NBA's old guard players get a year older, and many of these players are on good teams. KG, Duncan, Kobe, Nash, Dirk, Ginobili, Billups, Kidd, Terry, Grant Hill, Marion and Vince aren't getting any younger.

Our young players (DeMar, Jonas, and Davis) really need to use the time off to develop their game, especially because they all have little collegiate experience.
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