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Deep breath everyone here we go. I know this is a contentious topic for many of us here in this community. The opinions on these two players couldn't be any more fragmented. There are some who love both these players, citing their defensive prowess, dominant athletic ability, and untapped potential. Let's call this Group A. There are others who see both Smart and Oladipo as deeply flawed NBA prospoects. Opinions on this side of the argument shall be known as Group B. They cite flawed mechanics, poor shooting percentages, and an overall deficiency in being play makers. This leads them to the conclusion that they are incapable of being traditional point guards in the NBA. Even though I see the merits of both arguments I have to deal in logic and common sense when predicting the future make up of our roster.
In using all the information at my disposal I feel Orlando's management, scouting department, and most importantly ownership are aligning themselves with group A. What's the motivation for this? Here are some of my assumptions why. First it has been suggested to me that such a backcourt has existed before. It has existed in Oklahoma City with Russell Westbrook and James Harden. Hennigan was a part of that front office. Secondly I feel the scouting department and Hennigan have probably come to the conclusion that obtaining a top three pick this season is going to be a very difficult achievement. The level of tanking this season is unprecedented. Smart is a very realistic possibility in the pick range of 4-8. Ownerships motivation need only be explained by viewing the empty seats at the Amway Center. A brand of basketball in the likeness of a Harden/Westbrook backcourt would no doubt be an exciting one! Ferocious defense, leading to a high amount of steals and turnovers! A fast paced transition brand of basketball would undoubtedly be exciting and appealing to the fan base.
In remembering the Dwight Howard era everyone should recall how a team is built with an overall style of play in mind. The Howard era was defined by Dwight either chewing up defenders in the post or feeding perimeter sharp shooters out of a double team. I envision a Marcus Smart, Victor Oladipo hybrid backcourt. I foresee them playing the uptempo style I mentioned above. I see them being surrounded by a supporting cast of Athletic big men who can catch lobs, alley oops, and follow up drives with put backs and dunks. I also see them needing a stretch four as well as an array of sharp shooting specialist. These players would knock down three's on kick outs as a result of collapsing defenses. Some examples of players available in this years draft or via trade would include Aaron Gordon, Doug McDermott, and through an Afflalo trade Ed Davis. Can't wait to read the feedback on this one!!!!!!!!