Discussion in 'Kings Rap' started by VF21, Mar 18, 2017.
I'll be happy if he turns out to be a Marcin Gortat type of player
Which is why Koufos has to go. Between Tolliver, Temple, and a veteran PG, the team has enough "veteran leadership." Trading Koufos is good for him, and good for the Kings.
I like KK....
But I agree that he should be traded. He probably has a much trade value as anyone on the roster, and really we don't need him. He's a "playoff team" player. If he can help us make a move on draft day, I think Vlade pulls the trigger.
Unleash Papa G. Thanks to that awful Cuz trade our goal next season is a high lotto pick. We don't need KK around for that.
If there's a deal out there for Koufos that improves the team long term then of course you make it.
If you could use him to move up in the draft (possibly taking back a bad contract) then sure.
If he could bring back a solid PG then that might be a a good move.
If he can be used as an expiring contract at the deadline then you see who he might bring back.
But there's no reason to trade him just to trade him. He's an ideal mentor for Papagiannis, especially as they both speak Greek.
He's a hardworking pro who makes his living by being rock solid as an interior defender. And unless the Kings draft a center they'll a third one on the roster anyway.
there is that mentorship between vlade/peja when peja first arrived. vlade might see the same for papa
Totally agree. KK is a rock-solid pro. And if we can afford to keep him (in contrast with what we can get for him), but keep him in a back-up role, he will contonue to be good for Papa and good for the Kings.
Georgios can be unstoppable on the block as he ages. 7'2, once he starts putting on muscle.. such a soft touch. Using both hands and looking over both arms at times. At 19, as a rookie I felt confident about him being able to seal in the lane. I can't think of anyone this generation that has that type of old school post game.
I actually really like this comparison. Kanter is one of the few players left with a dominant post-game and I think Papa has the touch and size to tap into that kind of potential. I like that as a role for him moving forward too; 15-25 MPG and letting him be effective in 5-7 minute spurts.
Here is the thing about Joeger, he loves KK and what he brings to the team in his defense and rebounding.
If KK is on the team on opening day, expect him to start opposite WCS.
Joeger stuck to KK starting next to DMC, even though it was not working. Joeger is really stubborn about KK starting.
Skal would be coming off the bench, until he proves to be a really, really, really consistent player.
If you miss PapaG already:
He is in Athens, he was invited to watch the Euroleague QF game of his previous team (Panathinaikos) , when the crowd noticed him they demanded that he would stand up for a proper cheering.
The game atmosphere was as always brilliant , but unf0rtunately we did one of our worst second halves ever and lost the first game and home advantage (best of 5)
I sort-of agree with you and sort-of don't. While it looked at times that Joerger was insistent about starting KK along with DMC, which didn't instill confidence in anyone, it's at least as likely that he wanted KK in the starting lineup to prevent DMC from getting into early foul trouble.
Also, did you notice that KK wins almost all of his jump-balls? DMC, in contrast, has only won two jump balls in his career (both against IT).
That said, I hope KK remains a King, and that he never makes it back into the starting lineup (barring injury). Skal is ready now. Not a year from now.
I'd be surprised if Koufos is traded because of his mentoring relationship with Papa and the other bigs on the team. Guys like Koufos and Temple are extremely important in guiding the youngins in their development on this team, imo.
100% agree with this.
Sidenote Tangent: I just stumbled upon Ayaan Hirsi Ali's videos on YouTube. Brilliant mind. Now I know your avatar.
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