Don't get me wrong, there are stretches where Boston can't score and Irving is a master at that, but I think Hayward would also help that a great deal and unlike Irving, Hayward has a more team friendly offensive style and isn't a liability on the defensive end. I just wonder if those Irving for Leonard trade rumors have some actual fire to them and aren't just nonsense to fill the time.
I'm beginning to get concerned that Irving's ball dominance and iso heavy offensive style coupled with his bad defense will actually make Boston worse.
Tommy point on a gutsy post. I'm a cynical fan as well and part of me has concerns about chemistry. But I think Stevens is the best guy to find a way to make it work.
You’re not exactly describing a Popovich type of player either.
Nope, but if Leonard tells them he is leaving, and with Pop not having much time left, then Irving would make a great deal of sense in a straight up swap (or only minor other pieces exchanging hands).
Rozier is clearly not as good as Irving as an overall player, but he seems to have a nice chemistry with the other starters, has completely bought into the Stevens offense, and is a better defender. All of that has made Brown and Tatum much better offensive players and allowed them more freedom defensively (since they aren't covering for Irving). I don't think it is a coincidence that Irving goes down and Brown all of a sudden looks like a #1 scoring option and Tatum has exploded with confidence. I just don't know if Irving's ball dominance has a place in this offense. I never would have thought I would be saying that, but watching the way this team has played without Irving, I'm really not sure he has a place and if Boston can get some other better fitting piece, I'd absolutely consider it.