Illini in the NBA

#176      
They aren't going to keep all these guards.
White's gonna be moved. They are silly not to.
White is an incredibly talented scorer, so I’m not convinced….consistency and defense are his only draw backs but he’s a young guy so he could improve there
 
#177      

It's stuff like this that makes me a believer in Ayo having a long successful NBA career. He's a coach's dream. I'm thinking an Andre Igoudala type career where he's sticking around the league to his late 30s, and is a valuable piece to championship level teams.

Of course if he proves me wrong and has a Kobe Bryant type career instead, I'd be fine with that.
 
#178      

It's stuff like this that makes me a believer in Ayo having a long successful NBA career. He's a coach's dream. I'm thinking an Andre Igoudala type career where he's sticking around the league to his late 30s, and is a valuable piece to championship level teams.

Of course if he proves me wrong and has a Kobe Bryant type career instead, I'd be fine with that.
He fouled him on this play though, which kind of negates the hustle. Regardless, fantastic first game for Ayo, got a few buckets, played solid defense (I don't think I saw him give up a bucket to his man all night), and most importantly looked like he belonged.
 
#179      
Coby White and Troy Brown are both out. It's going to be tough sledding for him to get minutes, but Billy Donovan likes to play a lot of guys, so hopefully there aren't just strings of DNP's for him.

I'm dying like a little league parent watching this of course.

A blown layup and a sloppy turnover are rookie nerve stuff, the two bricked wide-open threes are the piece that points toward the exit door of the league.

But of course good moments too. It's Ayo, he imposes himself on all facets of the game, you can't miss him.

If Ayo plays good D, Brown is a guy he could overtake in the rotation.
 
#180      
Wow, it would be hard to find anything to be negative about with Ayo's performance in his first game in the league. He showed he belongs in the league.

Jared Butler went 0-5 from the field, 0-4 from three tonight. Joe Weiskamp was Inactive-Coach's Decision for a couple other 2nd rounders tonight.
Did Garza play?
 
#187      
Coby White and Troy Brown are both out. It's going to be tough sledding for him to get minutes, but Billy Donovan likes to play a lot of guys, so hopefully there aren't just strings of DNP's for him.

I'm dying like a little league parent watching this of course.

A blown layup and a sloppy turnover are rookie nerve stuff, the two bricked wide-open threes are the piece that points toward the exit door of the league.

But of course good moments too. It's Ayo, he imposes himself on all facets of the game, you can't miss him.

Not to nitpick but Troy Brown wasn't out Billy D went out of his way to say post game he went with Ayo over him for a reason and he ended up giving them a lift
 
#188      
They don't need scoring help and they are guard heavy. White is the best trade piece they have.
Eh, I think the front office takeaway from just 10 total points off the bench is definitely going to be "we need Coby's scoring on the second unit". It does help Ayo that he accounted for 7 of those 10 points though.
 
#191      
What I saw from Ayo was a willingness to play defense & hustle. But I also saw a bit of nerves/timidness from him which is to be expected, but he should get rid of those as he plays more and settles into a role. But loved that he was out there even in critical moments.
 
#192      

It's stuff like this that makes me a believer in Ayo having a long successful NBA career. He's a coach's dream. I'm thinking an Andre Igoudala type career where he's sticking around the league to his late 30s, and is a valuable piece to championship level teams.

Of course if he proves me wrong and has a Kobe Bryant type career instead, I'd be fine with that.
I'm not saying Ayo was the fastest guy on the court last night, but he sure looked like the fastest guy on the court last night. He is flying in transition, it's fun to watch.
 
#193      
Eh, I think the front office takeaway from just 10 total points off the bench is definitely going to be "we need Coby's scoring on the second unit". It does help Ayo that he accounted for 7 of those 10 points though.
Exactly my thoughts. At least based upon game 1, bench scoring may be a need. I get the team is guard heavy and White is best trade asset, but if not getting some scoring back I don’t see how they can trade him if they really plan to go for playoffs this year. Hopefully they can find trade partner with right player so that Ayo has clearer route to minutes, but as a Bulls fan if they can’t then keep White.
 
#194      
Winged Warrior
Eh, I think the front office takeaway from just 10 total points off the bench is definitely going to be "we need Coby's scoring on the second unit". It does help Ayo that he accounted for 7 of those 10 points though.
Very possible. Hopefully the bench shakes off early rust and gives them a reason to deal.

Edit: they just seem weakest in the post....adding some scoring options there could really help balance
 
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I like the feedback on Ayo! I-L-L baby 🔶️ 🔷️ 💯
 
#196      
Best plus/minus from the bench tonight. That's the way to start.
Not just the best plus/minus from the bench, he was the ONLY plus from the bench. That stat jumps off the sheet!

BENCHMINFG3PTFTOREBDREBREBASTSTLBLKTOPF+/-PTS
A. JohnsonF120-20-00-013400023-70
T. Brown Jr.SF40-00-00-000000003-60
J. GreenPG150-10-10-003310000-80
A. CarusoSG271-51-30-003334225-113
A. DosunmuSG113-81-30-002200111+77
 
#197      
Not just the best plus/minus from the bench, he was the ONLY plus from the bench. That stat jumps off the sheet!

BENCHMINFG3PTFTOREBDREBREBASTSTLBLKTOPF+/-PTS
A. JohnsonF120-20-00-013400023-70
T. Brown Jr.SF40-00-00-000000003-60
J. GreenPG150-10-10-003310000-80
A. CarusoSG271-51-30-003334225-113
A. DosunmuSG113-81-30-002200111+77
He had a great first game but let's be real +/- is only useful as a long term stat. He could just as easily have a good plus minus based on who he was playing with as he could based on personal performance. Not trying to be a negative Nancy over here though so don't roast me 😂
 
#200      
He had a great first game but let's be real +/- is only useful as a long term stat. He could just as easily have a good plus minus based on who he was playing with as he could based on personal performance. Not trying to be a negative Nancy over here though so don't roast me 😂
If you can't read the Hall of Fame tea leaves here I really can't help you.