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JeffB
LX wrote:
The missed freethrows were just weird. Kyle looks like he can't miss from deep then can't make anything at the line. They looked really zeroed-in on offense, but looked more like they should once they scored off of defense late in the game. Glad to see that there is no satisfaction in one good quarter of play, even if that was all that was needed. Lots of good feelings in play with Tross and Biz, so I'll give them a bit of a pass for not bearing down completely.

Poeltl has outplayed Jonas considerably since the break. The future would appear to be about their roles getting reversed as far as starting and being a reserve goes.


It's hard to pick one young bench player as my favorite because they all seem to come up big most nights. But Poeltl is starting to become my favorite. Smart, positionally sound, great footwork, great hands. And he's only 22....
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LX
JeffB_STR82DVD wrote:


It's hard to pick one young bench player as my favorite because they all seem to come up big most nights. But Poeltl is starting to become my favorite. Smart, positionally sound, great footwork, great hands. And he's only 22....


Yeah, I liked him a lot from the start, but now that he's getting stronger, he just seems to have such a nice ceiling.

I was shocked at how rail thin he was when i saw him live a year ago. I agree that he shouldn't necessarily get bigger. He probably doesn't have the frame to get all that much bulkier. But he has to keep getting stronger, and that is going to go a long ways to even adding some more athleticism and solidifying his overall soundness.

Watching him defend is so much fun. He's so aware and a half step ahead. I loved how on one possession the little pass off to Biyombo at the rim ended up right in Poeltl's gut, because Jak was able to defend the ballhandler and the pass so easily and just play the angles at the end. And he's just getting to where he can really establish position. Can hardly wait to see him a year from now. He might get to be something like what you would get by combining Pau and Marc Gasol. The shot will come as well.
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elT
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Yeah, I liked him a lot from the start, but now that he's getting stronger, he just seems to have such a nice ceiling. I was shocked at how rail thin he was when i saw him live a year ago. I agree that he shouldn't necessarily get bigger. He probably doesn't have the frame to get all that much bulkier. But he has to keep getting stronger, and that is going to go a long ways to even adding some more athleticism and solidifying his overall soundness. Watching him defend is so much fun. He's so aware and a half step ahead. I loved how on one possession the little pass off to Biyombo at the rim ended up right in Poeltl's gut, because Jak was able to defend the ballhandler and the pass so easily and just play the angles at the end. And he's just getting to where he can really establish position. Can hardly wait to see him a year from now. He might get to be something like what you would get by combining Pau and Marc Gasol. The shot will come as well.


Biological maturity baby! Doesn't have to add a gram of mass but can get a ton stronger. 

I love his sneaky athleticism and awareness on both ends. Some of his finishes tonight were just pristine basketball beauty, other were classic Germanic efficiency and that one spin and pass to CJ in the corner for a made three was ballet on a basketball court. Poeltl can be special. Just like Siakam. It would be awesome if their bromance inherits Raptorland from Lowry and DDR bromance. Move the torch from backcourt to frontcourt!
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moremilk
JeffB_STR82DVD wrote:
It's hard to pick one young bench player as my favorite because they all seem to come up big most nights. But Poeltl is starting to become my favorite. Smart, positionally sound, great footwork, great hands. And he's only 22....


I really like them all about equally, but I would siakam if pushed. What pushes him over the others is his demeanor and smile. Reminds me of biz a little in that respect. He's also probably the best of the bunch overall and possibly with the highest ceiling as well.
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Tommy C
JeffB_STR82DVD wrote:


It's hard to pick one young bench player as my favorite because they all seem to come up big most nights. But Poeltl is starting to become my favorite. Smart, positionally sound, great footwork, great hands. And he's only 22....


Poeltl needs to develop a mid-range game, I remember there were talks about his range but I haven’t seen it yet, and while he is joy to watch especially defensively he has plenty of catch-up to do to become a starter imo.
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elT
Tommy C wrote:
Poeltl needs to develop a mid-range game, I remember there were talks about his range but I haven’t seen it yet, and while he is joy to watch especially defensively he has plenty of catch-up to do to become a starter imo.


He has a nice shot, too slow for in game use. He did hit one corner three and his free throw % has improved a ton, has hit 15 of last 16 attempts. 
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Berimbolo
moremilk wrote:


I really like them all about equally, but I would siakam if pushed. What pushes him over the others is his demeanor and smile. Reminds me of biz a little in that respect. He's also probably the best of the bunch overall and possibly with the highest ceiling as well.



 Been on that train for awhile. he is our Draymond as i said awhile ago and now DeMar is saying that.


 Ppl wanna bring up age etc but Siakim didnt start playing organzied ball til he was 16, he has way more room to grow than the average player his age. he is a freak with that much natural ability and instinct. Its kind of like Hakeem (not that level obv) starting late yet so natural.
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DanH
Poeltl has had a great stretch.  Amazing game last night.  Really looking forward to his development over the next few seasons where he'll likely end up a quality starter for us in a couple years as his body fills out. Really nice to have him and Siakam as a top notch change of pace option for JV and Ibaka, and a different look for certain opponents late in games.

Really promising sign from last night was that when JV was in early foul trouble, Poeltl looked solid with the starting unit.  First time this season he's looked that good in that group - usually either just gets by or looks overmatched.  Not so last night.  Exciting.

Hope OG is not out too long.  On one hand, a few games off would probably do him some good.  On the other, Powell going back in the starting lineup is not something I look forward to.
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gurk
I feel like extended breaks and days off for JV fucks with his rhythm. Hopefully he gets back to playing how he was before the break cause we really need that. He is hesitating on shots again which is not a good sign. Great game from the bench once again, I love watching Jak and Siakam play 
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