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2024 Point Guards Plan


We recently had a pretty good discussion regarding point guard position since... Well, drafting Victor Wembanyama!

As this team cruise through the season, trading for a point guard at this point is... a moot. We have witnessed the Jeremy Sochan experiment (this experiment was more successful than most would admit IMO) to Branham playing point, and now Tre Jones. Had we took a point guard back in summer to pair up, I could see us attempting to contend this season but that did not happen. When we played Sochan at point, evidently it was to develop specific skillset. When you have list of tasks, you can accomplish something greatly- that is what a great manager do, like Pop.

If we do trade for a point guard, likely it would be because the offer/opportunity is too good to pass up. Player X will need to be part of our plan for next decade, as it is critical for Wemby to have a partner he can trust, this chemistry will take YEARS to develop. If we do wait until 2025 to grab a point guard, well as of right now, there aren't good depth on star point guard position. Although, technically there are some good point forwards and potential lead guards, but not something to bank on. Also, getting a point guard in middle of 2024 campaign makes no sense, as you could tell- Wemby is expecting us to be competitive next year, at least for a play-in.

Which leads me to; starting the guessing game for point guards, who you think would be good choice. Let me make this clear though; I am actually priorizing a star wing player for our roster than I do for a point guard, but it's deemed that it's dire need for Wemby, for sake of chemistry, everything else can come along together. For example; I want us to grab a wing player in 2024 draft class- but I digress.

Let's look at Free agents in 2024: Follow by ranking. (source: https://hoopshype.com/lists/2024-nba-free-agent-rankings/ )

1). Tyrese Maxey, lead guard, 76ers. 6'2" + 6'6" wingspan

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2). Jrue Holiday, Point guard, Celtics. 6'4" + 6'7" wingspan

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - JANUARY 11:  Jrue Holiday #4 of the Boston Celtics reacts to an officials call during the first half of a game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum on January 11, 2024 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

3). Immanuel Quickley, Point Guard, Raptors. 6'2" + 6'8" wingspan

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4). James Harden, Lead Guard, Clippers. 6'5" + 6'11" wingspan

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5). D'Angelo Russell, Point Guard, Lakers. 6'3" + 6'10" wingspan

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6). Bruce Brown, Lead Guard, Raptors. 6'4" + 6'9" wingspan.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 15: Bruce Brown #1 of the Brooklyn Nets passes the ball during the second half against the Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center on May 15, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

I added Bruce here because he is still an interesting choice. If we were able to get Tyrese Maxey (we won't, 76ers are going to sign him) the pick and roll would be deadly with Maxey + Wemby. Moving on- we do like Jrue here! He's pretty old, won't be able to grow with Wemby. Perhaps if he play off the veteran role, but where does that leave Tre Jones? Hmm... Yeah. Quickley was once a slight fan-favorite pick for Spurs for his scoring prowess, but his defense left a lot to be desired despite his wingspan. James Harden... Haha, no. You know it, girl. D'Angelo Russell is now considered as a trade dump by the Lakers, so no thanks. Bruce Brown is technically an all-around player that i love (I also love Josh Hart) could play forward if needed. I like the idea of acquiring him, but not as a long-term point guard.

The VERDICT: If we were to trade away Tre Jones, then Jrue Holiday makes MUCH sense. He could have a chance at winning a champion at end of his years. Also, he'd be a mentor- which is essential to this young team, as the veterans we got are on their ways out.

NBA trade baits (based on those who is ON trade block, not "rumors) which exclude Trae Young Source: https://www.sportskeeda.com/basketball/5-incredibly-skilled-2-way-guards-available-trade-block-ahead-nba-trade-deadline-2024

1). Bruce Brown, Lead Guard, Raptors. 6'4" + 6'9" wingspan

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2). Dejounte Murray, Lead Guard, Hawks. 6'4" + 6'10" wingspan

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - NOVEMBER 17: Dejounte Murray #5 of the Atlanta Hawks looks on during the first half of an NBA In-Season Tournament game against the Philadelphia 76ers at State Farm Arena on November 17, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

3). Alex Caruso, Lead Guard, Bulls. 6'5" + 6'6" wingspan

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 12: Alex Caruso #6 of the Chicago Bulls smiles during the game against the Golden State Warriors on January 12, 2024 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2024 NBAE (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)

4). Malcolm Brogdon, Point Guard, Blazers. 6'4" + 6'10" wingspan

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - DECEMBER 2: Malcolm Brogdon #11 of the Portland Trail Blazers handles the ball during the game against the Utah Jazz on December 2, 2023 at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2023 NBAE (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

5). Zach Lavine, Lead Guard, Bulls. 6'5" + 6'8" wingspan

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If we were to make a trade now, it would need to be someone who can stick on this team longer run. Stability will be something Pop look for first thing in the point guard on trade block.

Bruce Brown is still a good choice, could allow our youngsters gun and shoot (Think Wesley + Branham) where they can get plenty of open looks. Dejounte, I believe we all have love and hate relationship with him; after all he dumped the gas on fire after getting traded away. He's a talented two ways player, in his prime, and definitely can pair up with Wemby. His rebounding is intriguing, but on this squad, it's likely he would be a third star and can he accept that? I don't think so. We all like Alex, he's seen as a "linebacker" for the Bulls squad, but his injuries left us scared. Malcolm Brogdon is a veteran who got dumped on Blazers that's loaded with guards, not much for him to distribute on the Blazers, but he is what you would call "supersize Tre Jones", does everything little better and is taller plus seasoned. Zach Lavine, poor dude is talented scorer but doesn't do everything else very well. He's a decent passer and rebounder but that's more benefactor of Bulls' style than his skillset.

VERDICT: Trade for Brogdon. At age 31, his game ages well, he can distribute as 6th man, because of his size and defense he can be asked to defend wing players if needed.

NBA DRAFT 2024: source: https://nbadraftroom.com/point-guards/

I'm going to be blunt here, there's only one point guard worth taking in NBA draft class. I know some have been a fan of I. Collier and even Rob Dillingham, but they are starting materials- not star in making.

*drumrolls*

Nikola Topic, Point Guard, Red Star. 6'6" + 7'1" wingspan.

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I believe y'all know where I am heading with this. Topic is an insane interior scorer, who will draw plenty of fouls. His offensive game right now is NBA-ready, despite what some fans may say. His defense could improve, but his wingspan definitely helps. There have been comparisons being thrown around; LaMelo Ball, Cade Cunningham, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Goran Dragic- you get the point. Strong comparisons and for good reason, but I wanted to say one player for sake of efficiency, not expectation: Luka Doncic. No way I am saying Topic is the next Doncic, but do understand that his efficiency and impact on court, the stats is telling as good as Doncic. It's likely they will be different kind of players, which is okay! This poster provide a good depth evaluation on Topic: https://www.reddit.com/r/NBA_Draft/comments/187oddl/my_thoughts_on_nikola_topic/

I have another post coming up which I'll be discussing 2025 plan that focus toward star wing. That's for another time.

Folks, you got it. The transaction this team should make is getting Brogdon if can, likely would need to trade two of our veterans to make this trade work. Maybe 2nd round picks as well.

If we can't, getting Holiday in off-season is a very good idea. As much I do like Tre Jones, I am having hard time seeing him having more value on the team than say, the rookie, young players, and veterans we potentially can get. I understand that people noticed the improvement Wemby had since Tre Jones joined the lineup, but understand the number will get BETTER with more talents at point guard. We are missing explosive passing, deadlier pick and roll, and more team defense that Wemby will benefits from.

The starting squad should look like this entering 2024-2025:

PG - Brogdon/Holiday SG - Devin Vassell SF - Julian Champagnie PF - Jeremy Sochan C - Victor Wembanyama

Topic along with another rookie will be also on this squad. Brodgon/Holiday will elevate our team for year one, until Topic pick up the system. Vassell- you know the drill. Julian, believe it or not is becoming a proper version of Robert Covington. He is improving his spacing game and doesn't require ball in his game makes him a valuable 5th player on a squad like this. Victor Wembanyama won't be the only one who improves with an addition of legit point guards, Jeremy Sochan should see his scoring spiked to 15+ PPG and rebounding definitely will improve.

This squad now should be talents enough to make play-in. Expecting us to making another additional at big position as well, that's a discussion for another time. Stay tuned for my next post regarding 2025 plan!

Thoughts?

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