Nene almost always makes a big impact when he's on the floor. He just doesn't really make bad plays.
He takes up so much space, it's nice having him. He also has a wild looking style of play but it's actually really controlled and effective and yields efficient results.
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Nene is our best player. Him coming in off the bench has kept games from becoming blowouts because he can stop the bleeding and take over the paint. He was dominating Josh Smith and Horford physically. It's just such a shame about his foot injury because if he were playing 35+ MPG, he could make the All Star team for us as much as he's featured here.
I've been looking at different options for big men we could pursue and there really isn't a better one than Nene out there IMO. If we're planning on rebooting, we're probably going to have to keep Nene. We can't make the mistake of going too young all over again and Nene as the big can keep the pieces from falling apart when he's on the court.
I don't really think we're going to reboot though. I think right now we're stuck in an awful place because we don't know if John Wall will be our franchise guy moving forward. I get more pessimistic about it every day.
It's a gamble moving forward as if Wall is our franchise guy, but I'm thinking it's one we're going to take. I can't see this FO trading him before his value goes into the crapper.
So be that as it may, to salvage the Wall era we need to keep a lot of this roster together for next year. I'm thinking you keep these guys and use them as the core of next year's rotation:
Probably keep Singleton too for now. But it's time to try and trade Booker and Ves and Singleton should be on the table if the offer is decent. Hopefully Ariza doesn't pick up his option. If he does, hopefully we can deal him. Hopefully we can either trade Okafor or let his deal expire after next season. Everyone else on the team today is on a one year deal.
1 - Wall
2 - Beal
3 - Webster
4 - Seraphin
5 - Nene
6 - Crawford
10 - Martin
We would already have our starting five and sixth man roles set going into the season and you end of the rotation guy in place. The job would be to find guys 7, 8, & 9.
Hopefully one would come through our high draft pick. Hopefully another would come from the Ves/Book trade. Hopefully one would either be Singleton or come from the Oak/Ariza deal.
7 - Shabazz/Noel/Len/Zeller
8 - Singleton
9 - Derrick Williams?
That team still sucks at rebounding unfortunately. And the top end is not good enough to hang with the league's best, though they still have untapped potential. But there would actually be preexisting chemistry and defined roles going into the season, and the unit would probably be competitive and capable of going .500 next season if Wall and Nene are actually healthy.