Starting the Minnesota Game:
John Wall, #1 (Draft Pick)
Nick Young, #16
JaVale McGee, #18
Chris Singleton, #18
Andray Blatche, #49
In all seriousness, is this really a surprise? Look at that starting roster. We've got 8 dudes picked out of the top-15, who, with the exception of Blatche and Young, have little to almost no experience. We've got 2 lottery picks. I think Minnesota has 7 in the top-6. Clearly, there is a talent disparity. I'm not stating talent or draft picks determine everything, but an objective viewer would notice this as a striking contrast between re-building franchises. People want to fire Ernie and Flip, and I understand the sentiment, but mostly because Flip deserves better. I can sort of understand Grunfield, but what is the expectation? A winning team? Even a team that would improve over last year?
I too was extremely disheartened by the play, especially the lack of effort, but there is a reason these guys were picked at that level. Obviously, we've noted that they have skill or potential, but even the favorite (outside of Wall) in Singleton is a first-year player.
Again, no excuse for the lack of effort, but being young and terrible, we cannot underestimate the situation: a bad team gets frustrated and gives up. I am not stating excuses, but merely pointing out that it was a sparsely attended, Sunday day game, with an 0-7 team manhandled by the Twolves. Throw in the incident with Rashard Lewis, and the Ricky Rubio haunting, and there was definitely the makings of an implosion.
But, my purpose in this post is to see if anybody shares the same outlook. I think two statements from Flip Saunders and Michael Lee capitulate it: Minnesota has been rebuilding for 5 years (Flip), and Michael Lee points out there just isn't talent on this team.
There is a reason Nick Young didn't get paid. There's a reason we all have always loathed Blatche. McGee is coming off a year in which he used to dribble up court and ate cinammon in the offseason (by the way, you should check out Kevin Love's offseason).So, while he has improved, what do you want from him? Then, Jordan Crawford is our "scoring spark" off the bench. Kevin Seraphin is our back-up center!
We flat out stink talent-wise.