One thing I've been thinking over and over to myself is, "if Derrick Williams is truly best suited to play the 4, how do we get the most out of his skill set." So I ran this idea with a few popular theories on Canis Hoopus.
Coupling this with the idea that has been floated around a lot is the notion of Kevin Love moving to center. Love looks like a really terrible defender when he is going up against the Lemarcus Aldridge players of the world, but I got to imagine he wouldn't be too train-wrecky at the center spot guarding bigger, slower players. At Center there are really only about 4 awful matchups in the NBA for Love, verse probably half of the power forwards.
And finally, the idea of Wes Johnson probably being most effective if he moved to his natural position of Small Forward.
I really believe the best blue print to follow for this team is not OKC, but rather Memphis. Memphis built a legitimate basketball team while making some blunders, questionable free agent signings, and shakey coach, but they kept building and collecting their pieces and one day it started to not look too bad.
They start Z Bowe and Marc Gasol in the post, nothing at all to write home about, but what they do is they have Rudy Gay, Tony Allen and Mike Conely terrorizing the perimeter and that helps soften their big weakness as a defensive team.
If we were to sign Aaron Afflalo and run a lineup out eventually of Rubio, Afflalo, Johnson, Williams and Love do you think we could get to that point where our perimeter defenders are good enough where it is not the end of the world if we don't have a fly swatting rim protector?
Would this/Could this model work for us as a core to build around? Maybe we could package Beasley and Randolph to get our 2012 pick back and draft a Brad Beal and develop him to take over for Afflalo in a few years.
Curious to see what you guys think. I think it could work, probably not championship work, but interesting basketball could be had at target center