"Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within groups of people. It is the mode of thinking that happens when the desire for harmony in a decision-making group overrides a realistic appraisal of alternatives. Group members try to minimize conflict and reach a consensus decision without critical evaluation of alternative ideas or viewpoints." - Wikipedia
I've been coming to this site off and on for a few years. There's a lot of thought put into some of the posts, and there's obviously some good statisticians who are involved. This often makes for interesting reading.
That being said, I often see what I'd liken to "groupthink". Where it seems like most, if not all, of the posts and comments have some basic tenets that should not be broken in the world of CH. These groupthoughts are dynamic and evolve over time, but they seem to exist nonetheless.
Caveat: This isn't intended to insult anyone. I just think that it's entertaining to watch these play out. Maybe you'll start noticing them, too. (If you haven't already.)
So, what are the "groupthoughts" of the moment? Here's a list (and feel free to add more in the comments section)
1. Crowder and Barton!!!! Let's trade down and get Crowder and Barton!! Listen, I like both of these guys, too. But, they get WAYYYY to much play on this site. And, if these were mutually exclusive comments on these guys, I'd let it slide. But, the fact that they are constantly tied together as the two we'd pick in a trade down scenario, makes it obvious that it's groupthink.
2. Don't trade Pek!!! I like Pek, and I'd prefer that we keep him. But, he seems to be a bit injury prone and due to get a big contract soon. So, while I don't think we should give him away, we shouldn't take him off the table completely.
3. Trade D-Will for a mediocre player who fits a need better (ie Jared Dudley, etc.). This is a common theme that I think is just bizarre. Yeah, Kahn's draft record hasn't been stellar. But, bailing on an immensely athletic, hard working guy who played with pretty much no preseason, no practice time, and behind an all-star is just stupid. At the very least, give him an off season of work and learning the offense before judging. He's too talented to just give away.
4. Trade draft picks for veterans!!! At what point do you go from being a young player to being a veteran? This is Love's fifth season. Ridnour, Barea, Tolliver (if we keep him) are all vets. We have plenty of money to bring in a couple of free agents (who are veterans). So, why should trade the #18 pick for a veteran? There are plenty of guys who can come in and add good, cheap bench help right away in a couple of key categories (3PT% or SB or REB, etc.). By the way, how did that Martell Webster trade work out?
5. If we keep the pick, it has to be a wing or a backup center. Really? How about a Power Forward? We can't draft one of those? You think I'm nuts? Here's a list of our PF's from last year: Love, D-Will, and a bunch of guys who probably won't be here. Love plays Center sometimes. D-Will plays SF sometimes. There's no reason that we can't consider a versatile 4 like Moultrie (plays PF / C, brings athleticism, put back ability, rebounding) or Royce White (plays SF/PF, BB IQ, ball movement, versatility) or even Sullinger (could play PF/C, great rebounder, could spell Love and Pek). Although, to be fair, White is finally starting to get some love on this site. I'm not saying that we SHOULD draft a PF. I'm just debunking the notion that we CAN'T. As I mentioned in #4, let's be realistic and add someone who can help as a bench player right away. And, if we're lucky, he'll work his way into something better.
6. Amnesty Darko. Why? For cap room? Does anyone think that Taylor is champing at the bit to have an extra $5 Million to spend on another player? No way. Since he still has to pay Darko if amnestied, my guess is that the Wolves either trade him as part of a package or stash him at the end of the bench as an emergency backup C. He doesn't cost much. So, they might as well readjust expectations and get something out of him.
7. Iggy! Iggy! Iggy! I like Iggy. If he can be had at a reasonable price, I'd be all in favor. The problem is that he probably CAN'T be had at a reasonable price. And, while he does a lot of the little things we could really use (perimeter defense, versatile offensive player, etc.), he's not a good outside shooter. Combined with Rubio's outside shooting struggles, we'd need to find a sharpshooter to team with Iggy on the wing. Not impossible. But, that's how I think it'd have to work.
Anyways, it's been fun. If there are any other standout groupthoughts that you've noticed, I'd love to have you put them in the comments.
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