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Supersonics Report
Lazlo
June 7, 2006
 
Seattle href=/profile//> Supersonics

Draft href=/profile//> Picks: href=/profile//> 10, href=/profile//> 40, href=/profile//> 53

Depth href=/profile//> Chart:
PG: href=/profile//> Luke href=/profile//> Ridnour, href=/profile//> Earl href=/profile//> Watson, href=/profile//> Mike href=/profile//> Wilks
SG: href=/profile//> Ray href=/profile//> Allen, href=/profile//> Damien href=/profile//> Wilkens
SF: href=/profile//> Rashard href=/profile//> Lewis
PF: href=/profile//> Chris href=/profile//> Wilcox*, href=/profile//> Nick href=/profile//> Collison, href=/profile//> Mikke href=/profile//> Moore
C: href=/profile//> href=/profile//> Johan href=/profile//> Petro, href=/profile//> Robert href=/profile//> Swift, href=/profile//> Danny href=/profile//> Fortson

Background
It href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> began href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> summer, href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> free href=/profile//> agency href=/profile//> cost href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Sonics href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> defensive href=/profile//> minded href=/profile//> coach, href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> assistants href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> perimeter href=/profile//> defender href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Northwest href=/profile//> division href=/profile//> winners href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> before. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> 05-06 href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> started href=/profile//> ugly, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> worst href=/profile//> exhibition href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> transition href=/profile//> defense href=/profile//> seen href=/profile//> outside href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> New href=/profile//> York href=/profile//> city. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> blown href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> repeatedly, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> fighting href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Trailblazers href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> place href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> West. href=/profile//> Things href=/profile//> took href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> turn href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> during href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> midseason, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> GM href=/profile//> Rick href=/profile//> Sund href=/profile//> deserves href=/profile//> credit href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> moves href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> made. href=/profile//> Bob href=/profile//> Hill, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> defensive href=/profile//> minded href=/profile//> coach, href=/profile//> replaced href=/profile//> Bob href=/profile//> Weiss. href=/profile//> Hill href=/profile//> immediately href=/profile//> installed href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> uptempo href=/profile//> offense, href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> excellent href=/profile//> fit href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> current href=/profile//> roster. href=/profile//> Earl href=/profile//> Watson href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Chris href=/profile//> Wilcox href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> acquired href=/profile//> via href=/profile//> trade. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> combination href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> these href=/profile//> moves, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> growth href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> talent href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> roster href=/profile//> resulted href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> finishing href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> strong, href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> 13-11 href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> March href=/profile//> 1st.
Watson href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> key href=/profile//> addition href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> perimeter href=/profile//> defense, href=/profile//> replacing href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> role href=/profile//> filled href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Antonio href=/profile//> Daniels, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> left href=/profile//> via href=/profile//> free href=/profile//> agency href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> summer. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Ridnour href=/profile//> give href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Sonics href=/profile//> 48 href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> play, href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> suited href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> style href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> offense. href=/profile//> And href=/profile//> Wilcox href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> thrived href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> uptempo href=/profile//> style, href=/profile//> showing href=/profile//> signs href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> star. href=/profile//> Whether href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> result href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> behind href=/profile//> Elton href=/profile//> Brands href=/profile//> shadow, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> pace href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> offense, href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> simply href=/profile//> someone href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> new href=/profile//> contract href=/profile//> remains href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> seen. href=/profile//> Obviously href=/profile//> Sonics href=/profile//> fans href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> excited href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> low href=/profile//> post href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> wear href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> green href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> gold href=/profile//> since href=/profile//> Shawn href=/profile//> Kemp href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> prime.
The href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> financial href=/profile//> issues, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> current href=/profile//> owners href=/profile//> claiming href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> losing href=/profile//> money, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> requesting href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> City href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Seattle href=/profile//> upgrade href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> quality href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> current href=/profile//> arena. href=/profile//>

Team href=/profile//> Needs
The href=/profile//> Sonics href=/profile//> biggest href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> improve href=/profile//> defensively. href=/profile//> While href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> strides href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> area href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> Hill href=/profile//> took href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> helm, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> long href=/profile//> way href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> accomplished href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> current href=/profile//> roster. href=/profile//>
Any href=/profile//> offseason href=/profile//> additions, href=/profile//> whether href=/profile//> via href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> free href=/profile//> agency, href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> defense href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> mind. href=/profile//>
The href=/profile//> Sonics href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> deep href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> every href=/profile//> position. href=/profile//> Last href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> pick, href=/profile//> French href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> Mickael href=/profile//> Gelabale, href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> expected href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> join href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//>




GMs href=/profile//> Draft href=/profile//> Strategy:
Assuming href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> re-sign href=/profile//> Chris href=/profile//> Wilcox, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Gelabale href=/profile//> joins href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> wont href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> specific href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> position. href=/profile//> Sund href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Hill href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> probably href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> available href=/profile//> strategy, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Im href=/profile//> guessing href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> lean href=/profile//> towards href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> protect href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> losing href=/profile//> Wilcox. href=/profile//>
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Personal href=/profile//> Analysis
If href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> GM, href=/profile//> Id href=/profile//> trade href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> draft, href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> least href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> round. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> href=/profile//> Collison, href=/profile//> Wilkens href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Swift href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> sophomore href=/profile//> seasons, href=/profile//> Petro href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> rookie. href=/profile//> Ridnour href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> third. href=/profile//> Wilcox href=/profile//> wont href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> 24 href=/profile//> until href=/profile//> September. href=/profile//> Watson href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Rashard href=/profile//> Lewis href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> 26. href=/profile//> These href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> learn href=/profile//> how href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> level, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> together. href=/profile//>
So href=/profile//> Id href=/profile//> trade href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> pick, href=/profile//> either href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> package href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> veteran, href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> future href=/profile//> 1st href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> pick, href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> current href=/profile//> roster href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> chance href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> grow href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> little. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> Id href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> European href=/profile//> route, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> hopes href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> remaining href=/profile//> overseas href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> two. href=/profile//> Id href=/profile//> address href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> bench href=/profile//> needs href=/profile//> via href=/profile//> free href=/profile//> agency. href=/profile//> Again, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> players.
If href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> couldnt href=/profile//> trade href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> #10 href=/profile//> pick, href=/profile//> Id href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> athlete href=/profile//> available href=/profile//> scenario, href=/profile//> probably href=/profile//> leaning href=/profile//> toward href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> power href=/profile//> forward, href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> insurance href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Wilcox href=/profile//> leaving. href=/profile//> Sheldon href=/profile//> Williams href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> Cedric href=/profile//> Simmons href=/profile//> work href=/profile//> here.
 
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