Preseason is the time for eternal optimism... just reading the national rags you'd think there will be 20+ finalist this year... the team officials lob out all sorts of positive spin to sell more tickets and the media runs with it like a bass on a hook...cause they want to be on the teams good side for future stories...and we fall into the same hype trap (to a lesser extent) as every other hopeful fan in the country. That's one of the true value in these forums... we can be free thinkers and chose not to follow the machine. This thread is about concerns I have with the current roster/system. Areas of concern: Our guards allow too much dribble pen. Ben is less effective defending heavy centers. Especially if they have a decent hook shot. Young untested bench. Lack of defense from Delfino & Arroyo Lack of a consistent post game. Our starting SG & SF are light in the pants, (can be pushed around) Can we be as lucky with injuries as last year New less disciplined system Most would probably agree that our bench will be more productive this year (how can it not?)… The question I have is will the points differential improve during the time the bench is replacing the vets. By adding just one more point difference this could easily translate into 5 more wins this year... This year defensive stops by the bench vs, stops by the starters in the same time (last year) should be watched closely. Will the defense be as effective during the time that the starters used to occupy? If we don’t win more games it could easily be directed at the starters for lack of production… however less PT could easily translate to less offensive production. Some might argue that the starters will be more productive due to the extra rest. Just another intriguing mystery to monitor this year.