I expect pretty much nothing from late 1st round picks in the NBA, and Hairston has delivered. He's been abysmal this summer. I don't put any stock into summer leagues, but I didn't expect much from him this season to begin with and he's certainly done nothing to change that opinion. I still like the pick because he has "potential" and late 1st's are worthless, but he's years away. I get douche chills when I read people on here expecting him to be a major contributor right away.
This is why the thread was started. Prove ourselves by being a playoff team for several years and maintain our flexibility through the process. Why overspend on mid tier talent, then not have the money when we're finally actually a viable landing spot.
By the time we're a "viable landing spot", any contracts we would hand out will have expired or be expiring. You don't win a prize for having a lot of cap space. At some point you have to turn it into basketball players.
You do realize that Parsons and and Hayward shot the same amount of shots per game, the difference is that Parsons field goal percentage was way better than Hayward's.
Oh and playing Hayward at the two when he shot 31% from the three point line last year (worse than Henderson), that's awful.
Finally Parson's averages a full 2.6 points more per game than Henderson... that's definitely not the same.
That's an awfully simplistic way to evaluate stats. Parsons had Dwight Howard and James Harden taking attention away from him. Hayward had... Derrick Favors and Alec Burks? His shooting percentages dropped last season because he took worse shots, not because he suddenly forgot how to shoot. The Jazz downgraded from Millsap and Jefferson to Kanter and Favors. Reunite him with Big Al and he starts getting better looks and the percentages go up.
I don't think he's amazing and I'm not sold on giving him a massive contract, which someone will do, but I still like Hayward better than Parsons for us.
Barnes is terrible. Can people please stop talking about this guy? He was bad last year, had a decent playoff series against a very favorable matchup, and then was bad this year. He's not going to flip a switch and live up to his high school hype all of a sudden- he's just not very good.