What is your definition of "leap"?
PER 19.9, TS% 62.6, EFG% 61.1, TRB% 9.7, ORtg 131.8, DRtg 100.6
PER 19.9, TS% 58.0, EFG% 54.5, TRB% 8.8, ORtg 118.6, DRtg 101.4
If that is your definition of “leap”, then I expect everyone on our team to take “leaps” next year.
Also, here is most of your post:
"Caris or Nik
We’d loose a shooter and ELITE PnR player but Caris doesn’t need a ball screen to create, better defender, better rebounder, slasher and will improve his jumpshot off the bounce, which would significantly increase his high ball screen efficiency.
GR3 or Kameron Chatman
Lose a transition athlete, good perimeter defender, ELITE and efficient scorer in the paint. Gain another guy who can execute PnR, better rebounder and better shooter.
Mitch and Morgan or Wilson, Doyle, Donnal
Lose PnR defenders, rebounding, solid interior defenders, ELITE passing bigman and a ELITE helpside defender who cause tons of blocks and steals. Gain perimeter shooting and depth.
Zak and Derrick are going to make MAJOR leaps."
Statements like “Zak and Derrick are going to make MAJOR leaps.” seem to suggest that you are saying there is no chance that they improve at THJ, GRIII, Doglass, Novak, Smotrycz, etc. rates.
Anyways, you must really get your rocks off on arguing, because as I pointed out… I don’t even disagree with your premise. I just feel that it is optimistic to expect to lose 3 players to the NBA, a 5th year starter to graduation, replace them with 4 freshmen, and not miss a beat.
To lose Morgan, McGary, Stauskas, and GRIII and not miss a beat, I think ALL of these things would need to happen.
Caris LeVert would have to take the next step and become a Stauskas-level player.
Irvin would have to take the next step and become a LeVert 2013-2014 level player.
Chatman would have to come in and perform at GRIII (projected 1st round pick) level as a true freshman.
Doyle and/or Donnal would have to come in and perform at 5th year senior Morgan level.
…And even then we don’t have any Wing player off the bench playing a freshman Irvin role.
Can this all happen? Sure it can. I wouldn’t EXPECT it to all happen, though. You are more than entitled to your opinion, though. Also, we have different opinions of what depth means in sports.
I love this site, and the comments made by everyone. Guard yourself against “taking the bait” from people who just want to create an argument under the guise of perceived superiority. Anyone can cite articles, stats, columnists, and draft sites till it becomes nauseating. A good discussion is inclusive in nature, not alienating. Eventually a self-promoter runs out of ammunition if you don’t engage them, and they end up opining to themselves. Don’t respond to an opinion veiled as an invitation to argue, it’s pointless. It lowers the high quality of this site, IMO. I plan on heeding my own advice as well.