Power Forward and Center
Power forward is now, and remains the team’s biggest weak link.
While I personally had very high hopes that Dario Saric was going to be the future at the starting position, it is now all but glaringly obvious that he is not.
Saric is a very good role player. In fact, if James Jones had added a star at the position and still manged to acquire Saric as the backup, this team would be really good right now.
Alas, in the last year of his rookie contract, I thought that there was a chance he was going to play himself into a really nice (for him) extension, but it appears that aside from solid 3-point shooting (36.9% following his 0-5 night against the Dallas Mavericks), he is truly, nothing special.
Deandre Ayton’s suspension really put the start of the regular season in a position of flux that it never should have been.
He should have just completed his 18th game with his teammates. Instead he has missed his 17th consecutive – eight more until his return…
James Jones still does not know exactly what he has in the former first overall pick and therefore should treat him as entirely untouchable.
For this season, the backup position is entirely set with Aron Baynes, and while the Aussie will be 33-years-old come December 9, one might expect that Jones will do everything he can to re-sign the veteran for two more seasons beyond this one.
Frank Kaminsky is in the fold for two years as well, so in the end, unless Ayton somehow regresses following his return, from top to bottom, center might actually be the most set position on the entire roster.