Well, seems we're very near the halfway point of the season, so I feel a need to complain.
I'll take full blame for taking Brand and injuries happen. I bought into the hype about him being a beast in the East and it never happened. He should be back this weekend but I'm finding it hard to get excited about that anyway. I'd be ecstatic with 20/10 but I don't think it's going to happen.
Iverson - I took him as a guy that would put up points, say 25 ppg or so.
I never thought of him as a true PG (that's why I took Roy/Miller). What I didn't see happening was a trade to a defensively oriented team averaging 90 ppg. Ouch. Iverson goes from second round scoring guy to also ran 7th rounder.
Speaking of trades, how'd you like to have a guy slotted for small forward that is the go-to guy on his team get traded into a slow down offense as a role player? Holy crap, could they make it any worse for Richardson? My fourth round, team scoring leader gets shipped off to the formerly high flying suns as a perimeter scorer where they weren't really short of that in the first place. Another kick in the nuts.
Traded away Roy for Jamison and I'm happy with the trade for the most part. In the end I don't think it makes much difference, it's just coming from a different position. Big Al Jefferson rocks, I love that guy. T-Mac is doing what I figured, being hurt, so no waste of a 9th rounder there. I can hope for more but I ain't holding my breath.
No, my hopes are resting with Mike Dunleavy and Monta Ellis
If, and a monstrous IF it is, they get back to their form of last season (say by the allstar break or so), all of a sudden I'm still in this. If that happens, I'm solid again and have to begin a long climb and hope some folks get hurt on other teams.
PG - Miller
SG - Ellis
SF - Dunleavy
PF - Jamison
C - Jefferson
Util - swapping in Brand/Hilario and some combination of scoring guards Bell/Richardson/McGrady/Ridnour/Rose (who I think ran out of steam about 1/3 of the way into the season)
I'm not liking the view from the bottom and I'll shoulder my share of the blame, but those two trades sucked arse.