Even the role of veteran towel waver with NBA gravitas
is covered by Blake Griffin.
Brad/Zarren's ability to fill in around the JAYs has been absurd. They have improved on every element 3-14 on this roster over the last 18-mths. Trades, extensions, signings, 2-ways, draft picks, RFA use, undrafted rookies, HC shuffling, players sent packing, etc - the roster mechanics & player movement have been exceptional at every turn. While obvious, Brad even made it public on Day 1 that Tatum/Brown were this team's main engines. No more pining for other NBA superstars.
Has Brad turned into some sort of GM/POBO svengali?
Maybe his special skill at Butler was the ability to spot under-recruited talent that would mesh well as a team. How the heck does he pick up a veteran back-up BIG, that hits 3s at 40%, on a super cheap 2yr contract while OKC competes for a playoff spot? A Mike Muscala trade isn't going to grab the headlines, but Milwaukee & the 76ers are cursing out Sam Presti for underwriting TL/Al insurance for free.
Of special note, Bard/Zarren have consistently used the 4/5 spots as a great place to find value while lengthening the roster.
Pretty confident that whatever they do with the 15th spot (Garrison Mathews complaints aside
) will be very clever with an eye toward winning a Championship this year and beyond.