Dalano Banton traded to Portland

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My only recollection of him was one game while at Nebraska against an "M" team....Michigan, Minnesota, Maryland? Remember thinking wow guys body is built for basketball then thinking during game that he kinda stinks. Makes sense that teams take fliers on players such as this though.
 

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I was kind of hoping the Cs would go after his Raptor teammate as "deep depth", the pride of URI's Jeff Dowtin who I've seen play A LOT. But he is a restricted FA who just got a QO for a 2-way from Toronto, and doesn't have quite as many NBA reps at 2+ years older and several inches shorter than Banton. Banton is probably the higher-upside guy, but I like Dowtin's dependability and 6:1 Assist/TO ratio in limited playing time. If you are to listen to the Toronto commentary on these news stories, they think Banton will develop nicely as someone who can almost play all 5 spots on the floor and is a competitor. If the team continues to value switching, this is a great pickup.
 

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Another signing I like as an upside play. He's probably not going to see a minute of playoff action outside of garbage time, but he can soak up regular season minutes. I'm intrigued to see him away from Nick Nurse and the Raptors because they had zero spacing last year and it's a totally different situation here in Boston, even with the bench units.
 

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Banton looks like a guy who could become a solid role player and isn’t that far away from it. He improved year over year pretty meaningfully pretty much across the board except in terms of playing time. He’s a guy you can feel ok about in a 10-12 regular season role already and has the upside of a true rotation player. Seems like a great pickup and someone I would expect we’ll see get a decent chunk of minutes in the regular season (like 40-50 games at 10-15 mpg), so he should have real opportunity to improve. I like this more than Azubuike, who I think has less of a path to playing time here.
 

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Banton looks like a guy who could become a solid role player and isn’t that far away from it. He improved year over year pretty meaningfully pretty much across the board except in terms of playing time. He’s a guy you can feel ok about in a 10-12 regular season role already and has the upside of a true rotation player. Seems like a great pickup and someone I would expect we’ll see get a decent chunk of minutes in the regular season (like 40-50 games at 10-15 mpg), so he should have real opportunity to improve. I like this more than Azubuike, who I think has less of a path to playing time here.
Wait, we didn't sign Azubuike did I miss that? I thought he was just summer league filler.
 

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I was kind of hoping the Cs would go after his Raptor teammate as "deep depth", the pride of URI's Jeff Dowtin who I've seen play A LOT. But he is a restricted FA who just got a QO for a 2-way from Toronto, and doesn't have quite as many NBA reps at 2+ years older and several inches shorter than Banton. Banton is probably the higher-upside guy, but I like Dowtin's dependability and 6:1 Assist/TO ratio in limited playing time. If you are to listen to the Toronto commentary on these news stories, they think Banton will develop nicely as someone who can almost play all 5 spots on the floor and is a competitor. If the team continues to value switching, this is a great pickup.
Lucky for Pritchard that the Celtics didn’t sign Dowtin, who has absolutely destroyed PP in the past.

Dowtin just can’t shoot. If he could ever figure out how to make three-pointers, he might occupy the back of the rotation of a bad team, but he’s not getting any younger at his age 26 coming up.
 

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Lucky for Pritchard that the Celtics didn’t sign Dowtin, who has absolutely destroyed PP in the past.

Dowtin just can’t shoot. If he could ever figure out how to make three-pointers, he might occupy the back of the rotation of a bad team, but he’s not getting any younger at his age 26 coming up.
I have SOME optimism, he shot 3-pointers at 36% for his college career and improved significantly since being dreadful at the start of his pro career. Dowtin's original form was so long and unorthodox, it needed a complete teardown and rebuild. He is definitely a "ball possession" guy who just provides competent handling without unnecessary turnovers. That's kind of what the Cs should be looking for, their halfcourt defense was very good but those countless possessions where some careless turnover led to a fast break bucket the other way...grrr.
 

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There are so few posts in this thread it's pretty much like starting a new one.

IIRC, Banton hadn't been getting any serious, non-garbage time minutes except for the game against PHI, where he played 8 minutes in the 1Q and 3Q. He had basically 5 straight DNPs and then JMazz started him against ATL and he and Hauser were the first guys off the bench (for JT and DW) against CHI. He's played 18+ and 14+ minutes in the last two games, a season high, and even hit his first 3P of the year against CHI.

(PP came in later for Jrue and ended up playing 22 minutes.)

KP said on the broadcast that he'd be back in the next game or two so maybe Banton goes back to DNPs when that happens but I thought his length and activity on defense helped the Cs.

Maybe if the Cs win the IST, Banton can spend his money on a shot doctor as he'd make tens of millions of dollars if he could shoot league average from 3P at least.
 

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There are so few posts in this thread it's pretty much like starting a new one.

IIRC, Banton hadn't been getting any serious, non-garbage time minutes except for the game against PHI, where he played 8 minutes in the 1Q and 3Q. He had basically 5 straight DNPs and then JMazz started him against ATL and he and Hauser were the first guys off the bench (for JT and DW) against CHI. He's played 18+ and 14+ minutes in the last two games, a season high, and even hit his first 3P of the year against CHI.

(PP came in later for Jrue and ended up playing 22 minutes.)

KP said on the broadcast that he'd be back in the next game or two so maybe Banton goes back to DNPs when that happens but I thought his length and activity on defense helped the Cs.

Maybe if the Cs win the IST, Banton can spend his money on a shot doctor as he'd make tens of millions of dollars if he could shoot league average from 3P at least.
If you watch Banton play, it becomes clear that he is a very good defender all the way around. But he struggles to make open looks.
 

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IIRC, Banton hadn't been getting any serious, non-garbage time minutes except for the game against PHI, where he played 8 minutes in the 1Q and 3Q. He had basically 5 straight DNPs and then JMazz started him against ATL and he and Hauser were the first guys off the bench (for JT and DW) against CHI. He's played 18+ and 14+ minutes in the last two games, a season high, and even hit his first 3P of the year against CHI.
It's hard to really gauge Banton's impact. He played with the starters against Atlanta and was a -4. He seems to be making quicker decisions on offense, and looks the part of an "active defender" but most of it is likely smoke. Put it this way: if Svi were getting those minutes I doubt things would be any worse.
 

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It's hard to really gauge Banton's impact. He played with the starters against Atlanta and was a -4. He seems to be making quicker decisions on offense, and looks the part of an "active defender" but most of it is likely smoke. Put it this way: if Svi were getting those minutes I doubt things would be any worse.
This may be correct but watch Svi on defense - maybe my eyes are fooling me but he seems to get lost regularly which leads to scrambles and an overall breakdown on team defense. Maybe this isn't correct but it feels like Udoka and Mazzulla will always lean towards stronger-D/weaker-O players over the opposite. Svi can clearly stroke it but he seems to give back more on the other end.

The C's need an attribute slider from Rick And Morty.
 

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My only recollection of him was one game while at Nebraska against an "M" team....Michigan, Minnesota, Maryland? Remember thinking wow guys body is built for basketball then thinking during game that he kinda stinks. Makes sense that teams take fliers on players such as this though.
He still kinda stinks.