Originally Posted by Qwertyazerty
What would Barça do if this ever happen? Fire N'Dong and or Fran Vasquez? Cause their roster is full already. As much as I love the idea of having both Gasol back in Europe, I wouldn't find it very classy if Barcelona does that to two important players that have helped so much the team. In addition, both should make huge economical sacrifice to play in Barcelona. But after knowing what Parker has done to help his own team and the love both Gasol have for Barça… impossible is nothing. If this happens, I can just say wow at this season euroleague...
Euroleague, maybe we are overrating CSKA but you have to admit it is a freaking good team on paper. You are acting as each and every player on their roster will offer his worst version this season…
CSKA is not that good on paper though. That's why they are being overrated.
Siska - looks good on paper, but in reality is old and washed up.
Kaun - looks good on paper, but in reality is always injured.
Khryapa - looks good on paper, but in reality is always injured.
Lavrinovic - looks good on paper, but in reality at this point can guard literally no one.
Gordon - looks good on paper, but in reality cannot shoot at all.
Teodosic - looks good on paper, but in reality there is something mentally wrong with him.
The names on the paper are meaningless versus the reality of what is their likely production going to be. I could be wrong, but I don't see anything impressive at all about CSKA's roster to be perfectly honest about it.
I think they are for sure being overrated. The sure bets of that team based on the current state of players are guys like Krstic, Kirilenko, Mejia, Vorontsevich, Ponkrashov.
Schved is still young and is a question mark. And how much will they really get out of guys like Vorontsevich and Ponkrashov anyway? How much do you get out of Gordon, when he can't shoot? What can you realistically expect from Mejia, a guy playing in a big club for the first time in his career?
I just don't see why CSKA is supposed to be so great. I would not consider their roster any better than the rosters of Efes, PAO, Barca, Siena......I'm not even sure why their roster would be that much better than teams like Real Madrid, Baskonia, Olympiacos, Milan, Maccabi, etc.
And last year I remember having this same exact conversation on this board. I said over and over last year that CSKA was not that good of a team and had old and injured players. EVERYONE else guaranteed they would make the final four, or at least be serious contenders for it.
After they played NBA teams extremely tough last year, guys were guaranteeing greatness for CKSA here, and I again said they were not that good of a team and were extremely overrated.
Well, we know how that turned out. Bottom line is, maybe CSKA has a great year, maybe they win it........but the fact is that they are really overrated and are not nearly as good as people say they are.
Because people tend to greatly exaggerate how good each of their players are individually, and almost their whole team is a collection of such players - guys that are not nearly as good as their reputation is.
Even in the case of Krstic and Kirilenko people really overrate them because they base their level on things like EuroBasket........this is not EuroBasket, nor the Olympics or whatever.
This is the Euroleague, where it is much harder to consistently maintain carrying a team and where adjustments are much more of a factor. It's way harder to carry CSKA than it is to carry Serbia or Russia for a small tournament.