OK, weird season, weird playoffs, and another quick exit.
Our boys still have some work to do to push us through to the REAL big dance but I think that Cunningham and Pendy can really contribute to that goal.
We got to see a lot of these guys early in the year and (for rookies) they showed us that they were up to the NBA challenge. This not only reflects well on these two players but also on KP and his staff and scouts. Dante and Jeff came in ready to play and were rewarded.
Poor Patty Mills. I like this guy but I don't feel like we got any seriously good looks at him on the pro floor this year. When he did get out there it seemed to me like he wasn't really playing his game. He seemed to feel rushed and a little confused and made a few less than perfect decisions. I can't give him anything approaching a decent evaluation...yet.
I am not sure why we didn't see more Pendergraph this year considering our troubles in the "bigs" department. Jeff showed a willingness to be physical and an ability to actually score buckets. If nothing else, he brings a certain contagious tenacity to the team (as seen by his pre-game hype antics) that is something we sorely need.
Dante is my new mancrush. Sorry Batum, but it's true. Cunningham brings intelligence to his overabundance of athleticism. The kid has it where it counts. He plays defense, as in "I am not just going to stand in the correct spot, I am going to deny and smother my opponent". When he scores a huge dunk or a huge block, he does NOT look for the television cameras, he doesn't laugh or smile, he simply rushes to the other end of the floor to continue to do his job. A job he does exceedingly well... for a rookie.
If it were up to me, I'd hang on to both of these players because I really think they can be a contributing factor in our "next level" push.