CJ McCollum: Be the leader this team needs you to be.
No one on this roster is older (he just turned 32) and more accomplished than CJ McCollum. And with all the young talent this roster currently boasts, it will be up to the President of the National Basketball Players Association to guide them through the trials and tribulations of the NBA season.
We aren’t just talking about being a figure of wisdom, though. McCollum will need to demonstrate the maturity to take on whatever role this team asks of him – even if that means playing off the ball more or coming off the bench (something I think the team should seriously consider).
Dyson Daniels: Play more like Naji Marshall.
As we said earlier, I love how much conviction Marshall plays the game with. And now, I’m prescribing that Daniels follow in his footsteps.
Daniels has the potential to be one of the best perimeter defenders in basketball. He was also one of the best passers of the 2022 Rookie Class. But like we talked about in his in-depth rookie year breakdown, Daniels needs to be more aggressive on the offensive side of the ball.
In basketball, indecision is worse than making the wrong decision. If Daniels can master that concept, he becomes much more playable for us in 2023-24 (even if his shooting doesn’t take a massive step forward).