MSF will be a big loss (both literally & figuratively). MSF & Kamp have really good chemistry between them, and together provide a strong physical presence plus efficient offense in the paint. Replacing all that MSF provides us won't directly happen, but someone like Solomon brings a different set of skills for Monty to use.
Anyway, this year hasn't been bad at all as a rebuilding year, and looking forward to seeing how much better we can be next year.
Have been more surprised this year than most years, but I've never been very surprised. Long before the season started (before MSF's weight loss was reported), I did say Jorge would be a mediocre pg at best but would be excellent 2nd playmaker as a 2 guard, but that we wouldn't have enough offense with Jorge & Smith together on the court. Jorge & Smith have worked together because of Kamp & MSF being so efficient and strong in the paint, coupled with Crabbe being at the high end of expectations (believe ave. 17 - 18 in league play prior to Washington game) and Jorge being able to provide more offense than I expected (he was our 5th option last year behind Randle, PC, Theo & Boykin and definitely not someone our opponents worried about defending).
Overall, although I figured he'd be a double digit scorer, Kamp has been better than I expected. Crabbe has been at the top end of my expectations since Franklin left. And while I also thought Jorge would be a double digit scorer, his scoring has probably been my biggest surprise (still don't see Jorge as a shooter, but he figures out ways to score). Didn't know anything about Powers, but so far so good. Smith has pretty much been exactly what I expected. Upon hearing MSF's loss of weight, my expectations for him changed accordingly, and I'd say he's been exactly as I expected (always liked his skills, but last yr his weight was very limiting). Bak Bak, Solomon & Murray have been basically what I expected. Rossi being out has been a big negative, but hands down, Franklin was my biggest negative surprise (major team addition by subtraction with him leaving).