2007-06-12 02:07 pm (UTC)
Part 2: Eastern GMs: Focus on John Paxson.
However, when talking about a seven game series, I think you and I are in perfect agreement. You aren't going to beat Duncan, Parker, Bowen, Oberto and Finley with Ginobili coming off the bench if the only other quality players you have are Drew Gooden and Daniel Gibson. And when your coach is dumb enough not to have Gibson in there, then you're doomed even further.
Seriously, we need some quality GMs and coaches out East. The only good ones, by my reckoning, are in Chicago, Detroit (only a GM there... I don't know how you live with Saunders after he was the only person in the world who could have been outcoached by Mike Brown) and Orlando.
You're on the right track . . . here comes my assist.
I don't regard Chicago's GM to be all that fantastic. The Bulls could be in the Finals with just one big above-average point-scorer of any quality, and they had perimeter players to deal for Zach Randolph last year.
Even if Memphis or Minnesota wouldn't budge off Deng, I'm sure somebody whose big man was capable of 15-20 a night was going to part with him for some perimeter guys.
Duhon has average shooting, passing, defense, but is a minutes-eater. You lose in the long run if Duhon's on a SG or a bigger point guard, but he can do well enough on pure perimeter D if the coach manages subs right.
Nocioni is a nice offensive bench-energy player that is a really poor ball-handler, pure catch-and-shoot, also bad on D. Nocioni, like Varejao, tries to make up for it with charges and slapping guys, but Nocioni really fails at that game.
Ben Gordon is a pure bench undersized SG with a sweet shot who cannot move or pass the ball well but tries to do so and fails miserably with turnovers.
In fact, I go as far to say Ben Gordon sucks a bunch to combat the local media love that guy gets. They love his shooting so much that they're willing to overlook everything else that is either average to poor.
Ben Gordon's the most clearly overrated player on that team. No defense whatsoever for stretches, and his idea of defense usually is a mix of letting most guys burn him around the corner (he's not that fast) . . . or, I watch in horror (or amusement when Chicago plays Detroit) as Skiles puts Gordon's dumb ass on a bigger player for a huge height or size mismatch. Deplorable.
They are way too patient in Chicago, and if they don't get that big man over the summer, the price will get even steeper as Deng gets better - but with the Ben Wallace clones (old Ben = P.J., young Ben = Tyrus, fat Ben = Sweetney) on that team, I mean, who the hell thought that one up? It would be like Detroit stocking Rasheed Wallace (PF with range) but getting Donyell Marshall (Rasheed's ability in about 4 years), Troy Murphy (all offense, perimeter game, no defense, will rebound though), and Austin Croshere (pure victory cigar perimeter big) in their front court. Completely stupid.
And that, my dear Holzermania, is the state of the Eastern GM situation in the third largest population/market in the country. Again, deplorable.