Klomp wrote:shangrila wrote:I think you're stretching it. Lowry and Brooks/Dragic, for example, weren't the starting or even main combination. So, yeah, he runs two point guard sets but that doesn't mean he thinks he has to, or that he even likes it. It just proves he's smart enough to go with something that works (one thing Rambis never seemed able to do...).
And yes, Ridnour did get the SG spot because of horrible SG play. Or, probably more accurately, he got it because he could dribble and he wasn't 5-9 (I'm looking at you, Barea). If the team got someone who could handle the ball at SG, the best and most realistic example being Crawford, then I think the Ridnour at SG era ends fairly quickly.
That's especially true if Lee can develop into a backup quality player.
For the record, I'm not saying that a two PG lineup would be one of our main combinations. If you'll look at the post I made earlier, I had us signing Crawford. However, I still think there's something to the combination of point guards for Adelman.
Also, I'm not saying that it is what I would do. However, I strongly believe that it will happen that way and all three point guards will be back. Before the injuries I might've predicted a Barea offseason trade. However, at this point with Barea playing as well as he is, I see Adelman wanting him to stick around. And Kahn has, to a fault at times, given his coach what he wants through his tenure in Minnesota.
The key positions I believe we will target this offseason are small forward and backup center. Don't forget that we are not that far off the pace from other teams in the West. We need to improve our bench (2,3,5) and get a starting-caliber small forward, and not much else. But I don't think it will be the small forward everyone anticipates.
Oh, I really hope not. We need a real 2 as well as a good 3. Luke is a fine backup PG/SG and Barea is great for depth and versatility as the same, BUT we need a SG that can drive, shoot, defend and pass at the NBA level. Neither Ridnour or Barea are that guy. Starting Ridnour at SG is a quick ticket to a first round playoff exit every time. He simply cannot play defense as a starter.