Upper Decker wrote:So Washington gives up Booker to get the 9th pick, while taking on 3 years of Prince, whose declining steadily, and 2 more years of Gordon. I don't see value in Prince one iota. Gordon I can understand. Honestly though, who is Washington taking with the 9th pick that's better than Booker, especially considering all the flexibility sacrificed in the process? Is Sullinger better? No, is Perry Jones better? No, is Jeremy Lamb better, maybe, but at the expense of 3 years of Prince, prolly not. I wouldn't even consider this unless Washington lands Davis.
Excellent and fair question. If I'm the GM, this is where I am relying heavily on my basketball scouts for their assessment of Prince. The only thing that seemed to decline for him this year was his two point shooting -- but it did so enough to affect his eFG%, TS% and PER. We've had some discussion of CUban's assertion that this year's data "bad data," so I really need my scouts to tell me what they make of Prince's decline.
Prince was on a terrible team. It stands to reason that in a better situation -- one in which he's a 4th or 5th offensive option and a quintessential "glue guy" -- he would thrive and return to the production of the previous 8 years. By the way, Prince has been astonishingly consistent throughout his career. His teammates have changed a lot, though.
He's a champion, Olympian, and a guy that will accept a role that suits him. Unless I think he's really declining, he's a great fit for the Wizards.
Similarly, Gordon is a guy that did well with good teammates and in a defined role in Chiacgo. He has struggled in Detroit trying to fit with guys like Stuckey, Rip, and Will Bynum. He needs a pure PG next to him and preferrably one with size. As it turns out, we have that.
I think Prince is much closer to being worth his contract than Gordon. But Gordon is at least a good fit and we need shooters desperately.
But I dont know that we'd be any better off with Perry Jones, Gordon and Prince than we would with Booker, the cap space, and whomever it fetched.