Webster was a huge let down in that game against ATL.
Seemed like everything was set up for him to really have and impact. He has been a solid leader off the bench and in the locker room throughout the tough start. This season, he has played a nice balanced game of hitting open shots and taking it to the basket. Trevor A was hurt. He got the start. This was his chance to step it up and be a leader. What did he do ? dud. nothing. he didn't even take a shoot in 10 minutes to start the game. Zero assist. Zero rebounds. Nothing. When you looked at his line after 10 mins the only number in the line was the 10. Everything else had a zero next to it. Not even a turnover or a foul.
Basically he totally chocked when asked to play a leader role as the primary scorer. I'm not going to draw a conclusion about the guy based on this one game but that is an important data point to remember.
Now personally, I think Randy put him in a bad situation as I think he has done to players all year. Putting him out there with Price, Beal, Singleton and Okafor was pretty much asking him to be the #1 scorer because clearly non of those other players are ready to be that. Which also shows how bad that line up is even with Trevor A in it. Singleton and Okafor were doing the best they could to pull their weight but Webster was a no show and that just can't happen. Specially not for 10 straight minutes. And who does Randy let this happen with out calling a play for him or changing the line up when he sees it wasn't working ?
This is a team of mostly compliment player for Wall and Nene that was designed for defense and running. There are a handful of legit scoring threats who are starter ready mentally. You HAVE TO have at least one of them in the starting line up and Randy isn't doing that.
You have Nene, Kevin, Crawford who fill that bill and then you have a couple player who may not be serious scoring threats but who are mentally ready to play as starters. Those players are Trevor A, Singleton and Livingston which Price on some nights. I would even add Baron to that group. So far, Webster has not proven he is fits in the starter group. He played with a back up mentality.
So if Nene isn't going to start because he isn't ready or randy can't figure out how to start him and pull him after 5 minutes ( which is easily doable ) then he has to start Crawford and Kevin. He just has to. No way his line up of back ups is going to work. There are plenty of ways to do this but he needs to pick one of them.
Price - short leash if he isn't getting it done.
Crawford - he has to play 30 plus minutes and has to start.
Singleton - he has been a reliable starter but needs the right players around him.
Kevin - he is there most reliable post scorer and can really catch fire. 35 minutes a game.
Okafor - I hate him starting. Nene should really be starting and if not him, try Baron.
One of Kevin or Nene has to start and Crawford has to start.
If not the above, then you start Crawford at PG with Webster at SG. Crawford was the PG when they went on that run. Match ups matter. Price is not enough of a driving treat to hold off a pressing active defense like ATL had. Crawford, Singleton, and Kevin is enough of a scoring bunch such that Price and Okafor can play their roles. Crawford, Webster, Singleton and Kevin would be even better. Webster is good in a compliment role and with that line up he would be that. But putting him out there with Price, Beal, Singleton and Okafor...that looks like failure waiting to happen and it did. You are asking him to be something he hasn't been and you didn't need to do that. The team did come back later in the game when Randy lined them up better but they were burned out after digging out of a whole the entire game. Beal is a fine player in the middle innings when he can play mentally lose. Asking him to start or close a game is stupid at this point of his career. It is putting him in a position to do more then he is ready to do and it isn't needed.
Let Beal do it thing between the 2nd to 6 min mark in the 4th. He showed he can do that yesterday. Let the kid learn off the bench. He shouldn't be starting.
Randy needs to get some consistent line ups out there and figure out which horses he is going to ride. Crawford and Kevin need to be better 35 minutes a night. Probably Singleton as well. If he does that, at least there will be some continuity out there. Right now, Randy changes line ups way to much and he puts players in positions to fail because they are not ready to be what he is asking them to be.
Yes, it is a challenging roster without Nene ready to start, with no Trevor A and no Wall. But Randy is making the least of it with what he is doing with the starters. They do have the highest scoring bench and they are in most games. The pieces are there to do better then he is.
Its almost like Randy is coaching them to tank. Getting Beal starter minutes seems more important then trying to win games. That is a tank move. Starting Okafor and trying to get him to produce to raise his value for a trade is more important then using him in a more limited roll where he is more solid. Tank move. Close games that you lose. Pure tank. But win one against the last years champs to keep moral high so you can lose some more.
Either Randy really sucks as a coach or he is following a tank plan because they have already thrown in the towel on this season because of the Wall and Nene injuries. But even if that is true, why not start Kevin S ? He is clearly a piece to develop. Its doesn't make sense and because it doesn't, I say it is just bad coaching.