hands11 wrote:Nivek wrote:With today's news, I ran a quick stats update. Using my stat (PPA), where 100 = average; higher is better and 45 = replacement level, Mack has a 70 and Temple a 45.
For the second time this season, the Wizards have released Mack to keep a less productive player.
I think Temple was the better keep given Wall and Price are returning. Temple clearly defend better and he can guard more positions. Given he doesn't even really know the playbook yet, I'm guessing they are looking at it like that. A bench player with a defined skill who can get better with experience.
Heard to write this because I know it falls right into a stereo type move for this organization but...
He has more potential then Mack
Temple still has to fight it out with Price though so he is just a bench guard until he proves he should get the minutes over Crawford and Price.
I agree. Nivek may be right that Mack is a better overall player than Temple, but with Wall and Price back, our need was to have a 5th guard who was a specialist. Mack doesn't do anything that Wall, Price and/or Crawford can't do better, so there really wouldn't ever be a need to have Mack on the floor (barring injury). Temple, on the other hand, has a specific skill that he does better than everybody else in the backcourt. He is a very good defender. There may be situations in the future where Temple gets minutes as a defensive specialist, even though Wall and Price are healthy.