The Rebel wrote:Anybody still want to argue that our bench shooting and scoring overall isn't an issue?
While Bones getting minutes would help, and when Murray is back having Morris run the bench could help as well, our bench is costing us games and will continue to do so until they make some big changes.
The question is how do you fix it?
Right now the only guys who I can see having any kind of value that we could afford to move are Campazzo, Nnaji, and Bol.
I still think bringing back BArton was a horrible choice, and he is showing that even now you cannot count on him to give consistent effort and production. He is still best as a bench scorer, trying to make him a primary ball handler is never going to work. The issue is that he is our only guard outside of Bones that can create his own shot.
The question is who is available that can help? We need a guard that can create their own shots and is making $7 million a year or less. Not a lot of options.
I am guessing that management was blindsided about how poorly JaMychal Green would play after receiving a raise in the offseason. There is little offense coming from the bench and Campazzo is basically dribbling down the clock looking for an outlet that can't hit a shot, even from players you would expect to hit with some efficiency. It's a veteran bench that can't shoot and the question is how long before Malone finds some answers. I would move Campazzo over any other Nugget if a trade materialized.
If they move Bones into the backup point guard slot and keep Dozier with the bench. then I think the bench guard position is passable. Rivers looks poor, keep him as a safety valve only. Jeff Green has been ok but not much of an upgrade over spent Millsap. JaMychal Green needs to step up or be replaced and I think it is time to see what Nanji has. Also, I would look harder at Bol perhaps rotating with Nanji to take over that slot. I see that scenario more likely than trying to seek a trade solution form outside that doesn't appear remotely possible.
Because of his play, JaMychal Green is not going to be easily moved with that contract (8 mil).
If there is a trade out there, they need to make it soon before the bench costs them too much ground.
I have convinced myself that they re-signed JayMichael because they convinced themselves that the longer guys are on the roster the better their fit and play. It works with young guys but not veterans already in the league in a decade.
While JayMichael has been disappointing, the biggest issue is that the only guard off the bench that seems able to beat his man off the dribble is Bones. That points to Campazzo being the biggest issue.
To me it seems that Campazzo cannot get around most backup PGs off the dribble. Oddly he seems to do better against starters, but he just is not fast enough to beat a lot of the young guards around the league. I think his defense is also overrated, he does well against guys when he gets into some of their heads, but that does not happen enough to justify his minutes.
OUr bench is basically the Green's who are both best used as spot up shooters, Dozier who is only really effective in the right matchups on offense, and Rivers or Bones.
Rivers has always been streaky as hell on offense, but I see his value on defense. He is a good bench defender, and I personally like his defense better than Campazzo.
I would like to see a bench lineup with Bones/ Rivers/ Dozier/ Green/ NNaji. Defensively I think we are better, offensively I think you let Bones break down the defense, Green and NNaji spotting up, and Dozier and Rivers getting touched based on when they get hot. Defensively we are better and the offense should at least be able to not blow every lead they start with.