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Posted: Mon Feb 4, 2008 6:15 pm
If I'm Memphis, I throw all my available cap space at Bynum and POB in the offseason. Twin towers style.
Posted: Mon Feb 4, 2008 8:55 pm
Bellinelli needs more than a "passer" to succeed. hes got Baron and Jackson and they are good passers, but he still doesnt play. Belli needs to stay away from the perimeter and actually move. I dont agree with Nelli that Marco moves well without the ball (maybe in practice but not in the real game)
Posted: Mon Feb 4, 2008 9:33 pm
GSWhoopfan wrote:Bellinelli needs more than a "passer" to succeed. hes got Baron and Jackson and they are good passers, but he still doesnt play. Belli needs to stay away from the perimeter and actually move. I dont agree with Nelli that Marco moves well without the ball (maybe in practice but not in the real game)
Same thing I've observed too, GS.
Posted: Tue Feb 5, 2008 4:48 am
turk3d wrote:The problem is not that Pietrus has no value, the unfortunate thing for him is that we've always been so deep at the position(s) he plays. This is the first year that he hasn't been behind J-Rich and he holds out (bad luck on his part) and we get the emergence of Monta (and Azebuike at the beginning of the season). The biggest problem for Pietrus is that he is expendable. The aqcuisition of Jack didn't help his cause either.
The guy never really had a chance on the Warriors to log starter minutes and that is why in 4 1/2 years he's never been able to flourish. Miami definitely wanted him this offseason but was unable to make a deal. I don't know whether it was because the Warriors wanted too much or Miami was willing to give up too little. I bet they're sorry they couldn't work something out. I've said it all along and I'll keep saying it, Pietrus is going to turn out to be a solid NBA player some day, unfortunately it just won't be with the Warriors.
Interesting perspective turk, but couldn't one make exactly the same argument about Monta? And he's been able to overcome that obstacle, in less time than Pietrus has had to do so.
Posted: Tue Feb 5, 2008 4:52 am
Pietrus has had 4.5 years of PT.... solid PT... and shown - zero - improvements.
Can you name one thing Mikael does better now than as a rookie? His 3pt % is slightly up, more as a result of staying strictly in the corner. FTs still suck. Shot selection sucks. Defense is still spotty at best.
Still reaches like a rookie... he's earned the moniker Reachrus...
2.7 FPG in 17 mpg... if there was a FP40, I'd be willing to wager that Pietrus is the highest non-rook PG/SG/SF of the bunch.
Posted: Tue Feb 5, 2008 4:57 am
http://www.nba.com/statistics/player/Fo ... ll%20Teams
#51, Mikael Pietrus (7.7) per 48...
Guards ahead of him:
Bobby Jones (MEM/DEN), 11.1 MPG, 8.1
Joey Graham (TOR) 10.3 MPG, 8.1
Considering how brutal Graham is, and that Jones has played on 2 teams this season, hardly a coincidence.
He's a 24 yr old rook... maybe some vet or coach can get him to start playing actual defense... Wouldn't bet on it, but he still has the tools.
Posted: Tue Feb 5, 2008 5:02 am
Graham has no defense whatsoever. He's a complete waste of space. As amazing as it may sound to those who know MP, MP >>> Graham.
And I can't agree about MP's reaching. Or rather, I do agree he reaches, but I think it's a good thing. He creates a lot of turnovers that way and doesn't get called for it very much. At least not on the Warriors, where we dare the refs to call digs from the opening tap.
edit: but I don't really want to be defending MP. I won't miss him at all, except for his personality.
Posted: Tue Feb 5, 2008 5:06 am
Graham might be the single most useless player in the NBA.
His form is what bothers me... Baron's one of the better ones at it, though I've noticed Jax and Al are getting good at it too...
Pietrus goes tribal.... TOMAHAWK CHOP!
Even when he gets the ball cleanly, guarantee you a zebra whistles him for it. Might even be based on rep at this point...
Whats worse for Pietrus is that he reaches in really, really stupid situations... he has bailed out countless people with nowhere to go. He has 0.9 spg, but they aren't coming from him stripping players, they are coming from his natural athleticism and being able to move quickly. He's never got the hang of stripping.... he's a chopper.