Scoot McGroot wrote: Topofthekey wrote:
Scoot McGroot wrote:
Paul George already had the talent, skills, and aptitude to be an all world defender. Aaron Gordon isn't starting from the same place.
Well we don't need him to be an all world defender, although that would be nice
We just need him to defend well enough to slow down the elite forwards of the league, and to chip in 12-14ppg on offense
I think he's capable of the task, though I could be wrong
To be clear, it's not that I think he's the perfect fit for the team, it's just that considering what the team needs, he's the closest thing that fits bill and, crucially, might be available for a reasonable price
Domas and Myles are only playing together for about 19 minutes per game anyway, so if you stagger the minutes right, AG will spend the majority of his time playing PF next to Domas or Myles
So you recognize he’s be coming off the bench and not starting? And not be a SF at all?
The other question is, do you think he’s willing to buy into life as a just D PF off the bench? Will he be willing to sacrifice his offensive game for the sake of the team? And on top of that, will he be willing to learn, train, and develop as at least a decent defender? At this point, the cost of acquiring a bench, no offense, hopefully good defender in your mind is two key pieces in Warren and Lamb. That’s pretty expensive for a particular piece that may not even want to fill that role, or even have the talent, aptitude, or skills to even fill it if he WAS willing to sacrifice his game.
It depends on who do we trade for him, but I still see potential in him being the starting SF
Assuming we're able to trade Doug and Lamb for AG (doubt Magic would go for it, but for the sake of discussion why not), I'd start him at SF and move Warren to be the scorer off the bench:
Second unit would be:
As someone pointed out, Nate favors a 9 man rotation, so this looks good to me?
You have size and athleticism at every position, a good mix of inside scoring (Domas, AG), mid-range scoring (Vic, Warren) and outside shooting (Myles, Brogdon, Aaron)
And in the event both Myles and Domas need to sit, we either go with AG as small ball 5 and Justin as small ball 4, or Goga goes in:
Those lineups look more balanced to me, compared to how the team is constantly using Justin as small ball 4 now
As for his willingness to sacrifice his offensive game, and his willingness to train and develop as a defender, well, who knows
Like I said, this is just me considering the possibilities - I'm just connecting the dots here, since 1) the cost of acquiring AG right now is probably at its lowest, and 2) Pacers have a solid track record of turning even defensive liabilities like Bogie and Warren into nett positive players on defense