Landsberger wrote:What everyone ignores is that the post season isn't about so called advanced stats or league average this or that.... it comes down to experience. We went and got guys who've done it before for a reason. Caruso, even in the best outcomes, is an average player. The facts are that he's never played in a truly meaningful game in his career. The truth is also that his limited experience has been on very poor teams with most of it in situations where the players on the court were fighting for their NBA lives (otherwise known as garbage time). Someone argue how that basis for evaluation translates to a 24 minute a game role in a 7 game series against.... say... Houston? We've gone through a couple coaches, about a dozen first round draft picks and some developing youngsters to get back to this spot. Why would we put the ball in the hands of someone who still needs to prove himself? My guess is that his ceiling with us is a rotational 3rd PG off the bench and maybe more in injury situations.
I think you bring up a good point. But I do think everyone has a right to prove themselves. If Caruso balls out, then why not put him out there in more and more high-leverage situations throughout the season? We signed him right? You gotta think we have some hope for the guy. I don't think he needs to start. I don't think he's there yet. And I do think you bring up a 'reality' that will no doubt come into play. But I wouldn't close the door on a guy. If he keeps improving, and works his way into the starting spot, great.
I don't think we have anyone at the point who is some clear #1. None of them should be starting, IMO. At least Caruso is rising.