Knightro wrote:I definitely see both sides of the argument for a guy like LaVine.
On one hand, he’s only 25 years old and he’s coming off a season where he averaged 25.5 PPG with a +3.3 OBPM. That ranked just outside the top 20 players in the entire league and was 12th best in the entire NBA among non bigs. The guy can really score at at all three levels.
On the other hand, he’s statistically been a pretty miserable defender throughout his career and his teams have quite literally always been horrendously bad when he’s been on the floor.
I mean this is UGLY.
The Magic would have to ask themselves three questions.
Is LaVine capable of giving better effort defensively?
If not, do the Magic have a sound enough defensive system/enough defensive talent at other positions to hide LaVine on a nightly basis?
Is LaVine capable of putting up big offensive stats within the context of a winning basketball team?
He’s never done any of the before.
We hid DJ on defense all last season, so I think we could hide LaVine no worries. MCW might be a better backcourt partner with him than Fultz until Fultz becomes a more committed defender, but Fultz should be able to cover the opposing lead guard.
With the likes of Isaac and Bamba floating around the paint it should still be a strong deterrent. If Okeke defends the lanes like he did in college that is an even bigger strength.