jcsunsfan wrote:I don't really care whether its Okobo, Melton, or Shaq. I just want one of them to be a legit nba starting pg.
I think that's what everyone wants. The Knight trade was a head shaker. He had been pushed as our starting PG by both Koko and McD. I think Koko said it was nice to see Knight, our starting point guard, come work out and help the young guys get ready for summer league. Then McD made comments about not sleeping on Knight and how he was turning heads down in Florida. Smoke screen more than likely !!!
I speculated in another thread that maybe Okobo and Shaq were just killing Knight in practices and that made him expendable. If so McD made a great move by shoring up our weakness at PF with the acquisition of Anderson plus a backup-backup PG in Melton.
Being a Suns fan, I've come around on that trade. Knight was barely playable before he tore an ACL and I have more confidence in the guy who was good in the regular season even if they were unplayable in the playoffs (Ryno). Given their salaries are identical after Ryno took a paycut next season, it's basically a wash from a cap standpoint. From a usefulness standpoint, Ryno is certainly on a higher tier than Knight even if we needed depth at the 1. That being said, we needed depth at the 4/5 as well with Holmes/Ayton/Bender/Chandler/Ariza manning the big man positions.
So it comes down to Chriss v Melton ultimately for me (and probably most Suns fans). I was never a fan of Chriss, made no secret about that and even though I hoped he would prove me wrong, he never did even when he had the opportunity to. Melton, on the other hand, was always an interesting name pre-draft with a lot of scouts talking about his talent. Given his small sample of SL games, it's hard to pinpoint how ready he is to contribute and having taken a year off makes things even blurrier. But considering we've seen Chriss close up since the 2016 draft, I was more than ready to give up on the guy and to give him up for a talented prospect in Melton is exactly what I had hoped for. And that's really all you can hope for when moving a guy like Chriss and BK, both of whom has had a disappointing tenure with the Suns. The fact that we got back a useful piece in Ryno and a decent prospect in Melton is a good move.
alamin330 wrote:This draft reminds me of the 2003 draft.
Lebron - Zion, Barrett like Melo, wade like Culver, garland like tj ford, hunter like bosh, white like Barbosa, Clarke like David West. I think this draft is actually going to be deeper though