Saberestar wrote: bwgood77 wrote:
Saberestar wrote:Any of all those 15 that I have said...yes.
The other names that I have added are good PGs as Rubio that I can see being better or worse for a team depending of fit, salary, health...
I think you underestimate Rubio's impact on winning and net team results, even if others put up better individual numbers. As someone mentioned on the general board:
Oh, and a quick nugget: his career +/- so far is +950. His teams during those 9 seasons when he was off the floor: -1372. Talk about impact.
Don't forget how bad we were before Rubio and how that lineup with him and Bridges/Oubre at the wings were one of the best in the entire NBA. We just didn't start playing it until late in the season. We will lose 2 pieces of that.
I do not underestimate Rubio's impact, he is nice and I like him, but he is not Chris Paul.
With Rubio/Oubre we were not even a playoff team, we are not broken a contender by trading them. CP3 would make our team much better IMO.
Yes, if healthy, and if he continues to play at the level he just did, doesn't miss his usual number of games, it will impact, but health will matter, for him and Gallo.
Without Ayton for 30 games and with the other injuries we had, and with the development of Bridges and Cam throughout the season, I think we were set to be a solid team next year. We were much better once Cam and Bridges played bigger roles, and we'd have Oubre (or whoever else we would trade him for)...the team is much better than last year IF healthy, which is what you are assuming with Chris Paul. With our Bridges/Oubre at SF/PF or Bridges/Cam, we were beating opponents handily with those lineups with Rubio. His impact was huge compared to previous point guards.
There are multiple factors here though. Paul is obviously better but he is also old, very rarely plays more than about 65 games, would be gone in 2 years (almost certainly) and we lose wing depth.
I'm fine with the Paul trade actually if we don't have to give up a pick...I'd still rather not and voted with the 69% of people who would not pull the trigger, but giving up the 10 or a future first is a huge overpay for a 35 year old with that contract....one people KNOW OKC wants to unload.