payitforward wrote:In the first 18 games that Sam played with us, in which he had 15 or more minutes on the floor, we went 10-8.
After those first 18 games, we traded for Portis/Parker. Dekker's minutes started to go way down. We went 10-18 the rest of the season.
That's 10-8 vs. 10-18.
As well, compared to 10-8 in those first games where Dekker got 15 plus minutes, our record for the rest of the season was 22-42.
It's not always obvious the ways a guy is helping your team play better -- &, therefore, win more often.
It's interesting. If you assume our depth chart at SF goes: Brown, Miles, Jones, Bonga, Schofield, I'd say that Dekker would be our 2nd best SF if he was on the team.
That said, one can argue that Miles fills a specific strategic need not met by the other guys (a 3-point shooter); and Bonga and Schofield are so much younger and have more upside. You could argue that Dekker might be better than Jones, but they seem like the same type of player to me - six of one, half-dozen of the other. (To be fair, Jones might be better than Dekker if it's true that he's a very good on-ball defender like Lou Williams says.)
So maybe there was no place for him here.