donnieme wrote:Greyhound wrote:homecourtloss wrote:
Caruso was better last year than every single one of the Lakersâ€™ acquisition and if taking into consideration flexibility and role, better than Westbrook as well. Gasol did very well on a healthy Lakers team and was better than Howard was last year and miles and miles better than DeAndre â€śDNP-CDâ€ť Jordan. To be honest, Caruso, KCP, Gasol, Kuzma, and Schroeder overall probably add more wins than Melo, DAJ, Howard, Ariza, Westbrook.
I was with you, then you went off the rails guy.
Yeah I'm no Westbrook fan but my man HCL def went rogue on that one. I'll try meet him halfway and say I'd take any positive impact contributor over several versions of Westbrook if the goal is to win. Maybe also underestimated Dwight's contribution in 20. Dwight's high point was stopping Jokic and altering Murray on those pnrs that Utah and Clippers couldn't figure out. Gasol meanwhile was caught and skewered by that Payne/Ayton broiler of a pick and roll the Lakers centers couldn't plug. There's a reason he's back. When he wasn't picking up techs he played his role to perfection when it mattered. Both players hiwever got playoff minutes on their teams last season which is more than DAJ can say with the Nets. Terrible replacement.
Anyway I think AD might actually start at C because 'starting' in the Lakers rotation really just means the first 3 minutes of the game, maybe also the last.
In a vacuum, Westbrook is better, but I said â€śtaking into consideration flexibility and role.â€ť Caruso has paired better with James than almost every player James has played with. I do not see the synergy with Westbrook because Iâ€™m not sure what Westbrook will do when James has the ball. Maybe he channels some energy into defense. Maybe James has enough juice to get out into transition on par with his usual levels which would make for two different players creating one man fast breaks. I donâ€™t knowâ€”I donâ€™t really see it.