11 hours ago
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
BE PATIENT WITH NELLIE
As much as I hate Nelson's rotation patterns, I can't wait to see this team under his system, with a true PG that can defend and developed youngsters (Belinelli, Wright, Randolph, Morrow).
Nelson's style is entertaining and can go deep in the playoffs, but the problem is, he does not have the right personnel playing the prominent roles. Maggette and Crawford are too selfish. Jackson is too sloppy and thinks he's a PG. Monta's health is questionable, he's unproven as a PG, and he's too small to handle the defensive duties of a SG. Nelson doesn't have a perimeter shooting big yet (Randolph has the potential but needs to get more PT and confidence).
I believe Randolph and Wright are the future at PF. They're both athletic, long, can defend, and rebound. I believe Belinelli is good enough to play either guard spot next to a star PG or SG. He's a creative passer, improved tremendously on defense, and his a very good perimeter shooter.
WHAT THE TEAM NEEDS MOST IS A TRUE PG THAT CAN DEFEND OR UNSELFISH STAR SG LIKE BRANDON ROY.
Ricky Rubio or James Harden fit the bill perfectly. The higher the pick we end up with, the more trade power we have to acquire one of them.
Others that fit the bill partially but are probably not stars or high impact players:
Tyreke Evans (inconsistent perimeter threat, not true PG)
Jrue Holiday (unproven)
Brandon Jennings (lacks defense, questionable attitude)
Nick Calathes (similar to Hinrich, not a star PG)
DeMar DeRozan (Gerald Green part 2?)
Ty Lawson (lacks defense, questionable attitude)
Eric Maynor (unproven vs. high level comp)
Patrick Mills (inconsistent)