Re: KG is A Center
posted at 11/22/2012 3:01 AM EST
In response to aciemvp's comment:
In response to Fiercest34's comment:
I have to agree with the article that it's best if KG is a Center. KG is not as explosive and as fast as when he first came to Boston. But that's not really a big drop off if he's a Center because Centers are usually not as fast as PFs.
well, the problem lies with playing undersized bass at the 4 with wispy kg at the 5- it's a recipe for getting whacked on the boards and inside.
the issue isn't garnett at center. he's fine there. particularly on the nights when there isn't a traidional quality center on the court. BUT...
1. he's being played basically in 5 minute intervals.
2. he's playing alongside undersized 4s.
3. instead of legit back-up big men to play behind him we have a 4 and an over the hill guy who can't bring anything to the table. this team not only doesn't go big, it literally CAN'T go big.
so, when forced to go against the howard's/bynums/lopez' of the world they are in a heap of trouble. garnett has a hard enough time with centers with legit size and strength (because he is 36 years old and 220 pounds) anyway, but as constitued right now there is literally no help.
we won a championship with garnett at the 4 true, but it was 5 years ago AND there was a legitimate starting center on the roster AND a quality veteran 4/5 who could fill minutes there. and in any event, it's not really about where he plays - it's about who he plays with.
i know people love sullinger, but he is a kid. love the fundamentals too, love the maturity and the potential, but he is lost on the court a lot right now - against quality opponents it's coming at him too fast. so he'll look like a million bucks for stretches and then the next game not be able to get anything done. it's called being a rookie in the NBA. he'll be a solid player, but counting on him for consistent high level play night in and night out right now is a real stretch. and again, he is undersized at the 4 and can't jump.
the milicic thing is more confusing admist all of this, especially when you consider that this team is running way, way less than one might have expected. it's just an odd group right now who seem lost on defense and unsure of their identity offensively. jeff green is the most glaring disappointment, but there are plenty of larger issues at play.
though some of this might work out over time, and bradley will help some, looks like one or two personnel moves are going to have to be made. don't think they contend as constituted, which is a shame because there's a lot of talent there.