Re: More Offense: Gilbert Arenas
posted at 1/7/2012 7:10 PM EST
Petey, you make some good points there. I had to think for a minute: why is it that I remember an Arenas that looked too slow and old (worse than some of the C's look now) and Petey remembers a more productive Arenas? So, I went to check the stats.
1. When Arenas was averaging 26 to 29 ppg, it was before he hurt his knee and he played 39 to 43.5 min/game to average those points (healthy).
2. Once he was injured and came back, he averaged a decent 22ppg in 32 games at the end of one season and then 17ppg for 21 games with the Wizards before being traded. To hit those averages, he shot better but had to be the center of the offense playing 36 min/game and then 34 min/game, respectively.
3. Once traded to Orlando, he was reduced to 21 min/gm in 49 games. His shooting percentage went down and he even shot only 27% from three point land (where legs really matter).
4. He got to the playoffs and in those 5 games, he shot 25% from 3 point land in 16 min/game of play.
Summary: he has to be in the game a lot (30+ minutes) to get his open shots and even then, his 3 point shooting is now way down. He is obviously not a defensive player. Come to the C's and he's NOT going to play as much as Ray so he'll be at 20 min/game or so. That means he maybe scores like he did in Orlando.....25% from 3 point land and 8 points per game and no defense. So, how does that help us? That is not going to win games.
You ask: how can we get younger legs when we don't have the assets to trade for that. I disagree. I don't think we can get a "star" for what we have, but we can get a younger player who is middle of the pack on another team. I watched this guy named Ivan Johnson of the Hawks play yesterday against Miami. He killed them. He's a rookie and is way down on their depth chart. I can't believe that we can't package a second round pick, Bradley, and say Quis to a team that's going no where to get one of their young bench players. I say Danny has to look for that type of player and make him the backup to Ray or Paul rather than another guy who's experienced, but just as slow or slower than the current old guys.
I can't name the player, but I'd rather see them (Doc and Danny) try some 3rd year or 4th year player than an old injured guy who can only score when he plays lots of minutes and even then has a low shooting percentage.
Of course, I'd like to see them give Stiemsma and Moore some more minutes and maybe they'll infuse some energy into the lineup at times! I just don't see Arenas giving us much more than other old guys who can't jump over anyone to create a shot.