Re: Next out the door----Rondo
posted at 3/14/2011 4:57 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Next out the door----Rondo
[QUOTE]Dudder so I venture to believe Rondo doesn't get any Celtic MVP votes from you? LOL! Hey I have those same sentiments towards JON...just a complete waste. I think we all have someone we see as the weak link. As the saying goes "you'reonly as strong as your weakest link".
Posted by BiasLewis[/QUOTE]
My position, as you may know (and likely disagree with), goes something like this.
I look at each position and attempt to assess how many players around the league who if traded in / out would leave the Cs in a better or no worse position:
Center - (posters / fans / bloggers thought the world ended when Perk went down - he is the heart and soul of the team, LMAO - one poster suggested Perk allowed KG to be KG, the sky is the limit, all-star quality almost defensive something or other blah blah blah) - give me Jordan, Kaman, both Gasols, both Lopez, Krstic, Pachulia, Horford, Howard, a healthy Yao, Noah, Chandler, etc. and the Cs are no worse off if not a lot better. So however many that is - call it a dozen. There are at least a dozen other players at center that could have / would have replaced Perk and they would be at least as good if not better.
Powerforward - Who could replace KG and the Cs would be no worse off or better - maybe Boozer, maybe Amare, maybe Gasol..... so maybe 3.
Small forward - who could replace Pierce and the Cs would be no worse off or better - LeBron, Kobe (2 or 3), 'melo maybe Gay.... 2
Off Guard - who could replace Ray and the Cs would be no worse off or better? Maybe Mayo, Kobe (2 or 3), so maybe a couple...
Point guard - who could replace Rondo and the Cs would be no worse off or better? Nash, Kidd, Williams, Westbrook, Billups, Paul, Parker, Conley, Jennings, Curry, Ellis, Evans, Udrih, Harris, and several others.....
My assumptions are this: trade one guy out and leave everything else in place - all the other players, the coach, the defensive strategy, etc.
Krstic has proven in just a small sample of games that coming to play with good players makes players better. So is it ridiculous to think that somehow Steph Curry who would be handling the ball, draining 3s, making all his foul shots, getting to the rim, making jumpers from everywhere would somehow make the Cs worse?
Another thing that nobody seems to address or comprehend is that this not a zero sum game. What I mean by that is I think some people think that there are only so many shots to go around and that somehow Perk and Rondo have been giving up parts of their game to ensure that BIG 3 were happy, e.g. there are only 88 shots per game and therefore Rondo and Perk should only be allocated so many.
The reality is that if they can all contribute there are an unlimited number of shots. You don't have to have a point guard that pounds the ball into the floor waiting for the perfect shot, he could actually take a shot.
I was just watching sportsnation.. they showed a highlight from the Cs game, there was a blocked shot and an outlet pass to Rondo on the left wing, he had at least a 3 step head start on the defense and his head immediately turned around to find someone to give the ball to. Rose would have flushed it and 1. Most people ignore that kind of stuff because they want to protect the 800 pound gorilla in the room.
Westbrook player of the week in the west - he averages 23 points, 8 assists, 5 boards - the only player in the league, 3 years younger than Rondo but only on BDC could not be considered as good as Rondo because he only shoots 46% from the floor (if Rondo took some of the shots he takes Rondo would shoot 30%), 84% from the line - nuff said, and only 33% - well he at least actually takes some. Westbrook has more rebounds and gets 2 steals. Is there even a remote chance that an objective observer could think that if Westbrook had 4 hall of famers instead of just 1 that the Cs would not be better?
Remember it is not a zero sum game - when everyone can score there are an unlimited number of shots. Westbrook does not subjugate his game whereas there is a giant misconception that Rondo is somehow giving up some of his game to make the BIG 3 happy - lmao.
Again, that said Rondo is Danny's binky and there is this ridiculous perception that it is Rondo's team.... there are plenty of reasons why Rondo was not given a max contract but of course on BDC Rondo's contract is some sort of bargain and Danny got a bargain, etc.