OK, OK, I know that there has been a few of these so one more will not kill anyone. I wanted to bring up one thing that had just crossed my mind.
Some people advocate a starting backcourt of Rudy and Roy. To that I have said no and by some account still stand by that in the fact that defensively that is not the best route for us to take. Roy is a good defender at the SG position but pretty bad against PGs, and from all accounts I have heard Rudy is an average defender and being only 170-180 lbs he will have trouble defending bigger SGs.
With Rudy all but assuredly coming over (hopefully) many consider him to be a Manu type player, a 6th man off the bench to light up the game and provide instant offense. However Manu is not the starting SG for the Spurs, Bruce Bowen is. Why? because of his defense, one player for O the other for D, depending on the need at the time.
Now what does all this have to do with the draft? Looking at the spurs roster Parker/Ginobili and Bowen average about 90 mins total. Looking at our roster We can have Roy, Rudy and PG#1 rotate through at about 90mins as well.
Now with Roy and Rudy being more offensive minded, by necessity we would need the best defensive stopper at our PG to help our perimeter D with either Roy or Rudy out there.
This draft lines up very well for us as it is a G heavy draft and suits our needs to a T.
Now here are my defensive rankings for the projected G prospects,
My want list
Of course some of those will be out of our reach, but if we can move into the top 10 picks, history has shown us to expect about the same production as Jarrett Jack is having this year, meaning that we can have the rookie step in and produce at around the same level as we have now. We do not need to move out of the draft and grab a vet, because who would be avalible that would be better than one of the 6 listed above that we would not have to pay an arm and a leg for?
We are also hamstrung by the fact that any free agent PGs (Calderon) cannot be signed for until after the draft, so any included pick would have to be a handshake deal and THEN be traded to the other team. Also Calderon will be a base year compensation, making a trade for him extremely difficult.
This is our last chance to add a quality pick for hopefully the next 30 years and we need to mortgage the future to grab one of these guys say Jack, the 13th and our 2009 and 2011 1st picks top 3 protected.
As I stated above, at first I was not sold on a Rudy/Roy backcourt but I am now accepting that it may be an OK idea, as long as we can get a defensive stopper at the PG position and allow Nate to play them situationally as Bowen/Parker/Manu are played in SA.
Think of it, a Roy/Rudy/Mayo backcourt teamed with an Aldrige/Oden/Pryzbilla/Frye frontcourt and a smattering of Webster/Outlaw/Jones on the wing? Oh yeah we have a steady hand in Blake and an exciting project in Sergio as well.
Can't wait until November.
Great time to be a Blazer fan.