I think most people will agree that the blazers need an upgrade at point guard. its gets a little more complicated after that though. we need a veteran pg, but not TOO veteran right? I figure this means someone who is past their rookie contract, is less than age 30 but has a few playoff experiences under their belt. I'm going to assume for the sake of space on this post that veteran status also automatically includes how to run an offense, poise, leadership and well rounded stats (at least 10 points 5 assists a game, +40% from the field, doesn't get embarrassed on defense).
In a conference where this new guard will face the likes of tony parker, chris paul, steve nash, and deron williams, he's gonna need speed. and with a coach like Sarge, he can't be out there throwing the ball away either. He can't make TOO much money (I'm not paul allen but for the sake of being fiscally responsible, lets say less than 10 million a year?) he can't dominate the ball like some of the pg's I just mentioned (BRoy is gonna need that ball in his hands) and probably most importantly, he has to be AVAILABLE.
well this doesn't leave too many candidates but as you can see from the title of this post, one man stands out. Yes, I'm talking about T.J. Ford. 47% from the field, 12 pts, 6 assists, 1 steal, 2 TO a game, age 25, playoff experience, 8 million a year, voted fastest player in the league by NBA players in 2007, he doesn't dominate the ball and unfortunately for all the Calderon fans out there, Toronto has decided to hang on to Jose and make T.J. available. I'm not going to get into what he will cost right now because, well, I've been making really long posts lately. that and because the bottom line is because we need a point guard, not 3 small forwards, 3 point guards (I'm referencing the log jam at these positions here, not bashing the players), and a mid range draft pick that most likely won't produce an impact player for quite a few years if at all.
Now I'm not forgetting the thing that some people will argue trumps this entire post: injury. T.J.'s spinal injuries have been well documented (he missed the entire 04-05 season and some of this past season) but T.J. has come back from these serious injuries with the same attitude, fearlessness, and numbers as before (I know another player who recently missed an entire year due to injury and a potential for more but that hasn't hindered my excitement for his production next season). God forbid a similar injury occurs in his future but if it did, his contract would be covered by insurance just like D. Miles was. Look, if T.J. goes to the rim and ends up landing on his head again, well, I guess I'm an idiot. But do you think he could be worth that risk? or maybe there are some holes to his game that I failed to mention. either way, leave your comments/thoughts/suggestions below.