Brandon has made it clear through recent statements to the press that he wants the ball in his hands. He did not feel comfortable deferring to Andre Miller, who is a great point guard. I think it's fine to give Brandon control of the ball and let him control the flow of the game. I think he'll do great - he always has. But if he is going to be that guy, if he is not going to be able to be comfortable playing with a traditional skilled point guard, then I would ask him to do one thing: Be the starting point guard.
First of all let me tell you how much I love Brandon Roy and how completely ecstatic I am that he is a Portland Trailblazer. I believe that he is one of the three best overall players in the league today and is fast on his way to becoming the type of player who automatically gets any team he is on thinking about championships. I believe Brandon's skills and psychological make-up make him the type of all-star who transcends the traditional positions. I also believe that if he needs the ball in his hands to be successful then we need to put it in his hands. He needs to be our starting point guard.
"This team is going to go off my pulse." Brandon Roy, The Oregonian 11/21/09
He wants the ball. He wants to control the flow. He wants to get his teammates involved. What it really sounds like to me is that he wants to be the point guard. Now, I realize talking about Brandon as our starting PG around Bedge is nothing new. But since we acquired Andre Miller it has been almost non-existent. From what I remember, the main concern then was burning too much energy guarding quicker opposing point guards. We have also heard Brandon complain about not wanting to guard stronger small forwards either. To that, I would have to challenge Roy: C'mon guy, man up. Superstars don't worry about who they're guarding, they make the opposition worry about them.
I say do it. Start Brandon at the "one". Seeing as we have a talented two-guard in Rudy Fernandez sitting on the bench, it almost seems like a no-brainer. Rudy could handle the ball a little as well, letting Brandon roam free once in a while. Doing this could also free us up for a big trade for a better (maybe all-star quality) small forward utilizing Andre Miller (as much as I'd hate to lose him). He is a great player with plenty left in the tank whose sweet contract means little risk for whomever takes him. What do you think, Bedgeland? Would you like to see a starting back-court of Roy and Rudy? A little R&R? Could we then turn around and make a sick trade? If so, who would you trade and for whom? What would your line-up look like?