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Blazer's Point Guard Beyond Andre Miller?


I believe the Blazers have solved their point guard problem for the upcoming season with the addition of Andre Miller.  However, Mr. Miller is legitimately old by NBA standards, and the long term answer at point guard has yet to be found.  I offer a suggestion for one possible solution that would best utilize the personnel we have now. 

 

We have seen the facility with which BRoy is capable of running the offense in the half-court.  But bringing the ball up the court can take its toll on Brandon's energy.  Rudy Fernandez consistently demonstrates inspired court vision and passing, in the half court.  But Rudy cannot bring the ball up the court, its just not one of his strengths.  I don't believe Rudy can "learn" to effectively bring ball up the court.  My conclusion is Rudy and Brandon can coexist very effectively as backcourt mates, in the half court.  The problem with playing them together is you need to play a point guard with them to bring the ball up the court, which in turn forces one of them (Brandon, again the more versetile) to defend a small forward.  Either way, Brandon get's too tired/beat up.  The solution I suggest:  A point forward.

 

Be it Nick Batum (in the event he shows his full court dribbling abilities can be relied upon), or bringing some other forward who has the skills to bring it up the court (a la Pippen, Odom, historically Diaw did it for a while, and even Garnett at times), the Blazers could very effectively field a team with Roy and Rudy in the back court, and Oden and LMA up front.  (I don't think Webster has the handles at all, so that's a non-starter IMO).  A starting lineup with Rudy, Roy Oden and LMA would be a deadly starting lineup, in my opinion. 

 

Whether the Blazers field a conventional starting lineup with a true point guard, or do something less conventional as I am suggesting they could, they are going to be very good for years to come.  I am looking forward to seeing how this and future seasons play out.  Go Blazers!

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