According to Ben, today KP confessed to him that while there's an NBA adage that "you can never have too many big men," as a former point guard he believes that "you can never have too many point guards." Does this ring a bell with anyone? I've repeatedly suggested at this site that KP's tendency to pack the Blazers' roster with point guards (as many as five at one point) at the expense of bangers might reflect the bias of a former point guard. Yet virtually no one around here thought I might be on to something. Our genius GM has a blind spot? RIDICULOUS!! [For reference, check out my 11-18-07 post, "Where's the Beef," and my 5-20-09 reprise, "Kevin Pritchard Declares that Hurryup '09 Was Right!"]
Thankfully, KP seems to have moderated his point-guard hoarding ways lately. And in Pendergraph & Cunningham, he's added a couple of young forwards with a penchant for getting after it on the boards. But this turnabout only came about after the Blazers met a predictable fate in last season's playoff series vs the Rockets--namely getting pushed around like little kids by a team with a full complement of "Maxsaps" (Millsap/ Maxiell types).
The reason it's more advantagous to stock up on bangers than on point guards seems obvious. Bangers, if they're doing their jobs, tend to rack up fouls. So you need to be able to throw them at your opponent in waves--especially in the playoffs, when physical play is most rewarded. Bangers also tend to get injured a lot--again due to the physical nature of their job. Therefore, "you can never have too many." By contrast, point guards tend to commit fewer fouls and spend less time in the trenches getting beat on. So, as a rule of thumb, you don't need as many surplus ones on your roster. The spares only cause problems by griping about playing time.
Our genius GM has now realized the error of his ways. Didn't he say, following the Blazers' early exit from last season's playoffs, that the one lesson he took away from that series was that the Blazers need more toughness? Clearly, KP has corrected his former blind spot. Er, or has he? Today's remark to Ben suggested backsliding!
Please, KP; if you elect to fill that 15th roster spot now, don't bring aboard another midget malcontent!