With the preseason just around the corner and position debates all the rage right now, (starting pg, sf, center...) I thought I'd throw another debate out there, one that should definitly start to pick up once the team starts playing games. Who do you think should get the the fifteenth spot on the roster? With the Juwan Howard signing (which I liked) that leaves the blazers with one spot left and four guys competing for it. The two leading candidates seem to be Jarron Collins, a former Jazz center, and Ime Udoka, who started 81 games during the 06-7 season here in portland after playing hs ball at jefferson and his college ball at PSU. The other two guys are Donnell Taylor, who has 98 games of NBA experience over two years but has played in greece the past two years, and Quinton Hosley, a 6'7'' tweener who plays a bulky three and an undersized power forward. Here are each of the player's basketballreference.com links. Taylor: http://basketballreference.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=TAYLODO01, Hosley: (his Euroleague player profile as well as his wikipedia, because he hasn't logged any time in the NBA) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinton_Hosley, http://www.euroleague.net/competition/players/showplayer?clubcode=mad&pcode=001196&seasoncode=e2008, Udoka: http://basketballreference.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=UDOKAIM01%20, Collins: http://basketballreference.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=COLLIJA04. This truthfully a two man race unless Taylor or Hosley absoluteley tears it up in camp, (and even then they would probably just be used as trade bait) between Udoka and Collins. They both certainly have something to bring to the table. Both are veterans, provide physical play, and have some playoff experience. If it were up to me, I'd go with Collins, because to me there just isn't enough use for another small forward, plus Udoka's numbers with San Antonio last year took a steep decline, so it looks like his best days may be behind him. Collins is a year younger, and could provide depth at both the center and power foward spots, and you can never have too much size at the end of your bench.
Its up to you though, so who gets it?
this seems like way to much to type about this subject. i want the season to start.