I was unable to wait any longer for the season to start last weekend so I popped NBA2k10 in, updated the roster and traded for Wes Matthews. Got rid of Webster as well. This venture ended up being a reminder that the actual Blazers squad isn't much of a 3-point threat like it was when Blake, Webster and Outlaw were still in the mix. That's not to say that I think the old lineup is better, because it's not. I in fact think we are suited to win more games than with the one that won 54. Nonetheless, I'm worried the 3 point shot might not show up this season.
Which of our players do you think should garner this role? Matthews and Batum both shoot it quite well from outside, and yet I wouldn't consider them the be all end all 3-point shooters by any stretch of the imagination. I feel that they could adopt a role like that alongside their perimeter defense and actually be quite good at it. Most of us would agree that Rudy isn't going to be the guy, and Brandon Roy is better off shooting clutch perimeter shots. I have a have enough faith in Bayless in hitting the shot at a 35% mark from out there, but I wouldn't say that strategy works with his strengths.
Now, all of this could be a good thing in that we have to take it to the the paint more often. I'm just worried that opposing teams will smother Greg and Aldridge and force what few 3-point threats we have left to shoot it more often from beyond the arc. This should in theory leave our shooters wide open, but as I said above, how well can these 'shooters' deliver from outside?
One more thing. Let's stick with what we have, and not turn this into an Andre Miller bash-fest. Obviously, he should absolutely never shoot it from outside, but should be included in the discussion. Will his presence be felt for better or for worse?