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Forget the defensive anchor at the pivot for the moment--I feel this team is one shooter from being a contender

One all world shooter that is. I am talking Steve Kerr/Smith/Reggie Miller/Ray Allen level here. G Dub brings the hard nose hustle and makes us so much more versatile. If we just could have one constant threat from anywhere on the court to spread out defenders I think we would be there. Now the question is who could be that piece? Could it come from within the team (Roy? Batum? Rudy? Babbit??)? Or is that piece not here? Anthony Morrow comes to my mind but for some reason I question his mindset and work ethic--which partially be merely because he hasn't had a role on a team really competing for anything, but who knows.

EDIT: I obviously didn't do a good enough job convincing anyone so here is a bit more of a write up. I hope you give this post another chance and give me your thoughts on this

There is whole lot of talent and versatility in those five wings. Batum can play the three or four and guard the one through four. G Dub also can play the three or four and guard either quite well while being able to rotate to a guard or a big somewhat effectively--at least as well as every other strong SF not named James. Wes can play two or three and cover both guard spots as well as many small forwards. Rudy and Roy can be effective setting up the offense or playing off the ball, and can be effective against many lineups as the small forwards. Neither of those last two are premier on ball defenders but they know how to play the passing lanes.

Our greatest strength as I see it right now is our versatility, and Nate seems to agree. One thing that makes us scary to opposing coaches is how we cross match up against teams--and 'Dre and our wings are a HUGE part of that. Miller's ability to post up smaller quicker guards is a very nice advantage we have. And then on the other side of the floor Nic can guard that quick point guard and help negate that potential advantage other teams might have on Andre. I come upon this assessment mostly because of Nate. I get the impression we have been throwing zones at teams more often lately---and it has been much more effective since the trade for Wallace. He makes us so much tougher and more flexible. Our defense really isn't the Blazers big issue at this point. Now our weakness. I didn't catch all of the last San Antonio game, but of what I did see was them packing the paint on us. A strategy that so many other teams have done and had success against us with (OKC game is a recent example--they are SCARY with Perk). Now I am not saying that we do not need a reliable big who can crash the boards and play some D (thank god we did not overpay for David Lee), especially with Camby getting even older. What I am thinking though is if we have someone to consistently make defenses pay for crowding the lane, that would open the paint up for LMA, Roy, Crash and 'Dre. Also think about Andre's ability to find a shooter anywhere on the floor--I wish I had stats on what percentage of our three pointers he has assisted on since coming to Portland.

Now shooters on the Nash, Kerr, Allen level are almost as rare as a healthy defensive big, but if we have a chance to grab one we should jump on it. As far as a big I really like Dalembert as an offseason acquisition.

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