Did anyone hear Bernard B. on 750 the game in about the 1:00 hour? He was talking about Batum, and he was basically saying the Blazers don’t need him, he is a waste of money at 7-9 million, which I don’t really disagree with…That isn’t my point. He said the Blazers acting GM knows what Batum is and that is why he didnt get signed. He basically said Batum is a guy who for his career averages 9 points and 3 boards, and that is what type a player he is. He isn’t worth the money cause of those low averages.
I found it funny that he was using his “career averages” to make his argument and not really acknowledging that he has had better numbers every year he has played (except this year which is still young). So he challenged people to call in and throw “stats” at him that justify him being signed by the Blazers, and they he reiterated that he is a “stat nerd/geek” and the great thing about sports is you can go to the stats to tell the story.
So a caller called in and said, look at his per minute averages, he is scoring more than Gerald Wallace per 36 minutes vs. Gerald Wallace. Then the host dismissed that and said he isn’t tough like Gerald Wallace, Batum is soft, blah blah blah.
The then next caller called up and said look at Batum’s true shooting percentage, he is the best on the team. Then the host and the co-host? Looked up the stat and sure enough Batum was #1…but then they looked at who was #2, #3, #4 in that stat and it was like Kurt Thomas, Craig Smith, and Chris Johnson (not sure of the exact order) and they dismissed that point by saying “What should the Blazers do start Chris Johnson and Craig Smith over Camby and Aldridge, too?” These hosts were just total garbage, it was really frustrating working and hearing these clowns on the radio. Why did they just not filter the true shooting percentage to guys who play at least 20 minutes a night?
And you guys didn’t like the Hawk at the noon hour, he was better than this dude.
He went on to conclude that if someone offers the Blazers a lottery pick for Batum he would take that all day. Would you be happy with a lottery pick for Batum? I sure wouldn't be...well unless it was like a for sure top 3 pick, but the lottery system is never for sure.