It’s finally time for Blazersedge to officially take up the whispers and rumors we’ve been hearing for the past year or so about Brandon Roy and the potential for him to eventually play point guard. We’re going to make this short and sweet: I don’t see it happening.
This doesn’t have a lot to do with
But the fact remains, that’s not his natural position. When you take your team leader--the heart and soul of your squad, the guy other teams design their game plans around--and stick him in a position not his own you end up weakening not only him, but the team as a whole.
Michael Jordan was capable of playing point guard. He did it for a season. Darned if he didn’t average 8 assists too. Kobe Bryant could play point guard if he wanted. LeBron James could probably do a credible job as well.
Besides that, there would still be a fair bit of learning curve to
The only solid arguments I can see for
1. We don’t really have a long-term point guard we’re comfortable with. And…
2. It would get Rudy Fernandez more playing time.
As far as the first argument, if you don’t have a point guard you’re comfortable with then go out and get one! That’s what all of that cap space is for. Part of the problem is that the point guards we have are inexperienced, incomplete, or not naturally suited for the position. Throwing
As for the second argument, nobody knows what Rudy can or will do in this league yet. I respect his potential but we don’t even know if Rudy and Roy together would make a viable combination. We don’t know if Rudy will earn minutes beyond backing up
In the end there are too many players, positions, and roles unsettled on this young team to be taking your surest thing and throwing it into doubt. Roy is great initiating the offense once the ball has been brought up, but he really needs to play with a true point guard to take the pressure off. I don’t see a Brandon Point Guard experiment in our near future and I suspect by the time we get to the far future we’ll be winning too much anyway to even consider it.