Originally Posted by dd24
The Knicks really needed a PG last season. Everybody who watches basketball knows this. He didn't get the job done at all. I don't think it's even possible to stick up for his play last season. If he was that good he would have stuck around in NY. The only reason the Lakers even went for the trade is because they got two 2nd round picks. They weren't going to just take on that contract for Chicago. This trade isn't about getting a key piece for this season. Clarkson and Russell should be getting the bulk of the minutes at the guard positions. I'm more excited for their development than someone who couldn't even help the Pistons nearly 5 years ago now. Did anyone notice what he did in Dallas? Because they really needed a PG at that time too.
BOTH Fisher and Rambis used the triangle offense where they really never relied heavily on PGs, since way back. Bulls and Lakers won 11 rings that didn't depend heavily on PGs.
NEVER did I say that he is the KEY PIECE and that he should play a lot and take away many minutes from the young players.
I even said his defense is sub par but smart coaches figure out ways to mask weaknesses,
I think he's worth a shot even for just a back up role but I am not going to lose sleep if it doesn't work out, atleast they get 2 2nd rounders for getting him.
You questioned what he did in Dallas,
Well, a respected coach like Carlisle believed that he can play for 31 minutes/game, his numbers of 11.4 pts and 4.7 assists(1.3 turnovers) are not great but his 58.4EFG%, 45.63ptFG% are pretty good IMO.
Bear in mind that Cuban got really greedy and wanted to lure superstars but they just DIDN'T COME, they also lost 2 key players in Kidd and Tyson Chandler, still Dallas managed to be THIRD BEST in offensive rating, winning 49 games(12th best record), 4th best in EFG%, 6th best in TOV% ratio.
. Yes, he was traded to NY, bec I believe Cuban realized that they terribly missed their defensive anchor in Chandler.