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Re: [APBR_analysis] Eddie Griffin: Why?

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  • Jim Hekel
    Good spin, Charles, but there is also a few holes. First off, there were no top-notch point guards in this year s draft. But I agree the NBA s emphasis is on
    Message 1 of 7 , Jun 28, 2001
      Good spin, Charles, but there is also a few holes.
      First off, there were no top-notch point guards in
      this year's draft. But I agree the NBA's emphasis is
      on guys with size who can move. What the Bulls did is
      a big gamble that I don't agree with. They gave away
      Elton Brand for a dream. It could pay off big time, or
      it could backfire. Listening to the SCORE in Chicago
      today, I am confused about Brand's contract status.
      One commentator said the Bulls could have had him for
      three more seasons.

      As far as these two being able to shut down Shaq in
      two or three years, that would depend on how quickly
      Shaq ages. David Robinson and Tim Duncan couldn't shut
      him down this year and I think defense if probably the
      hardest thing for a high school player to learn.

      But I wish the Bulls well. It will be an interesting
      team to watch in the next few years. One thing this
      deal does do is open up playing time for Marcus Fizer
      at power forward, as the team says the 7-footer will
      play small forward. This lineup could pose problems
      for opposing defenses, but the Bulls will probably be
      forced to play zone. I don't see the 7-footer being
      quick enough to guard McGrady or even Big Dog. Jim
      Hekel, Rowley, Iowa.

      --- Charles Steinhardt <charles@...> wrote:
      > On Thu, 28 Jun 2001, Jim Hekel wrote:
      > >
      > > --- Ed Weiland <weiland1029@...> wrote:
      > > > Now can you spin the Elton Brand trade in a way
      > that
      > > > will ease my pain? : )
      > > >
      > > > Ed Weiland
      > >
      > Here, I'll take a shot at it. Just remember that I
      > don't necessarily
      > believe all of this, but I think it's a reasonable
      > spin
      > > Nope. I think Krause finally went off the deep
      > end. I
      > > can't think that either of the high schoolers will
      > > average 20 points and 10 rebounds a game like
      > Brand
      > > has the past two years. Heck, they might not
      > average
      > Brand was a 20 and 10 man because he was on a crappy
      > team rather than
      > because he was a superstar, and on a better team
      > he's not going to be as
      > good. He also wasn't really a center, and with the
      > new zone rules size is
      > very important on the interior. Basically, he's
      > worth a lot more now than
      > he is later, and he wasn't going to re-sign with the
      > Bulls anyway.
      > > that combined! Should have drafted Battier to take
      > > care of the small forward problem. Actually I
      > thought
      > > it would be interesting to watch Eddy Curry
      > develop
      > > with Brand by his side. Now, who will show him how
      > > it's done? It's a big gamble. It could be the
      > dawning
      > > of a modern Twin Towers (Make that Twin Teen
      > Towers)
      > Consider that this would be the first time two high
      > school prospects have
      > been given the change to develop their games
      > specifically with the thought
      > in mind of playing alongside the other at the NBA
      > level. With good
      > chemistry between these two, not only do their games
      > work well together,
      > but in three years there is also much more of an
      > incentive to these two to
      > stay together, hopefully in Chicago. Both are great
      > defenders inside, and
      > there is a good chance that in a zone defense, the
      > two of them will be
      > able to stop Shaq in a couple of years.
      > > or they could end up looking like Benoit Benjamin.
      > > Maybe Krause figures they will have to give him
      > > another two or three years to let the kids develop
      > > before they can his can. Jim Hekel
      > Hey - just give them time. They may be high
      > schoolers, and I think
      > they're about a year or two away from being
      > dominant, but we've just
      > drafted 2/3 of a dominant frontcourt for the next
      > twenty years. Can you
      > imagine if Kobe was a big man with the same kind of
      > dominance at at power
      > forward as he currently has further outside? On
      > that team all you need to
      > do is add a point guard and you're set for the next
      > ten years. And even
      > if only one of them completely pans out, the Admiral
      > isn't exactly a 20
      > and 10 guy anymore and San Antone was the second
      > best team in the league
      > this year because of their inside presence, even if
      > only one of the two
      > was putting up legit star numbers. This trade makes
      > the Bulls the
      > prototypical team of the future - drafted from the
      > inside out. Look at
      > the priority on big men - how many guards were taken
      > in the first 20 picks
      > or so? Remember when point guards used to be the
      > first thing teams
      > needed? First point guard was taken pretty low for
      > a franchise player,
      > wasn't he? This is the wave of the future, and
      > Bulls are leading the way.
      > [That enough spin for ya?]
      > -Charles
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