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, tajallie@h... wrote:
> Just to be clear . . .Miller appears to be a great fit but I was just
> wondering if the his semi-universal choice was as obvious as it
I think it's an obvious possibility, one I didn't hear discussed
> I consider Duncan a center so either any good offensive option @ the
> 4 or 5 would have be sufficient. In fairness to USA Basketball the
> top two chioces for Miller's possible position were Malone and KG,
> both of whom would have filled a good passing, jump shooting big man
> role well (although Karl's last year might have people wondering).
Malone plays a more classic high post role, but KG is just very very
What was the sequence in which the team was picked? Who are Malone's
and KG's replacements?
> DeanO, I agree the rest of world is a hell of lot better than it was
> but I still think that a well-coached defensive oriented team (like
> say the Pistons) still would have been pretty dominant even without
> shooter better than the current team. Think UNLV, early 90's.
Well, that defense of Detroit is one of the best, so that could be
tough. Easily the two worst defenders on the team are Marbury and
Anthony. So Brown has the players to work up a good D. UNLV? Maybe.
I loved their amoeba D. No one else really played it. But LV also
had pretty good shooters.
> PS Except for last year, Miller's assist rate was good but not that
> impressive. Maybe 'Sheed or Reef would put up 5+ assist per 48
> minutes playing for the Kings as well. Miller had a great season but
> doesn't it seem like alot of players have played well in his role
> over past few years. Finally, if you are considering Miller why not
> Webber who, when healthly is also pretty effective in the high post.
Webber is nowhere near as disciplined as Miller. Offensive ratings
for the two are quite different, with Miller producing about 115
pts/100 poss and Webber only about 105. Webber is the better
defender, but has been particularly poor offensively the last two
years. And Miller has been that good since he came into the league,
not just in Sactown. Abdur-Rahim, Webber, and Rasheed are very
reasonable candidates (guys I prefer over Odom), but I'd still go with
Miller. For public relations with the Islamic world, I would actually
want to discuss Shareef quite a bit. Not sure if it'd be good or bad...
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