it seems like a theme in this thread is that because we are paying anderson 8mil a year he is 100% guaranteed to start. i would not be upset if that is the case, but getting paid that amount of $$$ DOES NOT mean you should start. the best option/matchup will start the game. and starting really means nothing. lets say anderson comes off the bench but gets 30-35 mpg and is on the floor at the end of games, and lopez starts, gets 24-26 mpg and isnt on the floor at the end of games. that is what matters. not who gets an 'S' in the box score, but the amount of minutes played and WHEN those minutes are played.
i honestly think (if this trade went down, of course) our best lineup would be rivers, gordon, anderson, davis and lopez. i expect to see davis/anderson play all 3-5 positions this season.
I've been one all offseason that has wanted to get Robin Lopez. I think he fits our needs perfectly. Right in that 24 year and below range we have been sticking to. True 7 footer, good size, good mobility for a 7 footer(IMO).
Defensive stats can be so misleading coming from a team that has Steve Nash getting blown by on every posession. In fact, Phoenix's outside defense was pretty weak all around. Really puts a lot of stress on the bigs.
No, I don't expect him to become some all-star starter. But for a team that needed a matchup big, I think we hit a homerun.
Now we go into next offseason already with Anderson, Davis, Smith and Lopez locked up. Two seven footers off the bench. That's pretty strong right there.
We didn't want to part with anything too valuable for Lopez, so we turned Jack's contract into Miller's contract, which can be bought out. Now Phoenix can send out Warrick's contract as their incentive to let Lopez come here- instead of paying $8million for Lopez and Warrick, they're paying $800,000 to buy out Miller's contract.
They (Phoenix) must have another move in mind, or they like Wes Johnson, either way. Presumably we can afford to sit on Warrick's contract for 12 months because Demps isn't planning on making any more moves, at least until February.
Can we talk Hakim Warrick for a second.........
He just turned 30 years old, and is obviously little more than a contract at this point for us. But I don't get the "he's awful" discussion other than from Phoenix fans and their typical nonsense.
This of course was the guy they brought in to take Amare's place. A plan destined to fail obviously, but they did what they had to do. Last year he played some of the smallest minutes of his career, and his play sufferred. But just the season before last, he was 29th amongst all PF's in PER, scored over 51% from the field, would have averaged about 16 points per 36 minutes. Year before that, he was 33rd in PER.
People are going to take whatever stats they want to prove whatever point they want. Again, Warrick will NOT be a Hornet past this season. But I feel pretty good about him being our third PF and 5th big off the bench. He is not some waste.
I wouldn't judge any player's ability to play defense after they have played for Phoenix. With Lopez's energy and strength I think he'd be a monsta in Monty's defensive scheme. He and Warrick.
Having said that, he can score, but his rebounding leaves a lot to be desired- he doesn't have the game to be a SF, but he's too slight to be a PF. In reality he'll be an expensive 5th 'big' man behind Davis, Anderson, Smith and Lopez.
im tired of talking to people with reading comprehension problems. in the second sentence of my post i said "i would not be upset if that is the case", referring to anderson starting. and i never said i expect lopez to start 82 games a season. but he is more than capable of being a "spot starter" based on match-ups and injures. i havent taken anything you said seriously since i started posting here. have a good one.
But that's exactly why I'm not a GM in the NBA :p
Edit: Yup it was the 2010 WCFs playoff run cause I still remember this:
We can probably assume Dell and Monty place some value on Lopez- he's 24, so he's the right age if nothing else. Lewis and Warrick will come off the books in 12 months, presumably Dell will make another move then.
You're right, it's nice that we're using 100% of the cap- gives the fans faith that the owner will not be cheap later on when it counts.
He freakin shoots 50% from the court at 7'0" from 3-5 feet from the basket>> &&&&&&&& he shoots SHAQ FREE THROWS ! Actually Worse than Shaq ! 46% !! That is gawd awful ! :crazy2:
Lets face it>> You paid 8 million a year for a guy that can rebound & CAN DO ABSOLUTELLY NOTHING on offense ! HE is a PATHETIC low post offensive player !:flushed:
And Asik at least had offers from other teams, no other team other than the Hornets wanted Lopez
It should be of note that, aside from the Hornets’ interest, no other NBA squad has gotten the restricted free agent to sign an offer sheet. Read that as the rest of the NBA market knowing that Lopez is a guy with too many question marks to risk overpaying for.
Read more: http://valleyofthesuns.com/2012/07/2...#ixzz21dytFPbp
Asik AND Lopez are both Gahbage. No need to argue anymore.
Ick. So much faffing around about CBA rules and what not...and only limited word on if this deal is even getting done.