Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Going in a completely different direction
Rasho Nesterovic is a nice piece. He's a pro, he hits over half his shots, etc... but he has his drawbacks too. He probably can't even jump high enough to dunk anymore, he can't defend the pick and roll very well, and he's not someone that will be crashing the offensive glass with reckless abandon (or any kind of abandon).
So here's my idea of the day: Forget Rasho, use the bi-annual exception to get Ben Wallace under contract.
Let's break this down pro/con style:
- Redundant?: You could make a case that he's too similar to Toronto's other big off the bench, Reggie Evans.
- Backboards and rims will take a beating: Wallace shot just 18% on jumpers, and made just 42% of his free throws last season
- Board-crasher: Along with Evans, would give the Raptors two of the top 20 offensive rebounders in the game last season. Toronto's best last season was Chris Bosh, who ranked 87th
- Underrated passer: His 16.8% assist rate was 9th among NBA power forwards last season (just behind Pau Gasol)
- More points = more wins: Cleveland outscored their opponents by an average of 16 points per 48 minutes with Wallace on the floor. Why's that impressive? It was the highest mark on the team. With Lebron on the floor, the Cavs outscored their opponents by 14 pts per 48 mins.
- Quiet impact: Though the last thing you'd call Wallace is "savvy" on the offensive end of the court, he is a "savvy" basketball player overall (kind of the way I'd describe myself as a ball player). Consider: He draws more fouls than the man he's covering, outrebounds them, turns the ball over less, and blocks more shots. That's a winning basketball player
Yes, Wallace is similar to Evans, but that's the type of player I want on the bench. No matter what, you'll always have scorers on the floor with this team. I can't envision a scenario when all three of Turkoglu, Bosh, and Bargnani will be on the bench together.
Here's the clearest way I can put it: Nesterovic, for the most part, won't negatively impact a game, but he won't really impact a game positively either. He's a "passive" player.
On the other hand, Wallace--as I've pointed out--won't negatively impact a game either, but he can impact a game positively with his ability to defend, block shots, and rebound. He's an "active" player.