- Jan 15, 2004
Agreed on that final sentence. I’m not saying I’d be going to work Monday excited to announce this extension but as you say there were not really any other options. I’ll reiterate the overreaction to a 21-yr old not making his teammates better (as if that is his responsibility on a rookie deal) or understsnding NBA defensive schemes. I find value in a 21yr olds ability to rise about last seasons turmoil probably more than advanced numbers for a player on a lottery team in an awful setting.If we rank his draft class by VORP, he's the ninth pick of the second round. There's actually a couple of really good entire teams on the list ahead of him.
Sure, growth curve. Probably have no other choice. But damn, max money for a guy who doesn't make his teammates better or play any defense whateoever (and is already trending downward on D) and had a .511 TS% in year 3. What a country.