There is no way in he'll Brook Lopez is better than Marc Gasol. Heck, Gasol outproduced Lopez as the 4th option on a decent team. Lopez has a lot of Chris Kaman in him. Always at the scene of an underperforming team putting up useless numbers very softly.
It is not only that Rudy is more athletic, he is our only starter that wins the size/athleticism/talent matchup almost every night. Only Durant beats him out. There is only one SF as good or better as young or younger. In his prime he is likely top 3-5 at his position easily.
As much as I like Mayo and ZBo, I would move either before letting Rudy walk. In fact, Mayo/ZBo is the base package I'm holding at the trade deadline to bring in a star to go with Gay, Gasol and Henry. In other words, I'm looking for a stud PG(Paul) or a young stifle PF(Josh Smith?)
AI is not a ticket taker, he would be gone most of the time even if he played in Atlanta.
Iverson is simply not good enough at this point to be guaranteed a role.
I think the thing to remember is that Mayo came out after 1 season and spent his rookie season in isolation sets with a rookie frontcourt.
After his rookie season, I project him as a good 2nd option who needs a strong, aggressive ball handler next to him. I think Rubio and Tyreke were perfect to force PGs to guard Mayo.
Ithink him and Rudy are I'll matched due to both having ball handling/defensive issues.
I would also like to see him more at the point to get a better evaluation.
I think people look to deep for this assist thing. I think it was more due to having a backcourt that started the season with 57 games of experience, two rookies in the frontcourt and a 3rd year SF.
It's a painful thing to think about what could have been.
Draft hasn't happened yet....
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