If the playoffs started today
Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:16 AM
I am. Unless you're talking about a generational big like Duncan/Shaq, I personally would always go with the shot creating wing over the big if on the same relative level.
Based on what I've seen of Harden so far I would have to disagree - I'd say that Love is a level above Harden at the moment. I have yet to see Harden match the consistency of Love on a night to night basis. Over the past couple of seasons Love has been posting excellent games night in and night out. Harden, on the other hand, blows hot and cold. And yes in today's NBA offence from the wing is probably more valuable late in games, but I'd argue that the mismatches that Love creates probably make up for that. he poses a problem to NBA defences in a fashion that few are prepared to counter, whereas for all Harden's brilliance he is doing something that there is a hard 'counter' to (remember his struggles against Iguodala and Allen? For all that people initially dismissed the "how will he fare with the best defender on the other team on him?" argument because of his hot start, I think there is still some validity to asking that question until Harden has shown he can break down an elite defensive wing or two). The one negative against Love is that it's harder to excuse poor defence from a big man than it is from a perimeter player, simply because of the need for an inside presence to function as an anchor in most defensive schemes.
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 09:22 PM
On the topic of breakout rookies: it's hard not to think of both Morris and Smith as rookies still. Partly because of last year's shortened season, and partly because they virtually never played last year. To me, the only big difference between them and this year's true rookies is their eligibility for the All-Rookie team. I think Houston's development model of sending prospects to the RGV is great for helping players get better, but hamstrings their shot at earning rookie accolades/numbers. That's the cost if trying to stay competitive while rebuilding.
Yeah, I'd agree with you. Is it possible to think of Morris as both a rookie and an experienced player? It seems paradoxical, but that's how I think think of him. He's not got much NBA time under his belt, but still quite a lot more than any of the guys behind him. I'm hopeful that we'll see a similar leap from either DMo or TJo next season.
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