Coach Nick mostly agrees with me, which is gratifying . That video contains a few minutes on the defence near the end, mostly talking about how it has collapsed this year. The Suns were around average for the first two years of Hornacek's tenure - possibly in part because they were trying to use spacing at the 5 spot instead of rim protection. I didn't really watch enough of them to get an idea of whether or not they were doing anything fancy on that end, probably not though. I'm sure with the right coaching staff he could put together a reasonable defence, but it's not the thing that earned him praise when he started the job.
That was pretty insightful (gotta love Coach Nick!). Seems like he was a victim of an over-active GM more than anything else. Maybe he had some say in moving those players, but I would guess that most of it was the GM.
I would assume that having spent most of his career under Jerry Sloan he picked up some of his traits and might be more dogmatic than some players can handle...then again, maybe he better appreciates how to tap the brakes on that...hard to say. I would also assume that having watched Stockton-Malone pick'n'rolls dominate the league for what seemed like forever, he would want to make that a strong point of the offense. Harden certainly can do that, but I am afraid Dwight's lack of shooting hurts the overall success of that play.
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It was Malone's mid-range shot that really made that work. Even when teams defended the play well Malone would just settle back and calmly knock down jumper after jumper. As Houston fans, we are all too aware of this--sorry to dredge up bad memories.
We definitely do not have a guy like that on the roster. I think if we bring in Hornacek we would want to get one. It doesn't have to be a future HOF-er like Malone. I really like Aaron Gordon in Orlando. He's still quite raw, but he fits the mold. He's got range out to 3, good handles, can dish, and the kind of athleticism people dream of. He's shown some decent defensive chops. He's even got a decent mid-range (shoots 44%). I'd love to see Morey pry him away from Orlando which doesn't seem to understand how to use a talent like that. At 20 years old he's still got tons of room to grow and develop.
Myles Turner is another one, but right now Indiana isn't moving him for less than a star player.
As far as stretch 5's go....Portland doesn't seem as enamored with Meyers Leonard as I thought they would be this year. Maybe it's his defense...I don't know. Perhaps we can steal him away. There's no arguing that a true stretch 5 would open things up a lot for Harden.
I'm getting way ahead of myself (and this season) imagining next years' team with Leonard/D-Mo, Harrison Barnes (who we sign in FA!!!), and Aaron Gordon alongside Bev and Harden. We might be a little light on defense, but we'd make it up on the other end. I'd let Jeff Hornacek take the reigns of that group.