Not a Bad Decision
Re: Best/Worst Moves of all 30 teams in the NBA (or something) by Ross Coleman
Adding Darren Collison via trade was a fantastic move by the Pacers. Anytime you add a guy that was a key member of three straight Final Four teams, it is a good thing.
Collison gives the Pacers a solid starting point guard that can manage a game.
Drafting Paul George has been disastrous. George was the 10th overall pick and he has done little to help the Pacers this year. He has played in just 16 games this season averaging just under six points per game.
It is a bigger shame when you realize they could have had guys like Xavier Henry, Quincey Pondexter, Joe Crawford, or even Landry Fields. All of whom are better than George so far.
1. I realize that this “article” is mostly just the mostly-ignorant and quickly-scribed thoughts of a “web reporter” about a non-headline team. Regardless, what Ross Coleman basically did was select the best and worst newly- or re-acquired players from each team and explain how astonishingly productive or unproductive they’ve been. A pretty cheap job in my opinion. Especially since he said that Jordan Crawford was Joe Crawford (as highlighted), and he implied that Henry, Pondexter, Crawford, and Fields were all draft-worthy with the tenth pick, which is (a) completely irresponsible to mention when all “evidence” is only relevant in hindsight, and (b) doesn’t make sense as Pondexter and Crawford were late-firsts and Fields was a Rudy Fernandez/Glen Davis/DeJuan Blair-esque sleeper in the early second. No one would have picked any of those other guys at ten, and if they had, the fans would react like they did when we traded Jerryd Bayless for Brandon Rush (we’d be in a different situation if we had kept JB).
2. Is this what an outside viewpoint sounds like? Darren Collison is a savior and Paul George was another lottery mistake? This proves Coleman isn’t doing very deep research, if any at all. Paul George has one of the highest potentials in this draft class, but, due to the coach, George hasn’t been given the ultimate chance that some other rookies have already been given this season; Ekpe Udoh (198) is the only top-10 rookie who has been given less minutes than Paul (251), and Cole Aldrich (55) and Patrick Patterson (177) are the only other players in the top-15 with less.
3. I wouldn’t have posted this, but the last line was not justifiable. George’s ceiling is higher than Pondexter, to say the least, but to call his drafting “disastrous” doesn’t make sense. Given the time he’s received, George has shown out quite well on occasion (vs. the Wizards, Mavericks) and proven that he’s bound to be a huge star, when he’s given the ball. This doesn’t reflect in his per-game stats because (once again, for the cheap seats) the rotation and coaching isn’t designed around George, nor is it designed to accommodate him. As I stated, the research in this article had to have been minimal.
What say you, Ross Coleman?