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@kfte At this point, this is pretty much where I am with Ajinca too. Had a few really good games and is obviously improved, but I think those who are so willing to dump Asik and give this guy big minutes are getting ahead of themselves.
That said, if I were Dell, I would want to see more because I need to make my evaluation before I head into this summer. I would be asking Monty to find him consistent minutes to see if he can be a game in, game out quality big man.
14 hours, 1 minute ago on Alexis Ajinca Making a Case for More Minutes
@mvpmb10 Danny Green and Draymond G will get double what we have to offer or more. Gerald Green is a nice option, but might be out of our price range too and Harris definitely can't be had for the MLE. Corey Brewer isn't a big enough upgrade, and Demarre would be ideal but again might be out of our price range, only having the MLE.
My point was that if we couldn't get a clear upgrade at SF (Green's, Demarre) then it might be better to go after a G or C as opposed to a marginal upgrade like Corey Brewer or Wesley Johnson with the MLE
4 days, 4 hours ago on In the NO Podcast Ep 202: No Jrue, No Problem
@isthisyourhomeworklawrence I think you answered your own question with the last statement you made there
6 days, 17 hours ago on What Has Gotten Into Eric Gordon?
I really agree with the majority of these. My only changes would be:
B+ for Holiday (Mason had A-). Just still not aggressive enough on the offensive end consistently.
B- for Evans (Mason had a B), I just think the off ball defense has been so bad and it is hard for me to overlook that when our defense has been our downfall.
Other than that, I agree. What does everyone else think?
1 week, 3 days ago on New Orleans Pelicans’ Mid-Season Report Card
@504ever @Michael McNamara @6thMan My philosophy wouldn't be to "try new things" whenever a major piece struggled because maybe one of my minimum guys could break through. I agree it might work once in a while, but it wouldn't be my tactic.
I would stick with Ryno and bet that he will break through before I bet that Ajinca becomes the next Speights.
1 week, 3 days ago on Let’s Talk About Ryno
@504ever @6thMan @Michael McNamara Austin Rivers looked terrific for the first 8 games this season. Aminu for a few games at the beginning of multiple seasons. Heck, George Zidek looked like he was gonna win rookie of the year after his first few games.
I want to believe in Ajinca's two great games, but I am going to assume that it is an aberration for now. The game before and the game after those two games in which Ajinca got major minutes, he went 6-15 (40%) and scored 14 points (less than 1 point per shot)
I don't think any two game sample size should be used. Ajinca has a decent enough body of work, and so does Ryno. And to me, taking away minutes from Ryno to give to Ajinca does not lead to more wins over a large period of time.
1 week, 4 days ago on Let’s Talk About Ryno
@6thMan What about a 3rd possibility - What if everything you said is true and the only way for him to get back to his old form on the boards, on D, and with his shot is for him to work himself back into shape?
Sure, it might hurt us in the short term this season, and 5-8 wins might be lost, but we aren't winning the title this year anyway. If its about the long term, use this season to get back into shape, both mentally and physically, and then be on track to kill it next year and beyond.
@bpec12 My guess is that most aren't, because most tend to just look at results at not process.
But I would think that some would still see some flaws in spite of the record. That is my best guess.
@dschmid4 I hate using it too - especially when my evaluation says some of our players are low in that category, but if I say CP3 has a high IQ, then there has to be a flip side. To me, the IQ of a player can be seen when a play breaks down or something goes wrong - does he know what the high percentage play is without someone having to tell him? Is he always aware of game situation - not just score and shot clock, but whether his team is in the bonus, who specifically on the other team is in foul trouble, opponents tendencies, etc.
These guys are usually referred to as "coaches on the floor" because a coach is (or at least should be) always aware of these things. Players with lower IQ revert to base instincts and get frazzled when something doesn't go the way it should. They also think of each possession in a vacuum, rather than seeing the big picture (the entire game or even season as a whole). Example - a great PG gets certain guys touches early, even if it is not the most efficient offensive option, because he knows it will keep them engaged throughout the remainder of the game.
I would love if we had more of these types of players, and it is possible that some grow into it over time. But they are on the other side of the IQ scale currently.
1 week, 6 days ago on New Orleans Pelicans Issues Go Beyond Monty Williams
@ljoseph242001 You couldn't find two more similar coaches than Monty and Mark Jackson IMO.
@DonDP Just as an FYI - about 90% of this article was written more than a week ago. Had little or nothing to do with Philly game
@SamuelAdamScott Hungry for a backup PG!!
2 weeks, 5 days ago on In the NO Podcast Ep 200: Q-Pon Anyone?
@bobmurrell That site is not as clear.
Their obligations to the Clippers are essentially extinguished after they get our own 2nd rounder this year. We will not owe the Grizz pick to anyone.. It is ours for now, but expect it to be moved by February in all likelihood
2 weeks, 5 days ago on New Orleans Pelicans Receive Quincy Pondexter in Trade
@504ever I feel like that solidifies the roster, but I don't know if it makes it transcendent if that makes sense.
I think that in the next two years, they will have to swing for a triple or a homer with some move to really become a contender
4 weeks ago on MythBusters – New Orleans Pelicans Have More Flexibility Than You Think
@mvpmb10 His next few moves will be more important than his last few. He has less room for error moving forward than he did in the past, but if he can hit a few doubles and maybe one triple or homer, this is a championship caliber team.
Just can't strike out (ex. Another Gordon contract with subsequent production)
4 weeks, 1 day ago on MythBusters – New Orleans Pelicans Have More Flexibility Than You Think
@thouse I agree that "return is key" but there are different kinds of returns.
Example- Lets say you dump Tyreke for nothing and sign Wes Matthews to a similar contract, haven't you effectively traded Tyreke for Matthews?
With that being the case, I don't think actually getting return in the trade is necessarily important if you know you can lock up another guy with that money. That was my overall point.
@champsworld504 I just hope there is no Nick Anderson who is gonna make me look like a chump since I am a little rusty.
1 month ago on Pelicans Perimeter Problems – Too Many Open Threes
@bsbob I think our memories are very convenient. Or maybe inconvenient.
The play that gave us the lead was a designed play. It was not an iso for Tyreke. It got AD a 3-pt opportunity.
I don't mind people pointing out the bad - there was a lot there last night. But there is a TON of hyperbole after a loss, especially after a stomach punching one like last night.
@6thMan Jimmer took one last night and I thought it was huge. Jrue hit two last night and one in the Suns game, both in key moments.
Jrue's came at the end of the shot clock last night, so I don't know if he got the green light as much as he had to take it. Either way, I believe those type of shots open up the offense for future possessions, whether you make them or miss them. If you make them, double bonus - good for short term and long term.
@msise22 @Michael McNamara @ryanschwan Well, I personally try to stick to things I can prove, quantify, or justify. Something as generic as "they looked sluggish" holds no value to me. It can't be proved or disproved, and without access to every moment of their life, the reasoning for it can't be found even if I did see it the same way as you did.
Thats where this all stems from. You want us to type things like that for some reason. We likely will not in the future. I hope you can get some value from our writing even without analysis like that.
2 months ago on Observations on Kings v Pelicans
@msise22 @Michael McNamara @ryanschwan So you thought he looked sluggish. Okay, now what? This is what I said I wanted explained to me. How do we analyze that or measure that? How is it provable and how do we even begin to deduce what the cause may be if true?
Explain that to me, and maybe it will be in a future recap.
@msise22 @ryanschwan Yeah, Ryan - get your laziness and sluggishness meter out and start measuring!!
I never get this claim, made by fans after a home loss usually. What's the implication here - that they didn't want to win? That they didn't care? That the coach told them not to try? That their personal chefs gave them a dinner that left them sluggish and unable to go full out, so they are to blame?
Please somebody explain this to me.
2 months, 1 week ago on Observations on Kings v Pelicans
@504ever As I pointed out - it has to be a guy on the final year of his contract with no options. Dudley is not eligible.
2 months, 1 week ago on Pelicans Scoop: Eric Gordon Injury Impact
@504ever @Jimmy Lee Dobbs No, you get an exception worth up to 5.4 million to sign or trade for a player. But the player has to be on the last year of their deal. So, for example, the Pels could use this exception (if they get it) to trade for Kirilenko and wouldn't have to send back any salary
2 months, 1 week ago on In the NO Podcast Ep 195: No Gordon, No Asik, No Problem?
@504ever I would say unprecedented, mostly due to his number of fouls and turnovers. You can find a handful of guy in history that make as many good plays. But none that make that many good plays with the absence of bad ones that result in fouls or turnovers
2 months, 1 week ago on Anthony Davis: Destroyer of the Basketball-Reference Play Index
@kaiokleinhans Other teams have tried. He seems to have no interest in playing in the NBA right now
2 months, 2 weeks ago on In Search of an Eighth Man for the New Orleans Pelicans
@Steven J Again, a lot of guys aren't on this list because we don't have the assets to get them. If multiple teams are going after him, that basically means we are out of the hunt. We have no assets to trade. We can only get scrap heap guys, unless we include Rivers which solves one problem but creates another.
@kaiokleinhans Would only have the MLE to get Green, but it might be enough. Either him or Demarree Carroll (with Draymond Green being the dream).
Would be a nice offseason, and it would be great to see the Rockets never get a pick for Asik
@kaiokleinhans We don't really have future 2nds or 1sts to offer, though. That is why the guys on this list aren't very good. The Asik 1st rounder protection is so weird that it makes it really hard to trade a future 1st and we don't have a 2nd rounder until 2017 at the earliest - and we might not even have that one if we are a top team that year
@kaiokleinhans Outside of Taylor and Wesley Johnson, I don't think any of those guys are gettable for what we have to offer. I was a big fan of James Johnson this summer, but Raps love him.
@Houpgarou Any time you can gran a guy who is said to be a low IQ player and not good for the locker room that Denver, Houston, Toronto and Utah had no use for then you gotta go get him!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on New Orleans Pelicans @ Cleveland Cavaliers: Open Thread
@ByronMarcusWashington There is nothing wrong with that. And that's what I wanted him to do.
Saying, "No love for Rivers" does nothing to help our collective dialogue. What he did after I called him out on it does.
The readers comments are a huge part of this site. People read them, so make them as thought provoking and knowledge inducing as possible.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Anthony Davis Gets the Pelicans Over the Hump in San Antonio
@jmsunseri So much stuff to comment on tonight, and the one thing you want to add to the conversation is that I didn't give love to our 7th man?
C'mon, you are a smart poster. Add something to the convo!
@Come On Pelican @Michael McNamara I think all our writers here do a good job. Its hard. If we don't address what everyone is talking about, we get called out on it. If we do, then we are piling on.
I think we tackle tons of different things here, but yeah, we did write Gordon pieces. Hard to ignore. But its not the ONLY thing we do.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Notes from Underground: Practice 11.6
@Come On Pelican I see two articles of the past 20 on our site that meet any of those qualifications. Do you see more?
@JohnRPage Only reason Jimmer's is that low is that there is a league wide conspiracy against him. Haven't you heard?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The New Normal For Eric Gordon
@callmened Thanks for taking the time to share your background and thoughts. For me,
1 - I don't think Pels fans think MVP is realistic this year, but I personally would be shocked if he doesn't win multiple MVP's in his career.
2 - Agree, with maybe the exception being on-ball defense
4- really agree
5 - Zero offensive game is an exaggeration. He has zero ability to create his own offense. But he can grab offensive boards, sets great screens, and can finish. That is SOME offensive game. A guy like Desagna Diop had ZERO offensive game
6 - I think everyone agrees with this
7 - Agree with the exception of Rivers. He isn't horrible. Not anymore.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on In the NO Podcast 194: Davis Triumphant, Gordon not
@504ever @Pelican Poster Sorry, crazy was the wrong word because it could be taken literally. Substitute absurd or fantastical instead.
I just think giving Ajinca the benefit of the doubt is optimistic. The numbers say we shouldn't. He is who he is in that regard - a foul machine sent from the future to destroy us all.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Charlotte Hornets @ New Orleans Pelicans Open Thread
@504ever @Pelican Poster @Michael McNamara What evidence is there that he will control them? If a guy never picked up fouls and then I said, "But eventually, he will start fouling a ton." - that would sound crazy right?
So why isn't it crazy when people assume the opposite? Not only has he failed to improve it over last year, the problem has gotten worse! He is averaging 16 fouls per 36 mins this year.
You can be an optimist, but as a realist, I see absolutely no reason to believe that it will get better.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Charlotte Hornets @ New Orleans Pelicans Open Thread
@504ever Agree with a lot of it, but Ajinca can't be played. His fouls aren't just something he has to get over. They are a killer and he obviously can't help himself. He gives away free points and he hurts our team even when he isn't on the floor. When he racks up fouls like that, it gets us in the penalty early - like it did in the Memphis game.
Now, every foul is 2 FT's. Thats a killer. He can't play. His fouls outweigh all his positives. Its a shame.
@ByronMarcusWashington Monty get any credit for the adjustments and the win? Or does he just get blame and then when the team wins it is in spite of him?
I think there are fair criticisms of Monty. What bothers me is when it is so unbalanced. Point out the bad, sure. But acknowledge the good too. Only fair.
@DonDP Actually, the phrase is: "I couldn't care less."
Sorry, pet peeve of mine. Carry on.
3 months ago on Pelicans and Mavs Post Game Observations
I was thinking a lot about moving Austin into the starting lineup. All he has to worry about is spot up shots and defense - two things he is good at.
Then you bring Gordon off the bench with Ryno and make him the primary ball handler. Something like Gordon, Ryno, one of the other bigs, Salmons or Babbitt, and then either Jrue or Austin in an off ball role.
The question is: Does he finish games? And if no, can you finish games with the Ryno-AD-Asik trio? Either way, 26-30 minutes in that role could work for Gordon
3 months ago on Finding the Right Role for Eric Gordon
Something to consider - This Pelicans team had yet to play even a decent offensive team. Not in the preseason, not against the Magic.
They got destroyed in the first half, in large part because they had to adjust to ball movement and speed they had literally never seen before.
Monty makes some adjustments and they hold one of the best offensive teams in the league to 43 points in the 2nd half.
All is not lost here folks. Its a process.
@504ever Reason prevails!
3 months ago on Third Quarter Against Mavs Shows What Pelicans Can One Day Become
Can't wait for this game. As far as Monta Ellis- his sweet spots are mid-range on the right. Hopefully they force him left and control the glass after he misses.
3 months ago on Mavs @ Pelicans Open Thread
I hope we see it more with time. Maybe 4-6 mins per half. Take those 10 Salmons minutes away and give it to the three big lineup.
3 months ago on Pelicans Go BIG Against the Magic
@504ever I was expecting him to play 9 guys. That is not 'shortening the bench' IMO. That should be the norm. I was surprised who the 9 were. I thought Babbitt and Ajinca would get the minutes Salmons and Jimmer got.
3 months ago on Monty Williams Threw Us All Off the Scent With His Rotations
The way our guards are playing, I would love to see a lineup with AD-Asik-Ryno
3 months ago on Magic @ Pelicans Open Thread
@Hank_ @Michael McNamara If they are gonna play zone, it will be more dependent on how many shooters are on the court than who they SF is IMO