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@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
1 day, 2 hours 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
4 days, 20 hours 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
4 days, 22 hours ago on In Search of an Eighth Man for the New Orleans Pelicans
@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.
4 days, 23 hours ago on In Search of an Eighth Man for the New Orleans Pelicans
@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!
1 week, 3 days 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.
1 week, 5 days 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 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 weeks, 1 day 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 weeks, 1 day 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 weeks, 1 day 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 weeks, 2 days 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.
2 weeks, 4 days 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
2 weeks, 5 days 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.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Pelicans and Mavs Post Game Observations
@504ever Reason prevails!
2 weeks, 5 days 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.
2 weeks, 5 days 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 weeks, 2 days 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 weeks, 2 days 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 weeks, 2 days 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
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Magic @ Pelicans Open Thread
Things I am watching for:
1. Monty's defensive scheme
3. Offensive system with all three guards on the floor
4. Communication on the defensive end
5. The types of shots we create or settle for
A win would be nice, but I am looking for these things more than stats and the like. What about you guys?
@aaguirre32 Thanks for sharing. I am sure a lot of people fell in love with that team. Sadly, we haven't recaptured that magic since then. Until now!
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Can History Repeat Itself This Season for New Orleans?
Like I said, I don't think this is a big deal when its all said and done. Both options had good arguments. I leaned towards picking up the option, but I can see Dell's logic, and I might even be calling him a genius in February or next July.
But, whether it is with us or not, I do believe Rivers will be a solid NBA player for the next 8-10 years.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Why Dell Demps Should Pick Up Austin Rivers’ Option
@thouse I applauded the idea not to pick up Aminu's option, and detailed why here:
But the situations are not the same for a couple of reasons.
1. Rivers actually showed improvement from year 1 to year 2, so it is reasonable to expect more in year 3. In most categories, Aminu declined from year 1 to 2.
2. The Pelicans actually had cap room opening up that next year, so picking up Aminu's option ate away at possibilities. As I detailed here, the Pels likely won't have cap room whether they pick up Rivers option or decline it.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Why Dell Demps Should Pick Up Austin Rivers’ Option
My best guess is that minutes for SF go:
Tyreke - 28
Babbitt - 12
So, when everyone is healthy, I don't see a problem. Actually, looking around the league, that would give us one of the best SF units in the NBA production wise.
1 month ago on Is Small Forward Really a Problem for the Pelicans?
@OberynStark Ask and ye shall receive. New article up on AD. Looking forward to your feedback.
Oh, and BTW, we have 10 times more downloads on our podcast than clicks on our articles, so you are actually in the vast minority. We love doing both, though.
1 month ago on In the NO Podcast Ep 191: Two Blowouts and Western Conf Preview Part 1
@504ever They need to fit a role. Need to hit spot up three's and Rivers need to be good defensively, while Jimmer has to be not terrible.
Their PER don't matter, their stats in the categories the Pels are not asking them to thrive in don't matter. Knock down open shots, play your role. Steve Kerr's career PER (a stat I know you love) was 13.1. But he was excellent at his role. These guys have a clear role when they are on the court with Tyreke. They need to do that, and only that.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on A Most Intriguing Second Unit
@6thMan I really think Babbitt deserves to be a rotation player, but who do you take minutes away from? Happy to have this problem, as opposed to a lack of depth, though.
@ryanschwan @Michael McNamara Who cares about THEM? I understand novices are all about scoring. I am saying that people who really understand basketball will see that AD is clearly the best player on the court because of all the things he does. He was not the focal point at UK, but I would say he broke out that freshman year and people who understood that the game is about more than points took notice
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Is Anthony Davis going to break out for USA Basketball?
He will be outstanding, but he won't score a bunch. Can still 'break out' without scoring. Maybe casual fans won't understand that he is the best player on the court on a given night, but readers of this blog are smarter than that. AD took the 5th most shots at UK and was the best player in the country. Same thing can happen here. But people have to watch the game, not just the box score.
@Sportnlyfe I love Demarre Carrol as a cost effective 3 and D next summer
4 months ago on Anthony Davis and His Next Contract With the New Orleans Pelicans
@Houpgarou The extension starts when the spike starts in '16. Not when he signs it in '15
@PatWorth Correct. Kyrie's contract will start off based on the projected 66 million dollar cap of next year
@Caffeinedisaster @Michael McNamara Yep. And I am sure Jrue Holiday's numbers would look huge against the 2007 cap. But things evolve. He will basically be making (percentage wise) just a little bit more than what Gordon will make next season.
And I will say he will be well worth that.
@daThRONe You would think so. But from looking around the inter webs, there seemed to be a lot of misinformed people. Hopefully this stops that, or at least decreases it by a large margin
@Caffeinedisaster You might be looking at the numbers within current context. Even at his highest starting salary, he is only making about 27 or 28% of the cap. That is equivalent to 17 or 18 million under this current salary cap. That doesn't handcuff your team. Heck, that is a little more than what Parsons or Hayward are making.
You can still build a very good roster with a player taking up 28% of your cap. Especially if that player is one of the top 2 or 3 in the world, which he should be at that point.
@Zed84 So, is that the only way AD stays in your opinion? Just do the simple task of 'getting Durant"?
@Pelican Poster @Jason Calmes You get min exemptions. Don't have to fit it into your cap.
And Casspi is not on the roster, so remove him. There is your 15
4 months ago on New Orleans Pelicans End Summer League With Loss to Timberwolves
@GerryV Yeah, but if YOU would have had your way, this team would have Asik but no Anderson. Dell stays patient and now he has both. There wasn't one person who didn't want Asik; they just didn't want to part with Ryno. Dell waits a year and now has one of the most impressive and versatile trios in the league.
Patience, my friend. Patience.
4 months ago on New Orleans Pelicans Acquire Omer Asik in Trade
@504ever @Michael McNamara I agree/disagree. I don't think they have to be "good" enough. Just not bad. Just don't mess it up for 20-25 mins a game
4 months ago on New Orleans Pelicans Add Shooters in Salmons, Fredette, and Miller
@504ever @Michael McNamara If Evans is going to play mostly SF, and you have Salmons, Miller, and Babbitt (who has been working to play SF), then I don't see the need for another SF.
That and a kind of built in assumption that Davis will be the same level of rebounder this year. With Asik next to him and weight added, I think he takes another leap on the boards.
4 months ago on Why The New Orleans Pelicans Shouldn’t Play Transition Basketball
To me the Jimmer signing signals that Evans will get the vast amount of his mins at SF, like I projected the other day. Has nothing to do with Rivers. If injuries happen to EG, Jimmer can be moved into the rotation for a few minutes.
A min contract with some upside and no downside. Is not a threat to anybody on the roster
@Nithenz @Michael McNamara @11ADubya11 There is one already up! :)