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2 days, 2 hours ago on Report: Sacramento Kings acquire small forward Rudy Gay
@al asifyouknow @SSSDMC15 Do you ever listen when other people post? Do you ever try to have a productive discussion and learn something new? Or are you just here to argue? Because if it's argue I'll just leave you alone to argue with yourself?
YOU brought up past stats as the reason you think Rudy will not be successful in Sacramento. YOU brought up his high usage as the reason you think he will not be successful in Sacramento. Read what I said dude…
"As far as not playing well with others neither does Kobe, or Carmelo, or James Harden, etc. Some players are just wired differently." - http://cowbellkingdom.com/2013/12/08/report-sacramento-kings-acquire-small-forward-rudy-gay/#comments
Where did I say "Rudy Gay WAS Kobe Bryant"?
As far as the stats go. Here are the career stats on those 3 guys:
K. Bryant 19.6 FGA, 45.4 FG %, 33.5 3pt%, 5.3 RB, 25.5 pts
C. Anthony 19.6 FGA 45.5 FG%, 33.2 3pt%, 6.5 RB, 25.0 pt
Rudy Gay 15.5 FGA, 44.7 FG%, 34.4 3pt%, 5.9 RB, 18.0 pts
Do you notice any similarities as far as STATS go? My whole point is stats don't tell the whole story or predict wins or championships or even future success. Some high usage scorers work out but others do not. WE'LL JUST HAVE TO SEE WON'T WE?
2 days, 7 hours ago on Report: Sacramento Kings acquire small forward Rudy Gay
@al asifyouknow @SSSDMC15 Again, I'm not arguing what he did before. I am hopeful that he will be better here in Sacramento than he was in Toronto. If we can get "Memphis Rudy" in a trade for Vasquez and Salmons, I'll take that every day (despite his weaknesses).
As far as "not playing well with others" neither does Kobe, or Carmelo, or James Harden, etc. Some players are just wired differently.
I'm going to wait and watch Rudy play here for a while before delivering a verdict. And I don't mean 3 games. I'm going to give him a good solid chance to show what he can do. Then I'll be glad to discuss the topic again if you'd like.
3 days, 3 hours ago on Report: Sacramento Kings acquire small forward Rudy Gay
@al asifyouknow @SSSDMC15 Neither of us know what we're getting. This is a discussion board. We're both just fans giving our opinions.
1) A lot of people KNEW Monta Ellis would be a terrible fit in Dallas with Dirk. They were wrong. Both players have adapted. A lot of people KNEW Lebron and D Wade would not be able to co-exist on the same team with only one ball. They were wrong. Both players adapted. We don't know but we HOPE Gay will adapt as well (at least I do).
2) I have a hard time believing a player of Rudy Gay's caliber loses all of his skills just because he moves from one city to another. Perhaps there is a chance that the roster change and system change and coaching change had something to do with his diminished stats and less than optimistic attitude?
3) I guess I just don't understand how a true Kings fan could be so quick to trash our players or pronounce them as failures. Even before they've played one game for us. I'm not trying to insult you, but seriously, if it's that hard for you to root for this team perhaps you should pick a different team to cheer for?
3 days, 4 hours ago on Report: Sacramento Kings acquire small forward Rudy Gay
I would love to hear D'Alessando and/or Malone discuss how they fit positionally? At the PF or SF? And their planes on rotations?
3 days, 9 hours ago on Trade analysis: Why the Rudy Gay trade makes sense for the Sacramento Kings
@TABDOG @SSSDMC15 It's a fair point but you're taking extreme cases to use as the basis of your argument.
1) Football is not basketball. They're completely different sports with completely different skill sets. That would be like comparing a baseball catcher to a point guard.
2) Go ahead and list how many unathletic guys currently dominate the NBA. And I'll list how many athletic guys currently dominate the NBA. And we'll see whose list is longer.
3) I'm not claiming DMC, Williams, Gay, McLemore have patience. In fact quite the opposite. They definitely have to learn to play together. On both ends.
4) Statistics change greatly when the shooter is wide open. You give Jimmer a wide open look with nobody on him and his stats are wayyyyy better then pulling up off a pick and roll with a 6'8" SF hand in his face. The same thing goes for Williams, Gay, etc.
5) So you want proven guys with no weaknesses huh? No problem. Just give Kevin Durant's agent a call and work out a trade. I'm sure he'll want to come here.
(Sometimes you gotta take what you can get. And if you don't think Rudy Gay is an upgrade over John Salmons or Patrick Patterson then I can't help you.)
3 days, 10 hours ago on Report: Sacramento Kings acquire small forward Rudy Gay
One thing the analysts are forgetting here…
Today's NBA is all about marketing. Fans come to watch STARS play. Our new front office is slowly but surely attracting potential stars.
But how do we (the Kings) do that since nobody wants to come here?
1) The Draft
2) Trade. And sometimes you can't trade for a star in one step. It takes multiple trades.
You have to acquire guys like Mbah a Moute in order to trade for guys like Derrick Williams. You have to acquire guys like Vasquez and Patterson in order to trade for guys like Gay. Then hopefully one day you can trade for a guy like Kevin Love.
3 days, 11 hours ago on What to make of Rudy Gay?
I think a lot of analysts are looking so heavily at the numbers they are missing the real point here.
The reason why the Kings have been so bad recently is because they've had such BAD PLAYERS. I know that may sound like over-simplying but hear me out...
The Kings roster was filled with players who didn't have the SKILL SETS to compete on the NBA level. They couldn't dribble, they couldn't pass, they couldn't move, they couldn't rebound, they couldn't shoot. And they couldn't prevent other teams from doing those things.
So it didn't matter what coach came in, what system we used, or how fired up our players were. It was like putting you or me on the court. We don't have the talent athletically to beat NBA players.
Now we do. In Cousins, Williams, Gay, McLemore, we finally have some elite talent. As D'alessandro said "We need to get more athletic." All three of these guys have the ability to beat their own defender one on one. Now it's up to the coaching staff to design plays that will let them produce solid statistics by playing together.
We'll see if Cousins shooting % goes up once his double teams start going back out to cover Williams and Gay? We'll see if Gay and Williams can hit their jump shots a little easier with their defenders sagging in to cover Cousins?
That's what the "analysts" are missing here. Basketball is all about CREATING high percentage shots. When your players are able to beat their man one on one it CREATES better shots for themselves and their teammates.
3 days, 20 hours ago on Report: Sacramento Kings acquire small forward Rudy Gay
DeMarcus Cousins - Derrick Williams - Rudy Gay - Ben McLemore - Isaiah Thomas
Merry Christmas Kings!
4 days, 3 hours ago on Report: Sacramento Kings acquire small forward Rudy Gay
@Ken S I kind of feel the same way. I don't care about wins this year (at all). I care about DMC becoming a star. So far in the first 15 games, DMC is averaging 22 points, 10 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 1 block, in only 30 min/game. And that is with defenses doubling him often.
In today's NBA you need a big 3. DMC is Big 1. If we land a top 3 pick this year we will have Big 2. And both of them will be very young, still entering their primes, with Big 2 being relatively inexpensive for the first 5 years. That just leaves a veteran star to complete the puzzle. Isaiah Thomas for Luol Deng? Anybody?
1 week, 3 days ago on CK Press Box Report: Golden State Warriors 115, Sacramento Kings 113
Probably one of the best sports articles I've read this year. In any sport. Thank you James.
I am guilty of giving Petrie a hard time with some of his trades/signings the past few years. I think he set the bar so high in the Kings "Golden Age" that when he started missing (like most GMs do) it made it seem like he had lost his mind to a much greater degree.
I still think he made some very foolish decisions though. Both drafting and FAs. Even I (an amateur fan) knew the welcome back John Salmons signing was a horrific idea from day one.
I like about 50% Pete's moves so far. Love DMC's extension. Love the McLemore draft pick. Like that we didn't extend Tyreke, although I wish we would've traded him back when his value/potential was higher. I think I like the Williams signing, I just wish we traded a different player(s) to get him. I really do not like the Carl Landry signing. If you want to test him out for a year with a team option for a second year, great. But 4 years at $7 million per? Are you f-ing kidding me?
1 week, 3 days ago on Sunday Musings: Pete D’Alessandro begins writing his Sacramento Kings story
@al asifyouknow @SSSDMC15 Agree to disagree. I think he's improving (although he obviously still has a ways to go).
I'm seeing more hustle. Less technicals and whining. At least so far.
1 week, 6 days ago on Sacramento Kings looking two steps ahead with trade for Derrick Williams
Excellent article Jonathan. Thank you.
I think the key point to glean from this trade is…
The Kings new management are not trying to dictate Williams' long term future based on what they've seen in his first two seasons (in a slightly dysfunctional franchise). They're going to give him a chance to grow and develop and IMPROVE. They are not looking at what he IS but what he can possibly BECOME.
Remember Chris Webber in Washington? He was a terrible free throw shooter (55%) and didn't have a good mid range jump shot, right? Then he moved to Sacramento and somehow shoots 75% from the stripe and magically develops into an elite jump shooter. How did that happen? He worked hard and IMPROVED.
Look at DeMarcus Cousins. Terrible defender? Lazy? Attitude problem? Yet in only 6 short months, this new management has helped him display major strides in personal effort and team leadership, and he's even showing signs of good defense.
The Timberwolves say "Williams can't play the 3". Who cares what the Timberwolves think? They are the ones who drafted him #2 overall then traded him away, so obviously they were wrong once? Maybe with a little support and a better offensive system he returns to his 59% FG that he shot his last 2 years at Arizona?
I'm not proclaiming whether Williams will be a star or a bust. But I am saying he has very clear upside. Something that cannot be said about Salmons or Mbah a Moute. I like this trade because it at least gives us a chance to acquire better talent. Just like drafting Ben McLemore. Keep bringing in upside players and sooner or later you're going to strike gold. (ex. Paul George).
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Sacramento Kings looking two steps ahead with trade for Derrick Williams
I am willing to give Derrick Williams a chance before I judge. I believe he will be able to score around the basket better than Thompson or Patterson. And that alone creates more shots for our perimeter guys. I believe he has great upside on defense. And if his jump shot improves he will offer solid value.
I just feel like the better trade is to ship one of our PG's to Chicago (along with whatever else it takes) to get Luol Deng. Deng is very similar to Iguodala. Great defender. Savvy veteran. Even keeled emotionally. And can score when called upon but doesn't need a ton of touches.
The Bulls are in an awkward situation right now. Deng's contract extension is coming due and I don't know that they are willing to pay what it takes to keep him (especially if Rose is going to be a different player once he returns). They may be intrigued by IT who can at least score some points?
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Sacramento Kings acquire Derrick Williams from Minnesota Timberwolves for Luc Mbah a Moute
By next year DMC will be the best all around big man in the game.
With this new system he will average 25 points and 10 rebounds per game. But he is also playing some defense now, blocking shots (without fouling) and using his quick hands to deflect passes and get steals.
He has improved his low post moves this off season and he's now beating legitimate shot blockers with quickness and angles. That opens up his 15 foot jumper which also looks smooth. He moves and dribbles like a power forward which makes him a very difficult match up. And he's got awareness in the passing game, willing to dish the assist when he's open.
Our main problem is not DMC's emotions. It's finding talent to put around him.
1 month, 1 week ago on Sunday Musings: The evolving DeMarcus Cousins
@DrJ22 A fair post. I would suggest an alternate view on this issue though...
"To insinuate Jimmer has not seen time on the court for any reason other than ability is ridiculous"
Many times, coaches or teammates dislike a certain player for personal reasons. I have a friend (who was roommates with Jimmer at BYU) who told me of a direct conversation he had with Jimmer in which he described specific instances of jealously among teammates. They hated the hype and fan love Jimmer was receiving, and the fact he has a (rightfully) clean image, and intentionally excluded him from designed "Jimmer plays" during actual games. He also told me about discussions other players had with Coach Smart that revealed his deep personal disdain for Jimmer.
Also, I think it became obvious fairly quickly that IT was a better all around point guard than Jimmer. The question to me has always been why not play Jimmer more at shooting guard? If overall ability is the sole reason to start Thorton over Jimmer, then I believe that argument is flawed. In my opinion Thorton is an equally poor defender. JImmer has a better cross over and short area quickness. Jimmer is a better 3 point shooter than Thorton. And Jimmer is a better free throw shooter than Thorton. So what "ability" does Thorton have that makes him a clear starter over Jimmer?
I believe salary has a lot to do with it . When you're paying somebody $8 million per year for the next 3 years (guaranteed), you're not going to sit him on the bench unless he's clearly detrimental to the team. That would crush his stats and reduces his trade value. (I believe the same type of thinking is what has kept Salmons on the court).
Finally, I think veteran experience is the main reason Jimmer has not seen action over Thorton. Coach Smart had to try and win now to save his job. He could not afford to wait for Jimmer to develop. With every mistake Jimmer made, other people around the league would question Smart's decision making. You make the safe bet. Play the higher salary veteran guy. And then in your next job interview you can explain yourself easier.
Those are some of the other reasons I believe Jimmer did not get a chance here. Besides ability.
1 month, 1 week ago on Sacramento Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro explains Jimmer Fredette decision
@Dima2k @SSSDMC15 @silverdog Okay. That makes more sense. Good post.
@Dima2k @silverdog I'm just curious as to why you want so badly to get rid of a guy who shoots 42% from the 3 point line?
Is it because he's a poor defender? Because there are a lot of guys on this roster who are poor defenders and I don't see you calling for them to be cut/traded?
Are you rooting for him to fail just to say you were right? I don't get that type of thinking or attitude?
Even our Kings management agonized over this decision. The people who own and run the team say the sample size on Jimmer is too small to really know if this is a good decision. And yet you seem to know more than them when it comes to Jimmer's future.
I agree there is an argument to be made to start Jimmer over Thorton at SG. I am in no way excusing Jimmer's weaknesses. I admit he is turnover prone and a defensive liability. Here is my point...
We know what we have in Thorton. A decent shooter. A decent scorer. A decent passer. A below average defender. We don't know what we have in Jimmer yet. The pro-Jimmer fans don't know. The anti-Jimmer fans don't know. It is all speculation.
If we start Jimmer and he sucks... Fine... He's gone. Worst case scenarion, maybe we lose an extra game or two because of him and get a better draft pick. There's not really a negative.
If we start Jimmer and he lights it up... Even better. Now we have options. Keep him at a reasonable price? Or trade him when his value is up?
And, you're right, Jimmer's defense is not that much worse than Thorton's defense.
1 month, 1 week ago on Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 117: Deuce Mason on Sacramento Kings season opener, Jimmer Fredette
@MichaelEveringham @braineater000 @silverdog But we give $3 million to the great Travis Outlaw. And $5 million to the great Chuck Hayes.
1 month, 1 week ago on Sacramento Kings decide not to pick up the fourth year option on Jimmer Fredette