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@Webster81 I still dislike Perk. I might update that opinion if our defense immediately goes back to elite with him in the lineup, but evidence so far would suggest that isn't going to be the case. The current defensive issues seem more focused on our complete destruction from the perimeter. That's Thabo's main role, and I haven't had a problem with him.
Though I suppose this could really speak to intangibles, which would only create more concerns with me. This year, Perkins' on the court has done little for our defense. If his intangible leadership of defense is the difference between the Thunder being elite or dead last, that's a huge indictment of our coaching. Then again, if it is the case, as the front office I would ask Perk to retire as a player and immediately become our assistant coach (defense only) with a starting salary that is the same as the last year of his contract. Basically, amnestying him without losing whatever value he provides.
9 hours, 11 minutes ago on Thunder defile themselves, falling 114-110 to the Lakers
So at what point do we get to start worrying about the team defense? If this is how the guys are going to play, I'll actually be glad when Perkins is back.
3 days, 19 hours ago on Thunder vs. Suns: Pregame Primer
@Durants Shimmy He'll get the Fisher treatment if he plays a lot.
6 days, 1 hour ago on Tuesday Bolts – 3.4.14
@Turfright He had the best game of the season and arguably of the last few years. I don't see any issue with him getting kudos for that.
@FunakiEjectsAnother @Turfright @35 4 MVP @OkcBaby What do you think will be greater, Young's point total or the end game margin?
@TempBoy Brandon The media and public are generally much slower to recognize change than reality. Most any player of notoriety gets an artificial bump in perception for years after their decline.
1 week, 3 days ago on What does adding Caron Butler mean?
@okcjim Butler isn't very good on offense himself anymore. He's pretty good from the corners, but also makes poor decisions in terms of not understanding his limitations. Basically, he's Fisher when we first got him, which was more of an anchor than a boost.
@Sigmund @Keith00 Doesn't that make this move completely pointless? Signing Caron to be a bench player during the regular season instead of continuing Jones' development? And then not even playing Caron in the playoffs when theoretically his experience might have more value? Why not just sign no one? It's not like Caron Butler was going to be the x-factor in a Thunder-Heat finals.
@f5alcon @Keith00 Do we send him to the D-league now? It doesn't do us (or him) any good to leave him on the bench every game.
Like nearly all buyout pickups, this probably doesn't move the needle at all. He's not very good as a player, but might have some value in small minutes in the playoffs. Really, asking if he's better than Thabo is silly, since Thabo is a very good defender. The real question is whether he's better than PJ3. Offensively they are pretty even - Butler is a little more skilled but more prone to bad decisions (specifically the decision to try and do something himself). Defensively I'm not sure.
Really, is Caron Butler right now better than the Perry Jones we could see by the playoffs? Honestly, I don't think so. I'd rather just play Perry than sign Caron. Brooks' reliance on poor producing vets is a very notable point. Perry has a future here, Caron doesn't.
@FunakiEjectsAnother Honestly, I'm feeling the over, at about 20 minutes. I think Brooks forces the starting lineup a little bit so that Russ is more comfortable with the guys around him. So Perk plays the first 10 minutes of each half, switches out with Russ and then doesn't return in the 2nd or 4th quarters.
It could also help deflect some criticism if Russ is rusty.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Six questions about Russell Westbrook’s return
@Benedict Carrot What else were they going to get for Turner? He can't shoot, uses a ton of possessions poorly, and isn't a great defender. At least Granger might be able to shoot if he ever gets healthy.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on The Side Part: Week 17 – The Monster
@Loud City Jimmy @Keith00 There look to still be options that keep us out of the tax, but I agree the contract makes it especially difficult. We would essentially be guaranteeing Lamb a spot on the bench throughout his rookie contract too.
Does anyone think we are considering Afflalo?
@[brooks' fault] @Keith00 The difference with Thabo is that he was always a great defender, that's 99% of the reason we went after him. Shumpert is a better defender than most Knicks, but what does that even say?
If Presti thinks he can be a lot better in a new situation, cool, I tend to trust Presti. But I just don't see the evidence of it. If he's going to score like Pre-Thunder Thabo, he needs to defend like Thabo, and I just don't think that is the case.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Thunder offering first round pick for Iman Shumpert?
@Loud City Jimmy @Keith00 I don't think the 30th pick is actually going to produce much value. History would suggest it won't. But teams are really beginning to overvalue anything that says first round. I think if we intended to trade picks, we could do better than Shumpert. I would rather stand pat and deal on draft day than have Shumpert who may never play a meaningful minute.
@enshug @Keith00 The sports writers probably know he's not going to fetch a first round pick. They also know that not anyone on the Knicks but Chandler even tries to play defense. Shumpert is a likable guy, but what endears him to people that follow the Knicks doesn't have as much value as they might hope.
@[brooks' fault] Or we could just pick up another SG with that low first rounder. RFA rights on bad players don't really mean anything. We likely wouldn't match on anything even approaching the MLE.
@Loud City Jimmy @Keith00 Afflalo probably. His contract makes it difficult to see, but he's on the market and at least good enough.
But I don't think we need to trade. Trading a first rounder just to trade seems silly. I think we'd get just as much out of the 30th pick year as Shumpert. I understand you disagree, and I could understand why. But unless he starts playing a lot better, he's a deep bench player.
@enshug It doesn't, Knicks fans think he's worth Kenneth Faried and that if he stays he'll become the next Scottie Pippen.