Lakerjones wrote:I thought Kaman played really well tonight aside from those few travel calls on him (but I'm not sure I've ever seen so many travel calls in one game, honestly). Liked what I saw from him. No way should he have been in the doghouse so long. Or even at all.
The problem is Pau.
If Pau played like a 19 million dollar player, we wouldn't complain about seeing Kaman on the bench because we'd get that production that we need. But with Pau playing so poorly and so inconsistently, he really hurts having a good option ride the pine. Unfortunately... Pau makes 19 million dollars. We can't afford to just have him sit on the bench. We need him to play so we can try to get someone to bite on a trade or try to get production out of him.
Our team is crowded with role players. We need a couple stars. Until then guys like Kaman are going to lose minutes.
I'll have to disagree with you realdeal. To me the obvious problem is exactly what I stated - it's D' Antoni's doghouse and really, Williams.
Don't get me wrong - Shawne Williams is a good story, a nice second chance. On paper he looked like a great fit, and obviously D' Antoni really likes him as he invited him here and continues to play him.
He has a nice outside shooting form, but mostly I see him rushing his shots, not setting his feet like he did in pre-season where he looked a LOT better all around.
I just don't think Williams deserves any minutes at this point. I've seen him out there and most of the time he's incredibly ineffective. It's like long stretches go by like last night or against Miami where he just makes absolutely NO impact at all.
Honestly, I feel like Williams is our least valuable/effective big man. He doesn't deserve any of Hill's minutes or Kaman's minutes for sure. Hardly any of Pau's minutes, who even when not playing his best out there is still a viable offensive player. At this point I really feel that both Sacre and Kelley are bringing more than Williams.
I just see Williams as kind of a big nothing out there now. I don't know what his +/- is, but it really can't be good. Not from the eye test. He gets burned on defense regularly now, and his shooting is garbage, too. His rebounding was never anything to write home about.
He'd be our last big to get off the bench in my world. But D' Antoni is really stuck on him and will play him over Hill at times and definitely most of the time over Kaman.