therealdeal wrote:I simply disagree. Any team in the league would love having a guy like Jordan Hill who has been fantastic for us even with his dificencies as a player. Jodie Meeks can and has started in this league. Blake may be a shell of his former self, but he showed early this season he's a decent backup PG. Ebanks has talent. Duhon is a vet.
And Jamison is a very good player. JUST LAST SEASON the guy was putting up 17 points per game. Not necessarily efficiently, but certainly the number is significant. You can't possibly tell me he's not talented or able. The guy is doing nothing out there, and that can't be coincidence after seeing McRoberts get the same treatment last season.
Brown simply does not understand rotations. He doesn't understand them and it's hurting not only bench production, but psyche.
+1. Exactly what I'm seeing and saw last year as well. The rotations are just terrible. Before shortchanging the bench guys you have to point the finger at Brown for the lineups. Jamison is not a garbage player. He's getting long in the tooth, no doubt. And he's never been that efficient a scorer. But he's being played at the 3 which he doesn't want - a position that he's not effective at and hasn't played in years. He's too old to be guarding opposing threes on a regular basis. And on offense he's used to using his smaller size to advantage against bigger 4s who can't guard him. It's kind of a shame.
Blake has been ok, as far as I can see, some people say he's improved but I still see inconsistency. I would love it if we could replace him with a more aggressive backup PG. But he's still somewhat serviceable.
Duhon looked good in preseason and regular season minutes for the most part when he could get them. But instead Brown is playing Morris, who looks awful. That makes no sense. Go with experience and under control play right now when the bench is struggling. Why is he putting in a guy who is a spazz when he's dribbling and doesn't set anyone up? Duhon does a good job of controlling tempo and getting guys looks out there. We need stability and consistency not chaos out there which is what he's getting out of Morris. But he insists on playing Morris. Brown is hanging himself with his own rope right now.
Playing Ebanks at the 2 so far has been terrible. And anyone with eyes would know that it wasn't going to work. This all stems from Brown's stubbornness about playing Jamison at the 3 instead of the 4. Then everyone else has to change positions, too. Ebanks is a natural 3 with some good man on man defensive skills but he's not effective at the 2. He's not a "shooter." Yes, he can hit the mid-range well and supposedly has improved his 3, but I don't think scoring is his strongest suit. He's always been more of a defensive player and we need one of those to backup MWP, who will certainly find himself in foul trouble against guys like Durant and Lebron. Can Devin check Lebron? No. But he could do a heck of a better job than Jamison at 35 years old!!! And then of course Durant - Ebanks is a good match for him with his "length." Brown is throwing that out as a reason to play him at 2, but it's just nonsensical. It's not doing Devin any favors as he's not going to be a 2 any place in his career. He needs to be developed now as a 3. This is our only shot to develop him as he's on a one year contract.
That leaves Jodie Meeks completely out in the cold. He's this year's GLOCK, only at least GLOCK got to play for the first half of the season. Meeks is already on the outs with Brown and we're only 5 games in. The guy is a CAPABLE SG. He has been a starter. He's one of the highest percentage shooting guards from distance in the league. The guy can SHOOT!! Don't we need that? Not only will Brown not put him ever with the starters - which is some place he could be very useful for short stretches, but he won't even let him play off the bench. I feel bad for him and for us because he do some good out there.
Hill of course was really good for us last year and looks like he will continue to be. He's not a highly skilled player, but his hustle is invaluable and you need that for your bench. Hill can back up at the 5 if needed, although with Dwight and Pau there probably isn't a lot of need for that. But he really should be splitting minutes at the 4 with Jamison. That four big rotation could be really good.
It's all about using what you have in a way that makes sense. And Brown has never been able to do so. At this point, it's becoming the most infuriating thing about him, because you can see the starters play hard and generate leads, only to have everything come crashing down with terrible bench rotations that don't work at all.