Doc Brown wrote:I don't know the stats either way for PG or SG. But Barbosa played all of his minutes at SG last season, his role wasn't to be the PG, it was to score. To be fair in this argument IMO, you need to look back at the Suns days when Barbosa played PG.
It could be that he was actually worse or better. I don't know, just pointing out that Barbosa didn't play PG last year, so those stats you can't really compare.
The problem with that is the offense for the Suns was inflated, especially for role players like Barbosa. But I'll take out his Phoenix seasons here:
- his best season ever was 06-07 where he averaged 18 pts/2.7 rbnds/4.0 asts. His ast/to ratio was 2.22 still not great, but at least over 2 assists per turnover. If he played this well getting about 20 min. a game (Nash gets at least 30) he'd average 11/1.7/2.5 with 1.1 turnovers. Not terrible and remarkably similar to his numbers with Indiana (9/2.2/1.5 with 1.2 turnovers). Given he was more of a PG in Phoenix and more of a SG in Indiana, the differences make sense. The key difference is that he shot much better from the field in Phoenix.
- his totals in Phoenix were 1208 assists and 698 turnovers good for a 1.73 assist to turnover ratio.
He's just not a good PG. He's a SG with the size and speed of a PG. I think he'd be a good fit if we didn't have Meeks, but I don't have faith in his ability to move the ball. If he was brought here for depth, I'm all for it. Barbosa for the minimum is a great pickup, but I just don't understand why people think he could replace Blake as the backup PG and do a better job of distributing. He'd be a better scorer, but not a better passer. We have shooters/scorers now on the bench in Meeks and Jamison so who passes the ball?