Rooscooter wrote:^^Do you remember the last few stretches Ebanks played? He was out of position constantly, turned the ball over and was not getting back in transition defense.
There is a lot to "offense" that doesn't include scoring.... like spacing, remembering who it responsible for transition coverage and knowing where to rotate the ball etc. Ebanks is completely clueless in all of the above. He may hit a shot from time to time but so does MWP. One knows how to play and one clearly doesn't.
We don't win the Portland game if Ebanks is playing down the stretch in that game.... plain an simple.
I don't think he was that terrible.. Some of the blame for him being confused and "clueless" as you say has to be assigned to Mike Brown, who was incredibly inconsistent in his player rotations plus he was trying to install an apparently VERY confusing offensive system..
He was decent in the playoffs against OKC, made some nice plays displaying his athleticism.
MWP "spaces" the floor because everyone plays off him on D, the opposition wants him to shoot, they know just how inconsistent his shot is. His decision making on O isn't good either, particulary his shot selection.
Kobe used to defend Ebanks quite a bit, saying he was a hard worker and that he would be able to contribute. I don't think Kobe would randomly name Ebanks, he must've recognized that he had some potential and that the kid could play. He wasn't terrible on D either, had some nice games on that end, particulary one against OKC where he really played Durant well.
I feel the perception of Ebanks' ability has been affected by him not playing, people forget that he was helpful in some games and that he did show promise (not saying this is you, talking in general)
Not saying I wish he was playing instead of MWP btw. MWP is obviously a better choice than Ebanks, I'm just not sure I'd say Ebanks was "just as bad" on offense as MWP has been recently. MWP's effort and D is what makes the difference, but his production on O has been atrocious in these last 25 or so games.