Rooscooter wrote:The thought that it was health or system keeping Pau out of the post is not rooted in any reality. In his entire career he's only really operated as a true post player for 2.5 years under Phil in LA. Going all the way back to his Memphis days he's never really liked to play physically in the post. It's been the "book" on him for a decade.
Now that his athleticism is waning he is either unable to operate there or unwilling. Last night was a great example of that. The few times he tried it was embarrassing for him. Bogut is a good position defender but Pau used to be quick enough to get a shot off against a guy that has been ailing for 5 years with one leg injury after another.
What he is at this point is a very good point forward who can rebound and facilitate. His offense will be dependent on who is guarding him IMO. Posting up in MDA's offense is not really required anyway. It's predicated on early 3 point shots and pick and roll in the paint.
I expect him to get around 15 and 10 which is still pretty decent. Leading the team on a nightly basis is beyond what he can do at this point IMO.
Which may be sort of why Kaman might need to play alongside Gasol rather than Williams or Hill.
Kaman has the midrange shot, and he can still post up effectively. Between the two, they work great passing inside. I think it may be the only shot we have with Pau. Kaman took Lee several times yesterday without any resistance. My main point is for the opponent to have to decide to throw the better defender on Kaman rather than Gasol, having Gasol go against the smaller player rather than Kaman. Either way, it'll be an advantage.
Williams hasn't seemed to work with this halfcourt team, and may excel along side Farmar, Meeks, Henry, and Hill in a more open style and spreading the floor.
I would try (with Kobe back):
Nash (18) / Farmar (30)
Kobe (30) / Meeks (10) / Young (8)
Young (20) / Henry (25)
Kaman (20) / Williams (20) / Hill (8)
Pau (25) /Hill (20)
Right now, Johnson and Blake do not cut it for me.