thisbjgz wrote:Okafor is not at all really a slow big. He has great size and can run the floor, he's a little injury prone sure, but I think if he does come to LA he would come off the bench to play maybe 12-16 minutes, perfect for this point of his career. Can play PF(his normal position IMO, and can also play the C) He's a mini mini Horford IMO.
@ Okafor in this system.
He is not at all like Horford. Al Horford is a PF masquerading as a C in the small East. Horford loves to play the David West-style 18-footer game, while Okafor parks himself in the low post.
Trust me... I have been following Okafor since he was drafted. I'm the wise guy who told my friends that the Magic will regret drafting Howard over Okafor back in 2004.
He is a smart, defensive big who can rebound. That's about it. He has heavy feet, he's slow, injury prone and does not have much of an offensive game. When he was drafted, critics projected him to be a better version of Buck Williams. I don't even think he's reached those expectations.
In his 2nd season (2006 I believe?), Okafor worked with Hakeem Olajuwon to try and develop his post game.... yes, long before Stoudemire, LeBron or even Kobe. Okafor could not handle the footwork sequences and apparently would be found on the FLOOR after tripping on his own feet.
He's a great guy, but no thank you. Okafor has Phil-Jackson-Guy written all over him: smart, prides himself in defense/rebounding, and likes to read. But for D'Antoni? He'll be riding the pine. He is FAR less useful than Pau in this system.
And Ariza can't shoot, I hate to break it to ya. Like khmrP said, Ariza never had a shooting touch to begin with, he just got hot at the right time, and he cashed in on it. I'm all for a homecoming, Ariza + MDA is an interesting thought - but if it costs Pau, no thank you. Pau can fetch us far more than that.
"that is greatness right there, you can't stop greatness" - Charles Barkley on Kobe Bryant, 2010 WCFs