BDG wrote:Awesome to see Xavier continue his play in an actual regular season game. He's great.
Two things ...
1) Teams are gonna start adjusting to him (i.e. seeing that he like to drive to his left, seeing other habits that he has when they have enough tape to scout him). The true test is to see how he overcomes this and how consistent he'll be. Regardless, it's absolutely great to find a player like him in training camp. I really love his game. He seems to generally make smart decisions so far too.
2) I do think I prefer him coming off the bench in a "Ginobili" type of role. I think it's probably better for him and the team. He can close games out with the rest of the starters if he's feeling it that night.
1) LO went to his left all the time. Teams knew about it for years and did nothing to stop him. That includes the postseason, when the games actually mattered. I'm not saying Xavier is LO, because LO was a way better ball-handler, but just to say that most NBA defenders don't defend left-handers that well despite knowing that the player is left-handed. I don't think it's going to be as big as liability as you think it will.
2) On most teams, I think Xavier would be nice as a bench scorer. But on this team, our perimeter defense desperately needs him as a starter. We've got plenty of 6th man candidates.
Agreed. In this system you have two guys playing the three only - it's Young and Henry. So when Kobe comes back you have to ask yourself who do I want to play starting SF? To me it's very simple. Young is a bench scorer. That's what he's good at. So put him there.
On top of that you have this kid who is more talented than Young, really, as an all around player. He's got nothing but upside right now. So do the thing that we haven't been doing and need to do - develop him. And if you are developing him to be a starting level SF, then give him minutes as a starter. Not sure what's so controversial about that idea.
You want to teach a kid how to drive? Let him drive. Right? If you are training Henry to be a bench guy forever sure, keep him on the bench. But if you are trying to develop him to play a starting position -one that is currently empty - then do it.
This is all a little premature as Kobe's not back yet, of course. Until then keep Young as a starter as he has more experience, and play the bench more minutes!
Also to the person who said that they thought Young's contract demand was that he starts, I don't think that's possible. To my knowledge starting and playing time have always been at the discretion of the coach, not the demands of the player.