wallangong wrote:L4L wrote:wallangong wrote:i've seen you mention this a number of times: where does this news come from about Smith having a better work ethic? please don't just say because Odom doesn't go right and his jump shot. is there any sort of evidence ANYWHERE to suggest he has a better work ethic?
Per 36 so it isn't an increase in playing time. He has improved his game every season.
Smith has continually added moves and abilities to his repertoire and it has manifested itself in the statistics.
Odom, on the other hand, outside of a better understanding of his role and the extent of his abilities in the NBA, is a very similar player to when he first came in the league.
this correlates to his work ethic, but doesn't prove anything regarding their work ethic. Smith has a much higher ceiling than LO, isn't it possible he just plateaued? and consider he hasn't been able to refine his game in the past 2 offseasons, it's a little misleading to think that PER stats tell you who works harder than the other. some people have a natural touch and instinct for the game. Smith has much better instincts on D and his athleticism is unquestioned.
Jason Kidd is one of the worst shooting Guards in the league, does that mean he hasn't worked on his shot?
i love Smith's game and i'd probably do the trade, i would just like to see actual accounts from observers before i compare the work ethic of a guy who's leveled off and another who has a questionable attitude. just MHO.
I don't think LO has plateued. He has been the same player since his rookie year. If he really wanted to improve his jump shot and right hand, he could. He doesn't work at it. I know just from the limited basketball that I have played that the more shots I take, the more often they start going in. I know the more I dribble with my left, the more comfortable I get with it. These are things that can be worked on. Granted, some people are just naturally better jum shooters, but we're not asking Odom to become a premier jump shooter. Just adequate. 35-37% from downtown and 40-43% on his midrange jumpers would be MORE than sufficient. We're not asking for Glen Rice type shooting.
Something to keep in mind as well is Smith is close to Bynum's age. If we can lock up two young studs, we will be able to reload once Kobe/Gasol retire instead of having to completely rebuild around Bynum.