Big Mamma Jamma wrote:therealdeal wrote:I don't understand why you think Powell is so little value. I just don't understand that.
I know what you are saying : when the opportunity to get better is there, go for it. But this is not the case. Powell has shown (above) that he is a very solid player. A solid 11th man (11th for Christ's sake) and a solid PF.
Again : The Lakers are looking into other bigs why? Because Lamar isn't guaranteed back yet. Therefore there is a need to look at other bigs to fill a void. Do I think Powell is a decent role player? Yes. Is he good enough to play all of Lamar's minutes should he choose to leave? No. Thus the need for another big to help out.
It's not that I don't value Powell, but rather the comments made by Mitch in a supposed article (see my comments about that below) prior to the draft have led me to believe that Mitch is looking to upgrade the PF/C position. In the article Mitch was quoted as saying that the Lakers needed a PG for the future and another big (despite the fact at that time he felt Odom would be re-signed). I will look for the article and if I can't find it, I am either (A) technically deficient and unable to find a single thing on the Interwebz or (B) mental ... that article may have magically appeared in my memory (which has happened before ... I blame my old age for that!)
As for Powell, I think he is a decent role player and have no problems with him. I actually think Powell's stroke is far and away better than LO's, i.e., much more mechanically sound. That's why Powell can come off the bench and hit that jumper without playing much because of his shooting mechanics.
The article did exist, as I read it too. But that still doesn't mean that the Lakers are looking to upgrade Powell at all. Or DJ for that matter (although between the two, DJ would be the one to upgrade).
I think that the Lakers (as with other teams) are always looking to add size. At that point, I can understand you wanting to sign Smith. But my point is that with Lamar on this team, there's really no reason to. If Lamar wasn't on this team, I say go for it. But Buss is proving every penny matters thus far and he isn't willing to keep spending (which is understandable).