kaman can pick and roll and hit the mid range jump shot and excels in horns and won't undermine D'antoni by refusing to ru pick and roll with Nash or Kobe.
Kaman also hasn't played close to a full season in years, and is a poor defensive player
Young can do what D'antoni asked Joe Johnson to do in his year and occasionally can find his own shot, as well as push pace and finish strong at the rim.
Young isn't even close to the type of player Johnson was and that was a totally different team and roster make up
Wes Johnson can be a 3 and D guy.
Wes Johnson has always been a horrible defensive player. He came out of a college system that ran zone all day long. See Carmelo Anthony.
Shawne Williams excelled in D'antoni's system as the stretch 4.
Don't know if you can call 7ppg a game excelling but he was a decent role player.
Blake was wonderful last year in that system.
Blake wonderful? Or did he just not suck?
Steve Nash is Steve Nash.
Nash is also 40 and couldn't defend the worst PG in the game at this point, also can't play big minutes so thats a downside
Farmar can push the pace, and improved significantly in europe on the defensive as well as pick and roll side. Not to mention is a better shooter than Lin and possibly at this point a better pick and roll point guard after his string in Europe.
He improved his D based on what? Playing against lesser talents?
In all honesty is there anything Lin could do in that system that Farmar can't? Is the talent THAT far apart?
Lin was overhyped as hell but he at least put up a stretch that we'd never see Farmar duplicate. Lin is better period.
Kaman's injury last year was concussion.
And he played the lockout season for the most part relatively healthy.
Not worried on that front. Kaman is fine as a rim protector and that's what he'd be, I don't expect him to chase down people.
Johnson wasn't thought to contribute anything special to that phoenix team when they got him.
When he got there people didn't expect him to have the season he did and he was a 5 ppg guy that barely could shoot over 40 percent.
Once in that system he shot 46% from the field and 47% from three. 36% from three had been his best percentage up until that point and that was in a year he shot 38% from the field.
There's nothing Joe Johnson could do back then that Nick Young can't do either.
Wes Johnson's job would be as a 3 and D guy, that's pretty much it and it's something he's gonna have to do well at if he's going to keep his spot in the rotation. it's something he'll work on, I don't expect him to be Ariza, but I'd assume if the second half of the season last year progress is any indication, he can at least duplicate what Clark did at the 3, maybe not on the defensive or rebounding end to that extent but offensively he shouldn't have an issue
He's a wild card but he's the kind of guy D'antoni likes.
And yes Blake excelled in that system last year because it was a system that took advantages of his strengths and if it was not for Blake's play especially with Meeks' inconsistency we likely don't make the playoffs. Blake pretty much took Meeks spot. That is saying something. So Blake had his best year as a Laker as predicted and he excelled in D'antoni's system cause it's a system that uses his strengths and thus he played well not to mention being in the top 10 in three point shooting before falling to 11th or 14th near the end of the season. That's production beyond 'just not sucking'.
Nash doesn't have to play big minutes. He has Blake and Farmar backing him up. That's the point.
And Farmar improved his D because his euro coach made him focus on it, run drills on it and become a better iso defender in general. We can talk about the competition but the fact of the matter is his coach made him FOCUS primarily on it, and when you focus on it you improve it.
Goudelock went into the d-league last year not making anyone's rotation, he spent months in the d-league against 'lesser opposition' but they had him train to be a combo guard and improve his game. When he came in to the playoffs with us he was a different player and Parker nor Ginobli could stop him. He wasn't the same guy. But he was playing against D-league competition.. or "lesser" as you call it, but didn't matter, having to focus on aspects of his game that he had to implement night in and night out made him a better player and Farmar is a better player now than he was then. Pick and Roll wise and Defensive wise. Doesn't matter the competition, what matters is the fact he had to implement it the entire time over there as well as work on it every day. You get better doing that no matter who you're playing against. He's a better player now.
Lin isn't ever gonna duplicate that stretch either.
But Farmar is the better shooter and likely a better pick and roll point guard and defender at this point. Lin is the better scorer.
So we'll see how big the 'gap' is between them this year.
I expect Farmar to excel in this offense for many of the same reasons I felt Blake would once D'antoni was named coach.
It goes right into his alley, and he gets to push pace more and it takes advantage of his strengths and allows him to actually run a team when the bench is out there. So it's the best situation for a point guard like him.
Yes, D'antoni got the lineup he wanted.