You're the one who posted statistics from ONE GAME as if that proves something contrary to what I've been saying for many years now.
At the PF/C positions? Yes, I'd rather those guys "play defense" than Pau Gasol. Pau doesn't do anything on defense; he's just tall and lanky...but slow, soft, nonathletic, no defensive-intensity...he's a matador. Point guards drive into him and finish easily.
What kind of statistic can I show you of Kenneth Fareid abusing Pau Gasol? You didn't see that series?
What kind of statistic can I show you of Carl Landry abusing Pau Gasol? You didn't see that series?
Is there a soft/flopping statistic that I can show you? I've watched virtually every second of this guy's play since he's come to LA...his softness is so obvious. He can get backed down easily, he has slow feet and poor lateral movement. Poor defensive awareness. Dude gets bullied on the defensive side of the ball; I mean it's just the worse display of defense I've ever seen.
Those are not serviceable numbers. Are you serious? Those are numbers that lose your team games. There are perimeter players who shoot better percentages than he does. Dude is right there near the basket and he's clanking 'em. Or he's settling for those ugly jumpers (whereby he doesn't have to worry about getting physical).
What have you seen that could possibly make you believe that this guy would play better on another team? Same basket, same court, same opponents.
His offense isn't elite and hasn't been for quite some time. Pau needs to worry about being average on defense before he could ever consider being elite.
Yes, I did post those stats from one game. I've stated numerous times that Pau will have elite games but he won't be able to sustain them. I won't be surprised if he starts producing triple doubles in a row. Will that mean he's an elite center? No, but he's not an awful player.
I'm not sure why you'd rather have those play defense but alright. Although defensive rebounds have been one of our weaknesses, Pau's 9th out of all the centers this year. He's ahead of Joakim Noah, Marc Gasol, Chris Bosh, Tyson Chandler, Roy Hibbert, etc.
Once again, Pau was NEVER known for his defense. His offensive game used to be so elite that it clouded over his defensive deficiencies.
Yes, those are serviceable numbers and Pau is a serviceable player. He can draw double teams and effectively create plays for others. Notice how terrible our 3P% was those games Pau was out? You're setting too high of a standard for Pau. He will be 34 years old soon. There aren't many centers that play at that age. At his age and this stage of his career, yes he is a serviceable center.
There is more to basketball than the tangible aspects. He'll be able to play free from trade rumors. He won't become defensive player of the year but he has the ability to produce 17/10 on 50%+ shooting on another team.
Edited by Clutch Factor, January 04, 2014 - 02:51 PM.