Originally Posted by lakerfreak
There is a difference, in my humble opinion, between someone who gets hot in games, and someone who takes over completely. When Kobe is taking over for example, he controls the tempo of the lakers, as well as the other team.
When Smush or Sasha hit 4-5 shots in a row, it does not necessarily mean to me that they took over the game. See my point? Your point about Drew Gooden helps me a lot, because he is a proven player. He's lasted in the league. He gets a double double without coaches drawing plays for him.
I do think that someone who has lasted in the league, has lasted for a good reason. It means they are proven to be useful. Kapono has one of the greatest 3 point percentages in NBA history. He's a proven shooter. Troy Murphy is a proven veteran who has played on some pretty damn good teams in his career, with him being one of the best players.
Ok, I'll give you Troy Murphy.....I've always liked his game and wanted him here for years.....but he's clearly past his prime. Kapono......Nah....no way
he's a niche guy...those can last in the league much longer without doing much as long as they don't make waves or upset anyone. Kapono has only started 87 games in his 9 year career. Kapono has played in only 10 playoff games.
Mc Roberts.....proven??? I like the guy and feel he should get a lot more minutes on a consistent basis.....as in every game, but proven
Guy's you call proven, I would call "Functional" at best.
How about this fact for you......Luke Walton is also in his 9th season, just like Kapono........but Luke has actually started in 138 games!!!! Proven.....hell no.
As for Sasha and Smush.....there were games that were close and they got hot to put the game away.....along with making key defensive plays.