Originally Posted by $LakerGold
2000 era, in a loaded team, do you think prime Shawn Marion & Josh Smith will make a great team?
Marion at 3 & Josh at 4 down low in the post, I know there's a lot of cons with that, but what if that's the hand you were being dealt with? Just go along. lol
And switch it around on the defensive end. Josh will probably get abused in a weekly basis or the other way around if the team can up his D. That flexibility. I had high hopes for Josh, really.
It will depend how loaded they are. Those 2 are not leading to deep playoff runs. They have proven to be 3rd option players on good teams. Marion had incredible stats, was extremely versatile and a 2 way guy. But he is limited on creating shots for himself along with Smith. So offensively they would need help and need a few guys who can create. Defensively, they are a very versatile duo, they could cause issues for a lot of perimeter players.
You are right smith would struggle on strong 4's, but if you pair him with a good defensive center, that helps. Overall, I think you need a really good supporting cast if these 2 are the top players. They would be fun to watch with the right personnel