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Old 09-03-2006, 11:47 PM   #1
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Default Who is better, Al Jefferson or Kendrick Perkins?

When both are healthy, that is.

I assume the popular answer is Jefferson.

But Perkins got in shape nicely lastyear and showed some stuff
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Old 09-03-2006, 11:49 PM   #2
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Yes, Perkins did get into shape, and is starting to look better each season. But i got to go with Jefferson on this one. He's going to be a good player soon along with Green, Telfair and West.
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Old 09-04-2006, 12:41 AM   #3
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Al Jefferson and Kendrick Perkins are different players. Jefferson is a gifted offensive player whereas Perkins is a gifted defensive player. Jefferson excels on offense because he is everywhere on that end. He always keeps his defender(s) guessing which makes him fun to watch. You will not see Perkins doing the same moves because he isn't as mobile as Jefferson. He is really working hard on his offense and I really think he'll be a good player in this league. He is just needs playing time to show off all his work which he will get this upcoming season. Perkins defense is the strongest part of his game. He has great instincts on defense and whenever I watch him I think he is a great off the ball defender and an "ok" one on one defender. When he gets his minutes, this is what you will see in the box score...rebounds, blocks, points and more rebounds.

To answer the question, who is better when healthy, Perk or Al? Right now I would have to say Perkins. He is a good player on both ends and Al is a excellent player on the offensive side and a somewhat average player defensively. When Al learns the defensive game he'll be on a whole different level than Perk.
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Old 09-06-2006, 12:46 AM   #4
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i gotta say jefferson. just because he's come on much faster than perkins did. they're both gonna be special players. what perkins has going for him is that he is a true center..and those are hard to come by..if jefferson was the shot blocker and rebounder that perkins is..watch out! either way the c's are lucky to have 'em both
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Jefferson easily... future all-star in the making!
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On a talent level, Jefferson by a good margin. Big Al has insticts on the block; these cant be taught and maybe 10 players in the league are as gifted back-to-the basket.

That said, Perk has worked really hard since being drafted to get into NBA shape and due to his work ethic has developed on a more accelerated clip than Al has (although Perk was much more raw than Al to start off with, particularly offensively, so his development curve was naturally higher. Also, Al's ankle woes need to be taken into account when considering his development curve.)

As noted already, they are different players. Think Jermaine O'Neal and Charles Oakley.

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