Originally Posted by some guy on another message board
No point guard who has ever won an NBA championship under Phil Jackson has ever averaged more than 12.3 points per game (BJ Armstrong-93) or 4.4 assists per game (D. Fish-01) or 1.3 steals per game (R. Harper-96 and 98 ).
i love the little discalimer "who has ever won an NBA championship"
forget that part, it really has no bearing on the topic...
gary payton 5.5 points per game 14.6 points
i understand the point and use it often to explain the triangles equal opportunity based system but the fact is closer to that phil jackson has never had a elite level point guard to work with, until he had payton who was well past his prime, yet even an older slower payton sharing the floor with kobe shaq and malone took advantage of the system just fine, gary payton 4 years earlier would have wreeked havoc on the nba...
i'll add that the pg position is small in the triangle for one reason and that's to match up against other smaller quicker gaurds for defensive purposes if phil could avoid having the smaller guys on the floor he would, that's why he favored pippen over armstrong...
point gaurds are not traditional point gaurds in the triangle but i have no doubt that an elite point gaurd in his prime would be able to do some real damage in phils system.. don't forget the triangle gets tweaked to take advantage of the best atributes a roster has, you just have to have a player worthy of it to happen
with jordan it was the sf position with shaq the center and with kobe the sg spot... the only reason the triangle has not had a point gaurd go crazy in it is because there has never been a PG capable of being highlighted in it