Originally Posted by John Starks
Billups would've been a MUCH better fit.
Billups would have been the absolute best fit. There's no doubt about that. But I hate his attitude. He's one of these "I'm deserving of everything" type guys. Deadly. Kills the Magic every time, but he's still a cocky prick.
JJ Redick knows how to move the ball, by the way. Better than most. But with the signing of Lewis, there's no way that Dooling doesn't start at SG this season for us because our perimeter defense between Lewis & Nelson is going to be awful.
So now that I've slept on it and calmed a little, here's what I see.
I see a logjam at SF between Lewis, Turkoglu & Ariza. Otis Smith loves Ariza... as do most of the fans in Orlando. There's no way that we're going to let Ariza sit at the end of the bench all year long and then opt out of his contract and go elsewhere without getting another look at him.
It's true that Ariza can play SG but he's definitely more effective playing SF. Not only that, but if they move him over to SG, then someone else has to rot on the bench all year long... JJ Redick. He did enough of that last year. When he played he proved he was our best shooter and most willing passer. It's just that Brian Hill was about as stubborn as they come, and he valued defense to a fault. Redick is a decent defender. He's not as poor as people think, but he certainly will never be on an all defensive team. He's a great shooter, a good/willing passer/sharer of the ball that's smart and has a great passion for the game.
So what's that mean? It means one of possibly a few things...
1) Lewis is going to be playing PF (I seriously as hell hope not because that'd be the biggest mistake ever)
2) Turkoglu is going to be traded. I hope it means that Turkoglu is going to be traded, and done quickly enough to add even more capspace to re-sign Darko.
3) Ariza is going to be traded. I seriously doubt it.
4) Redick is going to be traded. Possibly, and probably more likely than anyone except Turkoglu, but I hope not.
5) Dooling is going to be traded. See Ariza comments.
The Magic are most likely not going to bring Grant Hill back. If they do, they're still going to be jammed up at SG & SF, to an even larger degree.
If the team plays Rashard at PF, we are going to be worse than last year.
If the team plays Rashard at SF, and keeps Milicic, we are going to improve marginally (roster wise) because we're still losing Hill and probably a great deal overall because of Van Gundy.
We're going to improve as far as a team goes either way because of Van Gundy, however... if we play Rashard at PF(even as backup for Battie during stretches), I don't think Van Gundy's presence is going to matter much, because we won't get any better at all.
I don't want Grant Hill to return but there's no way one can possibly look at the Magic roster and say that we're going to get better by saying goodbye to Grant Hill AND Darko Milicic simply to bring in Rashard Lewis. Pure lunacy.