Originally Posted by kshutts1
Who decided Joe Smith can score 15 points a night? Actually.. I just decided that I'm 8 feet tall and can put up 30 a night, so maybe the Bulls should sign me?
But seriously.. Magloire would be better. Unlike Joe Smith, he is a proven player in the past, even an ALL STAR caliber player. Magloire is a double double waiting to happen.. Joe Smith is a huge draft bust that has reinvented himself lately, but only for the past 2 years. Yes, the frontcourt this year should be better, as Joe Smith is a clear upgrade over either Sweetney or Allen, but I would have rather seen Magloire.
Nobody expects Smith to be the answer for our post game, but nobody out there, including Magloire, is the answer either. How about we do a little comparison?
Career stats - 12.1 points, 7 rebounds, 1.1 assists
Best season - 18.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists (2nd year in league)
Double-digit point seasons: 9
Double-digit rebound seasons: 0
Career stats - 9 points, 7.5 rebounds, 0.7 assists
Best season - 13.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists (4th year in league)
Double-digit point seasons: 3
Double-digit rebound seasons: 1
From these stats, it doesn't really seem like Magloire can be a primary post option. When the Bucks traded for him two years ago, they expected him to be their post savior coming off an All-Star year. Now he is coming off a dismal year, and you expect him to play better than he ever has.
You can't really say that Smith is a draft bust. Yes, he was the #1 overall pick in the draft, but there were only three other players in the top 20 that have had memorable careers in the NBA: KG, Sheed, and Jerry Stackhouse. He got traded in his third season, right after his career best season, and got injured the year after that. Who knows how good he could have been? In fact, his numbers only dropped when he got fewer minutes. When he played consistently, he put up great numbers, and may have made an All-Star team. I am much happier with Smith than Magloire.
P.S. Magloire got a 1-year contract for $4 million and Smith's is a 2-year for about $5.3 million, so Magloire is the cheaper one.