I don't think anyone is saying he is bad, but he is certainly not a center. He's definately not a starting center. It looks like Webber may just sign with the Mavericks so we may need to start looking at other options out there.
Sheed shouldn't have to play back any where. thats too much talent to try to harness. We need to keep Webber for the training factor. The max has alot of raw power, but soft hands. He just needs someone to school him.
Maxiell is 6'7". There is no way he can play the same role that Webber did last year. Webber was playing a lot of center. I know Maxiell is tough but 6'7" just isn't going to cut it at center. My best guess is they will start McDyess and Wallace down low. Then they will have Johnson, Maxiell, and Mohammed come off the bench.
I've always heard that McDyess is a very superstitious player, and refuses to start because he's had great success from Detroit's bench. Not refuse to start in a bad teammate type of way, but really prefers to be 6th man. It's the role I think he should continue.
We're replacing our 5th offensive option, Ben Wallace/Nazr Mohammed/Chris Webber. The next logical step is to start Maxiell and let Nazr and McDyess be the backup PF and C. Amir should be used to create matchup problems to build his confidence. I haven't seen anything that shows me that he's ready to start against NBA starters.
The article specifically mentioned an energy player, and I think Maxiell brings that to the starting lineup better than McDyess can. Two 33-year-olds, even when they're Wallace and McDyess, will get killed by some of the younger frontcourts in the league, and we lose all frontcourt scoring to sit Wallace and McDyess together. Might be an interesting experiment, but I think we'll see more Maxiell starting than McDyess.
I don't understand why would keeping vets like Webber and McDyess. I can understand one of them keeping one around but both would only hurt the young guys in the end.
Huh?!? You keep vets like that on the team BECAUSE there are so many young players. Webber and McDyess are two TOTALLY different players. Imagine what the young players could learn from the two. After Webber started playing for the Pistons, did you not notice how many behind the back passes were being dished BESIDES Webber?!? He was teaching skills to the vets, not just the young players.
Starting players don't suck up all the play time. Look at San Antonio with Finley starting, and Manu coming off the bench. Webber can't log that many minutes now anyways. His vertical is about the height of a pack of cards. And McDyess still has some athletic prowess in him, and is bomb from the midrange area.
Hopefully Chris Webber (Wth very limited minutes. Just out there to play and dish until he gets tired.)
And with this lineup, if the Pistons can get ahead early, they have a STOCK PILE waiting on the bench for minutes. This is a perfect situation in which the Pistons don't have the wear out their starting five like they did the past three years.