Rounding down to make the numbers even, he's at 9 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal. Do you know how many guys have averaged 9, 8, 2, and 1 this year?
9 players. Lebron James, Blake Griffin, Anderson Varejao, Al Jefferson, DeMarcus Cousins, Al Horford, Greg Monroe, Joakim Noah, and Josh Smith.
Obviously he isn't in the same tier as those guys, but that's impressive company. You can say that's he's a "run of the mill backup big, who's ultimately replaceable," but the fact of the matter is, what he is doing is pretty unique in the NBA.
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Let the CHOsen one get to work!
It seems pretty obvious the only reason Cho would trade for McRob is to give him an extended tryout. The fact McRob has performed beyond anyones wildest expectations should be a clear indication that Cho would be interested in resigning him. I could see an offer of 3/10, or something like that, and hopefully McRob would accept. He's not elite at anything but he seems pretty well rounded at just about everything and that kind of big is needed on every roster, especially one with a front court as depleted of talent as ours.
There was a very relevant article in Grantland that describes this surprising effect on a team with a seemingly limited player, who shouldn't otherwise impact a game. It called these guys the Luke Walton All-Stars:
Luke was the poster child because it seems hes too limited athletically anymore to contribute:Yet, his insertion into the lineup created this:Walton hadn't played even 500 minutes in any season since 2008-09, and he had logged just 65 minutes for the 2011-12 Lakers before the Sessions deal. He was nearly 32 and slow, with a very bad back; the league just assumed he'd take on the role of brainy hoops mentor/nice locker-room guy for the young Cavs.
And yes, McRoberts made the Luke All-Star team (congrats?). Here is the blurb:Walton can't guard anyone, he barely looks to shoot, and he misses 60 percent of the shots he does take. But, holy cow, his passing transformed the Cavaliers' bench2 into a shockingly entertaining squad. Walton is dishing nearly seven (!) assists per 36 minutes, and the Cavs have played better on both ends when Walton is on the floor, per NBA.com. His chemistry with Livingston has been legitimately entertaining, and the Livingston–Walton–C.J. Miles–Marreese Speights–Wayne Ellington bench mob has poured in better than 107 points per 100 possessions — the equivalent of a top-five overall mark.
So he's a seemingly average role player, who's effect on the team is much more impactful than you would expect. His stats don't accurately tell his storyJosh McRoberts, forward/center, Charlotte Bobcats
Would you look at that: The Bobcats have a big man who can actually do something with the ball! McRoberts is logging more minutes than ever after the Bobcats snagged him from Orlando for the useless Hakim Warrick (since waived), and he has instantly become Charlotte's most competent offensive big man. He's a good enough screener and passer to facilitate from the elbows, something Mike Dunlap tried with Warrick and other bigs incapable of playing that role, and he's a smart enough cutter to snag an easy hoop here and there.
He's also picked up Charlotte's zone hybrids and pack-the-paint concepts quickly on defense, Dunlap told me Friday in New York. McRoberts admitted he has had to adjust to Charlotte's pick-and-roll scheme, which has him dropping down instead of blitzing ball handlers as he did in Indiana and last season with the Lakers. "I'm still getting my bearings a little bit," he says. Charlotte wants him back, but at what price?
To my eye, the Bobcats were starting to become unwatchable in the middle of the season, and I was pretty much fastforwarding through games. Now that McBob has become a McStarter, the games are much more fun to watch now, and the team is competitive on a regular basis. Sure we're still below .500 with him, but at least I have fun again watching. He's a connector, and I hope to keep him around.
The statement about stats is very true - if you just read the paper; he seems to provide little more than a herky jerky performer but if you watch him live, he's been transformative for this team. Now I am sure Bogg will repeat that he's just worth 9.75/hr and a steak sandwich