Sorry for the bad pun. But reading the game article after the Celtics win, here was a quote:
So for the sake of argument, lets say that a light suddenly goes on for Hendo, and he takes this lesson to heart. He has an ability to score in multiple ways, but has always been more reluctant. But now he sees how effective the team is when he goes into attack mode, and for the rest of the season averages about 21 points per game.This is how Gerald Henderson describes what he hears from coach Mike Dunlap these days:
“He wants me to shoot it every time. He wants me to think, ‘SCORE’ every time.”
Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/201...#storylink=cpy
Would this finally be the player we are looking for as our SG? If we can get him for 5-6M per for the next few years, should we then focus on Bennett, Noel, or trade down for Zeller in the draft? Or should we go ahead and draft Macclemore, Bazz, Oladipo, or Smart to take over the position as planned, and let Hendo go?
I've always been of the position that if he could ever become aggressive, then he's who I would want for that position. Maybe its just a one game thing, and he even showed glimpses of this at the end of the season last year, but reverted back. I was just wondering what other people thought between a potentially aggressive and higher salaried Hendo for the next few years and a young big prospect versus an inexperienced young rookie on a lower salary but bigger bust or boom potential and a veteran post player.
Last edited by QC Thundercats; 03-14-2013 at 12:46 PM.
to answer your initial question and because i feel strongly about this one, i will illustrate it with a caps lock abuse
WE ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY MUST DRAFT FOR BPA AND NOT NEED. EVEN IF HENDO AVG 30/4/6 THE REST OF THE SEASON.
I would draft the best player available no matter what Hendo does for the rest of the season.
If the light does turn on for him and he averages 21 per for the rest of the season, That would be great and I wouldn't mind wrapping him up for 5-6 million a year for 5 seasons and if we decide McLemore or Smart are the BPA then we have a pretty dynamic guard rotation.
If it's Smart- I think he is enough of a playmaker that he could play as the primary backup to both Kemba and Henderson but, he would need to work on his jumpshot.
If it's McLemore- It would be a little more problematic because he is similar to Hendo (with a higher ceiling) because neither of those guys can consistently create their own shot off the dribble or create offense for others although, McLemore offers tremendous range and that would provide greater spacing for our offense to run.
Personally, I'm still hoping for Noel. (provided his knee checks out post-op, he had the ACL repair completed yesterday). I don't think he will miss a significant amount of games. I think if we draft Noel, we definately need to also land one of the bigs (Pek, Hickson, etc) to give a vet presence and ensure that we don't have to trot out both Biz and Noel at the same time.
If he's averaging that for the rest of the year I think he'll be getting more than 5-6 million. Hell, look what Derozan got last year with much worse numbers.
Either way it's always BPA from my POV.
Hope Resurrected: "I think I can bring an attitude to a team as far as, ‘All right, no matter what, we are not losing this game'." - Kemba Walker
"Its okay to be bad; just so long as you're bad ass." - Keetch
"I don't care if he uses a sophisticated pulley and tackle system to get his shot off if the bitch goes in."-Mustachio
I just hope Cho doesn't base his decision on a five-year extension on one month of play in a contract year.
Icky Thump (03-14-2013)
Hendo is nothing more than a serviceable sg. He must be upgraded. He best suited as a 6th man. imo
We can't keep letting players go .Development and good drafting is whats going to making us better. Like Hendo is right now offer him 5 years at six per . Draft the BPA and go from thair . If it's McLemore Make Hendo a sixth man at the two wing positions . Hendo plays a lot of 3 right now any way.
Id rather just trade hendo is we can get some decent in return.
I echo what has been said already about drafting best player available. Henderson has been inconsistent and has injury concerns. I also think he is best suited as a 6th-man type and can be upgraded by drafting either McLemore or Shabazz. I am still firmly with taking one of the stud 2-guards and not a big man like Zeller or Noel.