Interesting article on SI.com 'NBA free agency: Five players who could get overpaid' - http://nba.si.com/2013/06/29/2013-fr...?sct=uk_bf1_a5
The first player mentioned is:
Productive big men tend to get their money, and Jefferson certainly has the raw numbers (17.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game for Utah last season) to make claim to a sizable contract. (He just completed a five-year, $65 million deal.) But market dynamics shouldn’t be confused for prudence; the fact that Jefferson, 28, is likely to get paid big doesn’t mean he necessarily should, especially considering that his weaknesses are so glaring within a team concept.
The great majority of what Jefferson accomplishes on the court comes in the form of solitary acts. He clears out the left wing to face up his opponent; he plods to the low block to roll out an elaborate sequence of fakes; he attends to his defensive mark without offering much in the way of help. His is an isolated game by its very nature, only effective to a point. If given the ball too often, Jefferson’s focused offense can render those around him a bit meaningless. If played too consistently, opponents will attack his slow feet and lacking defense in general, largely by playing with the expectation that his help will come late or not at all.
It doesn’t take a deep dive into the film to see Jefferson’s getting victimized in the pick-and-roll; his failure to cover the necessary space and angles leads to surface-level blunders and easy scores. Most opponents are already aware of this, judging by how often Jefferson was pulled in to pick-and-roll scenarios last season, and will look to attack him just as frequently regardless of whether he signs with a new team. A team with an elite back-line defender might be able to address some of the challenges that Jefferson’s very presence creates, but his incorporation into any lineup requires a particular defensive infrastructure.
It’s difficult to construct an offense around a post player with neither outstanding scoring efficiency nor the ability to kick the ball out to open shooters on the weak side. Jefferson’s capacity to score so readily in the half court makes him valuable, but the fact that he shoots 49.4 percent — a good number on paper, but not exactly optimal because he doesn’t get to the free-throw line much or shoot three-pointers as a high-usage player — without contributing much to a greater offensive functioning makes him impractical for many teams. That’s unlikely to stop a desperate suitor from giving Jefferson a lavish deal, but his inability to play effectively off others via pick-and-rolls and cuts could make such a contract instantly regrettable.
Yup, exactly what I'd always understood to be AlJeff's issues.
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'm so pumped! I'm tired of hearing everyone talking about tanking. Have you guys not watched the lottery the past two years. The ping pong balls don't like us. If it was a guarantee for us to tank and have the first pick then sure lets do it, but its not. We should know as a team better than anyone its the luck or unlucky bounce of the balls. I'm jazzed to see us go after some players. My dream scenario.
PG- Walker, Sessions
SG- Mayo, Gordon
SF- MKG, Taylor
PF- Zeller, McRoberts
C- Jefferson, Biz, Haywood
Now that's a playoff team will is still young and will get better. You can't keep tanking its killing the confidence of our players! We start winning and Walker, MKG, and Zellers confidence will grow and so will there numbers!!!
I'm still not clear why anyone wants Jefferson?
If we sign Jefferson, does that conclude the "Bismack Is A NBA Starter" experiment?
EDIT: tbh would Big Al really put us into playoff contention? We are by far the worst team in the league still. Maybe we just get to watch real basketball for once and lose all our games by 10 instead of 20. I agree we need to be very patient. One wrong move and we send all this rebuilding down the toilet. So i dont think we should pay him anything but a fair contract which essentially guarantees he doesn't end up here. I am also not to excited about just benching Biz because I pray every night to allah for him to develop into a real NBA player. Certainly wont happen with Big Al here.
Last edited by alfie6; 07-01-2013 at 09:46 AM.
I still think the best course of action for Charlotte is to pick up a veteran on a big one-year deal to roll over their cap space to next summer instead of committing a big three- or four-year deal to someone they don't really want anyway. In other news, I'd like to see James Southerland get an invite to camp. If all he does is camp on the perimeter and drill corner threes it'll be a big plus for the Bobcats.
I can certainly see both sides of this argument but at this point, my feeling is if you can get a good player, get him. We've tanked the past 2 years and how has that worked out for us? We've had 2 miserable, almost unwatchable seasons and all we have to show for it is MKG and Cody Zeller. Even the most optimistic, glass-half full among us have to acknowledge that we were hoping for more when we dismantled our playoff team and started this experiment a few years ago.
There are so many unknowns involved with tanking. 1) we don't know how good any of these HS guys truly are and 2) we don't know if we'll get them
What we do know about Jefferson is that he's a legit 18 and 9 guy who would address the post scoring void we've had forever, and despite his defensive limitations, he would instantly become the best offensive player we've ever had the day he signed.
I don't know if it's a smoke screen or not, but I hope we go after him and I hope we get him.