Friday, September 12, 2008
Good On Paper: 'Going Big'
Bryan Colangelo was just quoted as saying he plans on using Andrea Bargnani at the 3 spot this season. To which I might say, 'Are you fucking kidding?'
This idea is tossed around all the time in the NBA. 'We'll go big, create a matchup problem.'
The only problem is IT NEVER WORKS.
In fact, more often than not, the other coach will react by GOING SMALL and put a game-changing run together.
Footspeed. Footspeed is the key to winning basketball games, not length. Footspeed allows teams to trap and cover for each other on defense. Footspeed forces turnovers and creates fast breaks.
Simply put, size is overrated.
That's never more blatantly obvious than on draft day where doofus' like Olowokandi or Kwame Brown (or Bargnani) go higher than much more talented players just because they're taller.
So go ahead, Colangelo. Stick Bargnani on Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Caron Butler, Paul Pierce, Ron Artest or Vince Carter (pictured). Good luck with that.