Originally Posted by SnoochieBoochie
Well, Lamarcus hasn't improved any statistically from year 1 to 2 so I cant see that increasing with the great Oden playing beside him. Oden is bad on offense so that leaves other teams the ability to clog lanes on Roy and Lamarcus making it a bit more difficult on them.
Roy is a very good talent and I could see him getting a bit better just not into MJ or Lebron or even Wade status.
Oden has yet to prove anything, whether it is easy on him or not he still has to perform.
He's proven that hes an athletic 7 footer who understand the game and knows how to play defense. He could not put up an FGA all year and still be an effective presence for them.
And Aldridge doubled his scoring average from years 1 to 2...so I have no idea what you're talking about when you say he didn't improve. He was being talked about for most improved.
And Roy doesn't have to be Lebron or Wade because he's got a much better team around him. And his game is different anyway. If you watch him play you'll notice that he forces the issue himself far less than Lebron, Wade and most other superstars. He took 500 less shots than Lebron last year...he plays a very different type of game.
And thriller, you're right, they do have alot of cash to work with. What's impressive though is their current roster doesn't have a high payroll. Basically every big move he's made has been cost effective, so he theoretically could have done the same thing with a team like Phoenix.
Almost all of their key players were drafted by the organization or acquired through draft day deals. So yeah...he's got money to spend, which will come in handy when all these guys get off of their rookie deals. But at this point, he's built a (probable) playoff team with more potential for greatness than maybe any team in the league, and he's done it on rookie contracts.
And they'll most likely have another mid first round pick next year, where they can fill a need at the very least.
The direction they are heading in is a testament to the quality of the entire management and scouting team they've got over there.