Originally Posted by JoeyJoJo Shabbadu
Show me one 6'11" outstanding player that starts at SF. How can he defend the smaller speedier guys and tell me how he can drive on them? And if he can't shoot 3s like Donyell Marshall then what does he do? He will be a niche piece as part of a rotation playing against the 2bd squad where he won't be exposed too bad. That's the best I would hope for.
PS And don't tell me he can start at PF cause he can't.
There are plenty of guys at 6'9" and 6'10" that have had success at SF, what's an extra inch? And his height and length will give him an advantage in the post with almost every match up.
There aren't too many guys playing SF that are quicker than PJ3. His athleticism is the reason he can play SF in the NBA. If he bulks up he could move to PF, but he has the quickness to play on the perimeter. His work ethic and effort on the defensive end are his possible achilles heels. Not his quickness.
Also, not every good SF is a 3 point specialist. Like I said, he's a good fit for the Raptors, because we need someone to work hard rebounding, playing D and getting out in transition. We can already get good spacing in the offence with Bargnani
at PF. And don't forget, Valanciunas also has good range for his position, though not yet out to the NBA 3 point line.