Originally Posted by weswo
Really??? Kapono any defense???? Really? Mopete one hell of a man defender??? Is he even in the league anymore? Lol don't get me wrong mopete was my fav raptor because of his demeanor, locker room persona and community work but not much of a d specialist lol
Yeah really homeboy. If you got the time to dig in the archives, you'll see I'm 100% bang on correct on this.
-It all started in 01-02, when we won 12 out of 14 (beginning w/Vince's season ending injury) to sneak into the playoffs, w/MoPete anchoring our perimeter D and often being our best scorer, culminating unto shutting down Jerry Stackhouse in the deciding gm5 vs the Pistons, which we would've won if not for dumb ass Lenny Wilkens subbing MoPete out for Dell Curry (I agree w/Dell coming in that game, but MoPete should've stayed in for defense; I remember being very angry at this), and then Jerry heating up thereafter unto us losing by 3pts.
Morris Peterson - Charlotte Bobcats - Game Log - NBA - Yahoo! Canada Sports
Feel free to check out the boxscores from the link here, and how the oppositions best wing player fared w/MoPete on'em.
-Check out MoPete's stellar man defense on Kobe in our W's vs. LAL on Feb 27th 2005 (Jalen was on him for most of that game, but we pulled it out in the end when MoPete came on him for the last few minutes) and Feb 9th 2007 (all of him, AP, Joey & Garbo matched up against him, but MoPete carried most of the defensive load on him that game, and even hit the shot which was eventually the gm-breaker).
-Did the same thing vs. Lebitch on Mar 20th 2005; Jalen was matching up for the most part unto Lebitch having his career high, then MoPete started guarding him late in the game, and we pulled out the W. He was also our best guy to put on Lebitch thereafter since then.
-He did as good of a job as anyone in the league on Vince when they were in their 20s (and thus also the same vs Kobe n Lebitch; also gave Lebitch fits when he was having a good game w/his shot).
-Numerous other primary scoring wing players he played as well as anyone could play on them. I should note that he did it all while not at all being a dirty player or a flopper. MoPete is as tough as they come.
-He as NOH's perimeter anchor on D when they had thier best playoff run in 2008.
Really, MoPete is the same guy who helped Anthony Parker develop into the defensive stalwart that he is and is still recognized as today. The only difference in their games is that MoPete's primary scoring came off of screens (like Reggie Miller & Rip Hamilton) whereas Anthony is more refined in gettin his shot off the bounce. And MoPete was a perrenial 82-gamer until an elbow injury took him out (think about it -all elbow's need are a few days rest). W/all that in mind, seeing MoPete's game is pretty much twins w/AP (whom he helped in NBA fundamentals & training for the long season), the only plausible reason MoPete doesn't get the burn & respect that AP gets is due to NBA politics (or politricks), or more tame youth movements.
He would've been awsome both as a player for us in 10-11 and mentor to Demar, Sonny etc. if we got him this year. But that would've blatantly made Bryan look bad for letting him go, so it didn't happen.;) Cheers.