Analysis of current team
Rod Strickland, Damon Stoudamire, Erick Barkely, Greg Anthony
All good players, but all undersized, especially in the playoffs when Phil
Jackson puts Kobe on the opposing teams point guard to disrupt the offense.
The new coach should consider letting Pippen bring the ball up court and
let Stoudamire play off the ball. Strickland is a Free Agent. I would not
re-sign him. If Anthony does not retire, they are 3 deep at point guard.
Bonzi Wells, Steve Smith
Wells is penciled in as the starter, but I would prefer his creativity at
small forward. Steve Smith is a good fit, but he doesn't have the legs to
be a go-to-guy anymore. They need a deadly spot up shooter at this
Scottie Pippen, Bonzie Wells, Stacey Augmon, Detlef
Does Pippen care enough anymore? He's still a good player, but he's having
an increasingly difficult time keeping up with the younger talent in the
West. Wells is very good on both ends of the floor. Augmon was
underutilized as a backup even though he is getting older. Shrempf will
Rasheed Wallace, Dale Davis, Shawn Kemp, Antonio Harvey
Do they really need all these guys? Wallace is a franchise player, even
with the temper. The Blazers could use a young, energetic defender and
rebounder at this position (like Jerome Williams) to spell Wallace for
10-15 minutes a game.
Arvydas Sabonis, Dale Davis, Will Perdue
If Sabonis could go all out for 15 minutes a game, he would be more
productive than he is now trying to preserve himself all game. Dale Davis
can play center on defense, but he's never going to post up Shaq. They
could use either an athletic shot-blocker or a jump shooter like Doleac.
Sabonis is a free agent. They should keep him even if they have a chance
to pick up a potential starting center via trade or free agency.