Professional and College Basketball Forums banner
1 - 13 of 13 Posts

·
Moderator
Joined
·
6,755 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Is It Too Early To Fully Evaluate Trade?


Friday, March 17, 2006
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
QUESTION
OF THE DAY

Conrad Brunner

Q. I hear a lot of people making snap judgments on what the acquisition of Peja Stojakovic fully means to this ballclub as it stands, but I am of the belief that you cannot decisively evaluate the Stojakovic-for-Artest trade until we see a fully healthy Pacers team on the floor (most notably Jermaine O'Neal along with Peja). I've read numerous quotes from Pacers President Larry Bird from a variety of sources indicating he was anxious to see the dynamic those two players on the floor would present alongside one another, how Peja would open up the floor for Jermaine and how Jermaine would draw the defense for Peja and the other shooters. I'm also of the belief that Bird and (Donnie) Walsh -- although with several other offers on the table for Artest -- might have preferred a perimeter style such as Peja for strategic reasons. I guess time will tell. (J.T. in Indianapolis)

A. Most of the post-trade focus, at least in terms of the national media, has been on Sacramento's strong resurgence since acquiring Artest. The Kings have indeed turned their season around and have not only transformed into a playoff team but a dangerous matchup in the first round (and possibly beyond). There's no question Artest is the primary reason for this, for which he and the Kings should receive all the credit that is due.

Those who cast the Pacers in a less positive light, however, are missing the point. Acquiring Stojakovic may well have saved their season, as well, because the team appeared to be circling the drain at the time of the deal. Though they haven't had as dramatic a reversal as the Kings, they have regained their competitive edge. But what tends to get lost in the discussion is the fact the Pacers are still without their franchise player. In fact, O'Neal was injured just before the trade was made so Thursday's practice was the first time he has shared a court with Stojakovic.

In theory, Stojakovic and O'Neal should fit together better than Artest and O'Neal because their skills are much more complementary. Stojakovic, like Reggie Miller, is a deadly long-range shooter who moves very well without the ball, is an unselfish passer and an underrated defender. Artest was much more similar to O'Neal in that he needs to be in the post as much as possible to maximize his effectiveness. Rather than having two star players competing for the same real estate, the Pacers should have a much more symbiotic tandem.

It also goes beyond pure physical skills. Stojakovic has a low-key personality, a quick smile and a friendly nature that have allowed him to fit in with his new teammates very quickly both on and off the floor. You're right in saying this trade can't be evaluated until we get a chance to see how well O'Neal and Stojakovic play together. At the moment, it's been a good trade for both teams. When those two finally team up, it could become that much better from the Pacers' perspective
.
link

Love it Bruno, nice answer..


Go PaCeRs!!!
 

·
Moderator
Joined
·
6,755 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
StephenJackson said:
Good read, and GREAT avi P-Holic...I've missed JO so much it isn't funny.

:cheers:...No doubt Jax, soon all these silly losses will be nothing but distant memories, as he said we're playing right now without our franchise player, and we're just now getting our Q.B. J.T. back...

Let's give props to this team for even staying alive right now, after all the turmoil and injuries that we've had we should be below 500 by a large margin, but we somehow always seem to weather the storm, and that's do great coaching, and alot of heart...




Go PaCeRs!!!
 

·
Feel the Rush!
Joined
·
4,274 Posts
PaCeRhOLiC said:
We get mad at times, but deep down we all got mad love for J.O.
I wouldn't go that far. There are plenty of people here who dislike JO. For some he is close to their least favorite player. I know you love him P-Holic, thank God. I tell ya, I don't know what I'd do if we traded him. I fear he'd pull me to whatever city got him.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
16,528 Posts
StephenJackson said:
...Even though I still remember everybody blaming JO for our losses before he got injured.
Those missed jump shots don't help matters.

There are plenty of people here who dislike JO. For some he is close to their least favorite player.
Not near my least favorite players. However, he's my 2nd least favorite Pacer right behind Stephen Jackson, and right in front of Anthony Johnson. If he actually bangs inside, however, he will skyrocket up that list.
 

·
Moderator
Joined
·
6,755 Posts
Discussion Starter · #11 ·
Auggie said:
hes been a solid rebounder with us as well (12 of those last night against the kings)
Yeah, I've been really impressed, and surprised with his rebounds, he's always hustling to the boards, and even when he doesn't get it, he's always around the rock...I just wish that he would put that effort everynight on the offensive side.....




Go PaCeRs!!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,274 Posts
PaCeRhOLiC said:
Yeah, I've been really impressed, and surprised with his rebounds, he's always hustling to the boards, and even when he doesn't get it, he's always around the rock...I just wish that he would put that effort everynight on the offensive side.....




Go PaCeRs!!!
Nice observatione but I think that if this team is healthy then hes so called "unselfisness" isn't big problem, actually if this team plays smart it might even work out very well, still I hope that he will gain bigger role in 4th quater, I just don't want to hate S-Jax that much :biggrin: but he keeps takeing thes shots....
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,231 Posts
PaCeRhOLiC said:
Yeah, I've been really impressed, and surprised with his rebounds, he's always hustling to the boards, and even when he doesn't get it, he's always around the rock...I just wish that he would put that effort everynight on the offensive side.....




Go PaCeRs!!!
Don't forget his underrated defense. He is smart, willing and able to defend. He is like Reggie, in the fact that people don't see him as really athletic or physical, so they assume that he can't play defense. He is by no means a poor defender. He isn't a great one either, but he hustles and gets the job done. Plays good "team" defense as well.
 
1 - 13 of 13 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top