Ariza is not nearly an elite perimeter defender anymore. He's certainly passable... and better than Pierce, but this is not a lockdown guy.Ariza is easily better. I mean, are we not even taking defense into account?
We are. Ariza's probably not going to be a lockdown defender. He's better at this point than Pierce is because he's on younger legs, but Pierce isn't some complete sieve and is still the better offensive player. Plus, like I said, Pierce's contract is way more reasonable for your fifth-best starter (which Ariza would have been as well).Ariza is easily better. I mean, are we not even taking defense into account?
Agreed 100% on Pierce but not on Porter next season. I think he'll get his chance to shine.I don't think Pierce can even be considered as Ariza's replacement. I expect Pierce to only average around 25 min a game (Ariza played 35mpg) and not playing on back to backs. Pierce also can't guard athletic wings. He played most of last season as a stretch 4, it wouldn't surprise me if he comes off the bench next year. Overall I think it's a big downgrade for the Wizards. Otto Porter was disappointing last year and I doubt he'll be a major contributor this season. Besides Martell Webster I don't see any other player that can eat minutes at small forward this season.
Ariza was also a fantastic 3-and-D cog on the Lakers 2009 title team, which he followed up by noticeably underperforming an MLE contract. Like I said, it depends on what you expect of him next season, but I don't trust him enough to pay him that much money for that long.All I know is I saw Ariza negate Paul George a couple games in the playoffs where he defended him superbly and scored enough to make it basically a wash. That's not something Pierce can do at this point.
Plus, health wise I don't trust Paul at all. He's a guy who phones it in too much in my books.
We'll see I guess. If he plays next season the same way he played this year, I'd say hes worth the money. Especially considering the other deals getting thrown around out there.Ariza was also a fantastic 3-and-D cog on the Lakers 2009 title team, which he followed up by noticeably underperforming an MLE contract. Like I said, it depends on what you expect of him next season, but I don't trust him enough to pay him that much money for that long.
I think most of that falls on Porter. If he can turn into a plausible starter, then this works out great.I do think the ability to isolate and score late in games is something Washington desperately needed. Pierce is obviously much better at that than Ariza. As an overall player, Ariza is better now but I think Washington may become a better team with this swap.
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