This is a really interesting read and scouting report on both players. Reading between the lines, I tend to think the guy is making a little stronger case for Radmanovic, although as he says that's easy to do now with Lewis slumping.Vladimir Radmanovic as a power forward was worth a try. It was a good effort to hide from the reality that Rashard Lewis and Radmanovic are redundant.
However, after half an NBA season, it is clear a lineup with Lewis as your small forward and Radmanovic as your power forward is actually a lineup of two small forwards. That's a lineup that isn't going to cut it.
They are too similar as players. They are similar physically (both are 6-foot-10, though Radmanovic is 20 pounds heavier) and in their style of games.
Nearing the midpoint of the 2003-04 season, the Sonics are treading water with two natural small forwards -- Rashard Lewis and Vladimir Radmanovich -- in the starting lineup. What should the team do?
Trade Vladimir Radmanovic
Trade Rashard Lewis
Trade both players
Keep both players
They are players you would love to keep. However, the NBA is about acquiring pieces that complete a puzzle. These two pieces fit into the same hole.
With the trade deadline less than a month away and the Sonics floundering around .500, it is time for team president Wally Walker and general manager Rick Sund to make the next tough decision confronting the Sonics organization.