Let start first with the big fellow. Every championship/ winning team needs to have atleast a good big man. I think this statement is supported by the NBA history itself. Just look at all championship teams in the past, they all posses one thing. A franchise big man. So, in order for our team to be one, I think its time we go get our own. I know JT is one bigman that i think we could rely in the next seasons to come, but i think that he is not a franchise player. My personal choice for this position would be Amare Stoudamire. He is wants to be out of phoenix, and phoenix is starting to bargain him. He is already a proven 20-10 C/PF who, when partnered with a great backcourt (martin and evans(hopefully)) could be a monster down low. He is adept in an uptempo, run-and-gun type of offense which we probably would use because of Paul Westphal. I know his defense is still far from being superb, but this guy is oozing with talent guys. He is athletic, quick for a 7 footer, explosive. So learning to defend wont be a problem for him, and so i think it will boil down to wether he is WILLING to learn/play Defense, which i think he will be. I've heard that golden state is planningon aquiring him in exchange for andres biedrins, marco bellineli and some other unknown guy. Hey, we cannot allow GS to steal this talent. Use K9's damn contract, Francisco Garcia and (im sorry but) package Spencer Hawes also if necessary. Something got to give guys. With this kind of talent available, we should not hesitate to grab it. And with Garcia's condition, just think of his departure as a chance for Donte Greene to shine and have some playing time. If that happens, our starting would be:
2009 draft is now history. We pick tyreke evans to be our point. Now, its time for K9's expiring contract to go to work. In my opinion, we should EITHER get a PF/C or a SF..
Second, if your not down we the first, then we should, in ny opinion get a SF (see Explosive 1 2 3 fan post). With our new backcourt combo filling the 1 and 2 spot and JT/Hawes filling the 4/5, i think we got a hole in the 3 position, I kknow that we have Garcia and Noc for that matter, but i personally think these guys are not starting 3, but more of an energy-off-the-bench 3 guys. Garcia is our sixth man and noc... i just dont feel it. We need a SF who could play above the rim, excite the crowd with rim-rattling dunks, shoot decently from the perimeter and play defense at the same time. My guy here is Josh Smith. He is just an incredible athlete. High-flyer, decent mid range shooter, and most of all, he can play some D which is highlighted by his multiple blocks per game. Atlanta recently acquired Jamal Crawford. JJ, Crawford, and Smith are all 3 starters. I dont think one of them is gonna be cool playing sixthman because of their superstar ego, so sac should be able to answer that problem, we get smith and they get Noc/Garcia plus K9. Atlanta would get the six man they wants in the person of Noc/Garcia, without having the starters' ego problem because either of these two guys are very comfortable coming off the bench, because that was the original role these two guys have in their previous teams. Plus, atlanta wants to resign mike bibby. They should be able to do that because of K9's expiring contract. Then, we get an explosive SF via a josh smith. So with that trade, we will have:
Among the two I prefer the first trade scenario.