Malone comes to the Kings known as a coach that focuses on defense. But now (outside of the Luc signing today) has the team been getting offensive minded players? A ton of Kings fans moaned about Tyreke being our best defender, so how is our front office letting defenders walk and concentrating on offensive minded players when they hired a defensive coach? The answer is simple.
I fell into the trap thinking in the off-season that the new GM would acquire as many defensive players that they could too. But looking back at the teams that Malone transformed, he did it by scheme, a system, and having everyone buy into team defense, not by forcing a front office to get a bunch of defensive players. So while yes, having a lockdown individual defender may help the defense of the team, it is not as important as having the entire team buy into the system (which is what Malone does). So what the front office is doing is putting a premium on offense with the belief that Malone will install his system and transform the team into a good defensive TEAM.
So yes, losing Tyreke's defense at first glance sucks, perhaps replacing him on the floor with someone that better fits an offensive system and by having the players know where to be on the defensive end will mitigate the loss of Tyreke's defense.
So I am excited to see how this team develops as a team and I am not getting hung up quite so much on individual players. Not since Rick Adelman have I had this much faith that a coach will actually install a system that will make the players on the team better. Adelman's system got a lot out of the talents he had on the roster, Malone's will do the same.
So who knows. Perhaps getting an offensive player Ellis (no matter what we think) will work great in Malone's system? Perhaps Malone thinks he can harness Ellis's speed and use it with the confines of his team defensive system to be a bonus.
In the end don't take everything on face value. I think this team is definitely looking at players as how they fit as a team and not on an individual basis. This front office team seems far more concerned setting up a successful system than they are with getting specific players which is why I think Tyreke is gone. Sure Tyreke individually is a better talent than who we are bringing in, but his skill set did not fit what they wanted to do (which by Malone's own words he wants players that can shoot, something Tyreke is not really known for). Plus Tyreke is not really great for floor spacing too. So fear not Kings fans, we may not be able to understand (because we have not seen something like this in so long), but we finally have a management team with a plan (at least a plan that is different than the cutting cost plan)! I for one can't wait to see what it looks like on the floor in October. It is exciting times to be a Kings fan.