- 05/31/2012, 09:31PM ET
7#bag _ Com said 05/31, 09:31 PM
Would you trade the top pick for Dwight Howard straight up?
I say NAY
Howard has not shown that he is Hakeem 2.0, or even Ewing 2.0. He's the best center in the game, but the game, to me, has moved on from the low post to the high post. Unibrow can fit into that, scared as I am of him working on his three-point range.
I'll take Unibrow, right now over Howard.
Dyhard is a certified stoner said 05/31, 10:34 PM
If I'm the Hornets, I would do that trade.
They're going to be giving up the first overall pick in the draft, so be it. It's definitely worth it for Dwight Howard, the best C in the league, plus, they have another pick at 10, so they aren't going to miss much. Obviously they're going to get Howard set up with a nice contract to keep him in New Orleans, so they're set in that department.
Let's say the Hornets still don't do well next season and get another lottery pick. Well, they have a year to rebuild & they can still get a good draft pick & build around a top player in the NBA, which is never a bad thing.
Trading the first overall pick doesn't mean that they have to win right from the get-go, they have a year or two before they need to start winning.
Anthony Davis is a great player & will be a great selection for either the Hornets or the Magic, but I think that the Hornets will be better off overall with an experienced player who already has proven himself as the best C in the league than a youngster who has a large risk of busting out.
Trade the pick & take the proven player.
7#bag _ Com said 06/01, 01:06 AM
Whoa Whoa Whoa
Where does it say Howard resigns? If he signs a Magic (Johnson, not Orlando) deal (20yr over 20 years) then that changes things.
The hornets are going to have a Turrible (tm chuck) time signing Howard
1. He's going to a mid 50s media market
MID 50s people. New Orleans is famous, but it aint huge.
2. Eric Gordan is the only other star on the roster, and this is coming from a guy who owns a mini-Oakfor jersey. He's gonna miss Jameer Nelson when Jarret Jack is lobbing passes over his head.
3. The Saints suffered for YEARS under shoddy ownership, and only BLIND luck and the stupidity of Sabin gave them Brees. The Superdome is still paper or plastic if Drew's a Dolphin.
That owner is the same shmuck who bought this one. Boogie Benson is a Used Car salesman, literally, people who hated Shinn (spit) know that Benson is just an idiot, instead of borderline evil like Shinn (spit)
What's that mean? If Boogie isn't making enough money (or the Saints bottom out) don't think he won't dump the team for a Camry with low miles
Dyhard is a certified stoner said 06/02, 06:31 PM
That's the only way a trade is even MENTIONED is if he is going to get a new deal & the Hornets have potential. He has already shown that he doesn't want to play in Orlando, so might as well get him out immediately.
Of course Howard is going to want a big contract, but what else do the Hornets have? Nothing, right. Might as well pay him.
They have paid. Now what? Well, you can re-build with your focus point being Dwight Howard. He's your super-star you build around and he can already nearly double your wins from last year, which is a great start.
They have the tenth pick in the draft, so you can get a position of need right there & develop him quickly.
Jarrett Jack isn't that bad, but they can definitely help him out at passing if he needs it as well as getting Vasquez ready to go also.
Trevor Ariza isn't bad either as down low with Dwight Howard, who can help all the other players improve their down-low game so that when he takes a rest on the bench, the Hornets are totally screwed.
Build themselves for 1 year of a down-season, rebuild some more during the season, get a nice lottery selection, then hit the playoffs.
Should trade the #1 overall pick.
7#bag _ Com said 06/03, 10:44 PM
If what you have in NO any better than what you have in Orlando? To be honest, I would say yes. I like NO better than a Howard-less Magic.
Part of the reason Otis Smith should never, EVER get a GM job again.
Is unibrow going to be better than Howard? In a one game stat steet never.
But in this case I want the guy who will rip is arm off to win a rebound in a close game.
Its almost odd that with all the gift and pure power that Howard has, I'm just not scard of him in a seven game series. I compare him often to Shaq, without Kazam or the rap.
But as much as I (rightfully) bag on the Big Lazy, I am terrified of him going off for 50/20 in a game clincher.
Unibrow isn't going to get me 50 points. But he's going to get me a double double for his career and make 29 guys hate the paint. I want the guy that loves the game.
Dyhard is a certified stoner said 06/04, 07:21 PM
So even you admit that New Orleans is already better than Orlando for Howard, so it makes even more sense for New Orleans to trade the #1 pick & have Howard join the team.
To me, it makes no sense to take a chance at a project player when you can trade the #1 pick for the best center already in the NBA who WILL rip his arm off to win a rebound in a close game & who will, immediately, make the team much better.
You can get a guy with all the passion in the world for what he does, but what does it matter if he isn't going to make the team nearly as good as Dwight Howard would? Hell, he might not even pan out in the NBA & bust out...but wait, he loves the game & has a huge passion for it!
Sorry, but 50 points/20 rebounds seems much better to me than a 10 point/10 rebound game with a passion for the game but doesn't make my team automatically better.
And when you discuss double-doubles, Howard already is averaging that for his career (18.4 points/13 rebounds). He already has 3 NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards. He seems to me the player you want on your team & is EASILY worth trading the #1 pick for, especially when you have the #10 pick.
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