Rookie vs a Vet
Last night two writers of this blog had a very interesting conversation about the draft. The topic, do we take a PG like Westbrook or trade to get a veteran?
Most in Blazerland have said that we need a vet PG to take the reigns of this team and move it into a championship status. However, the allure of Westbrook, a strong defender, solid shooter, and a guy who can play with and without the ball make an intriguing situation. Don’t forget DJ Augustin, and waiting in the wings Petteri Koponen.
If we decide to go with a rookie, lets just say the two we would take would be Westbrook or Augustine, or bring Koponen on board we would have the benefit of our entire starting unit being young, talented, and ready to grow together. Westbrook provides to most solid of the three, Koponen the most unknown (remember we already have one European sitting the bench).
A vet brings all the obvious, experience, talent, steady play, etc, etc, etc. But depending on who you get their lifespan on our team is limited. Lots of talk has been going around about Billups, but he is old, and will he be around when Oden and company come into their own?
This guy can flat out fly. He is a solid PG, will do what we need. But will he be around at 13? Is he worth trading for instead of Westbrook?
Everyone in the NBA gets excited about a foreign born player. Probably because they have the ability to become Tony Parker, or Manu Ginobili. Is Koponen that guy? Or is he just a fresh face that will fade like Sergi Monya?
By far the most complete of the PGs available to us. Pac 10 Defensive Player of the Year, plays on and off the ball. He wont be around at 13, so do we make a move?
Remember we are looking for a dynasty here….not a single championship! So what do you think?
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