This morning was the most recent blasting of Anthony Parker's starting minutes....in a long line of h8ters.
http://www.clevelandfrowns.com/2010/01/ ... under.html
The Cavs need a two-guard just as much as they need a stretch 4. We knew Anthony Parker was a nice bench option when we signed him, and he’s done nothing this year to change that perception. You don’t want to go to war in the playoffs with such limited productivity at the 2.
Ast'd 88% (wow)
3 pt. %: .463
This is a take i've seen regularly, and I must admit....I couldn't disagree more.
In this blogger's humble opinion, Anthony Parker is a great starter for 3 reasons:
1. He can be productive without being a volume scorer. He scores enough to keep his man semi-honest, especially knowing that giving him space behind the arc is a big no-no.
2. He doesn't need the ball. He's a veteran, knows his role, and is happy with his limited touches.
3. He plays inspired defense. He crashes screens, chests up, and plays the kind of defense that a "premier" perimeter defender doesn't always play. He doesn't defend with his hands, he defends with his feet.
I feel like AP fits well with the first unit because there are only so many shots to go around. Bron is going to take his share, Shaq needs the ball in the post to get going, you'd like to see Hickson get the ball on the move towards the basket because that is when he's most effective, and Mo generally gets his. Adding another high-volume scorer to the starting unit is unnecessary, IMHO, because it will take away shots from one of the previous group. A 4-star PF? Different story, because that opens the court for the rest. (And think of all the possessions that wont end with Hickson fumbling a pass out of bounds! )
If you take AP and place him on the second unit, he doesn't benefit from having Bron/Mo/Shaq feeding him open looks. He doesn't seem to create well off the dribble, and becomes a bigger version of Boobie. There's no denying that he can bang the open look ALL DAY. (And yes, Ey, I know most NBA players can. Years of Donyell, Amon Ones, and Hughes convinced me that it's not as common as you would think, and doesn't usually come with ++ defense)
Delonte can thrive and power the second unit because he's comfortable with the crew (AV, Z) and because he can CREATE, which is a skillset the Cavs somewhat lack. There's enough firepower in the first unit w/o a dominant scorer at the 2.
Many folks have pointed to stats like 5-man unit efficiency and pointed out that the Cavs are better with AP/Hickson on the bench, but I think that's a wonky statistic. I'll point back to the chemistry issues at the beginning of the year and folks getting used to roles....and I agree with the posters who believe that the best player at the position isn't necessarily the guy who needs to start the game.
Just my take. This seems to be a polarizing issue, so let's discuss.