Check out last night’s ClipperBlog Live with D.J. Foster and Nick Flynt where they discuss the Clippers’ loss to the Boston Celtics.
Dwight Howard is a better player today than Blake is. But why people feel this need to make such conclusory statements like Nick made that Blake will “never be as good as Dwight is” I don’t get. I pointed this out in another thread, but in year 2, Blake is putting up a PER that Dwight didn’t manage to put up untill year 5. Now, I understand Blake played two years of college and Dwight didn’t, but even counting that Blake is still on pace to be as good, if not better, than Dwight Howard is.
I mean, I see the criticisms of Blake out there. He hasn’t developed his offensive game. His FT shooting isn’t good enough. And on and on. And then I see people act like it will always be this way while simultaneously wishing for a Dwight Howard trade. Has Nick forgotten Dwight HOwards development in his early years. For about the first 4-5 years he was in the league, his offensive game consisted of dunking the ball, and that was it. Yet, he we are, a few years later, and his game has developed beyond that. Now why is Blake’s game won’t do the same thing?
Now, Blake will never be the force Dwight is on defense, and that has more to do with God’s gift of size to Dwight than anything. However, Blake has an ability to handle the ball outside of the paint that has hardly been tapped. He shows the potential of being able to legitimately play the game like Shawn Kemp for a bit, and then switch it up and play like Malone. He has the potential to be a better offensive player than Dwight Howard will ever be.
Good to see the Podcast back. I agree much with Nick about the Defensive woes of this team and found the analysis about yesterday’s game against Boston spot on. Why Vinny decided to go small when he had the size advantage is beyond me, especially since DJ had been rebounding and defending quite well yesterday. After a poor showing last night, I’ve moved into the camp where Vinny has to go after this season regardless of how well they do in the post season.
Similarly, this team can go out and try to find that great wing defender but honestly this team is desperate for a Defensive system and trading Bledsoe and change for Crawford, imo, will only make this team worst.
Sure Bledsoe has his faults: foul prone, turnover prone, not much of a 3pt and mid range game, but the one thing he brings to the Clippers is energy and defense – something the Clippers are sorely lacking. And so bringing in Crawford when the team already has Paul, Williams, and Foye will not make this team any stronger on defense.
Olshey needs to make CP3 and Blake happy so that they know management will do what they need to in order to build a championship-caliber team around them. Olshey is on borrowed time because if moves aren’t made now and in the offseason, Blake and CP3 will leave. It’s plain and simple.
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