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Peck
05-18-2006, 06:04 PM
The shooting guard spot. Right now we have one player who can play the position under contract one backup who can play the position who is a free agent at the moment & three players that are actually other positions on the floor but we use them at the two or are thinking about it.

On paper, this spot also looks to be in need of help.

Stephen Jackson.

The good: The man can score from anywhere on the floor. He can go deep or he can drive. He is the most consistant Pacer about being able to creat his own shot. He is a solid defender & actually when it comes to some players he guards them better than almost anyone else (Rip Hamilton comes to mind). He is a solid passer & when allowed to he is a better than average rebounder.

The bad: With Jax it is all emotional. In truth as a basketball player there are very few, if any, things he does poorly. If he has one downside it is that he tends to dominate the ball more than he should but again I don't know if that is him or Rick's coaching. But there are things he does that are not always basketball related that tend to send our fans over the edge. You all know them but I'll recite them again for fun. He argues with the ref on almost every play, often times while the ball is in play going the other way. He yell's at Rick whenever he is taken out of the game & does not know how to hide any kind of dissapointment, anger or bitterness. Did I mention that he argues with the refs. a lot? Made the huge mistake of criticizing a beloved rookie this year after the playoff loss. Depending on which tv station you watched he either came across as a wild eyed loon who didn't care if he was ever here again (WTHR) or a mild mannered well spoken veteran leader who stated that with all of the turmoil the team just needed to have some time together to get the ship righted (WISH).

The outlook: The fans of Indiana hate Jackson. I thought about that very strongly before I said it but I'll say it again, the fans of Indiana hate Jackson. I have never in my life seen a player that fans so sink their teeth into & thier bile on. The sad thing is that Jackson knows this as well.

I'll be honest, I think the fans blame him for to much. Whenever the guy misses a shot he gets boo'ed, hell he is boo'ed in the opening lineup almost every game. I think he just reminds to many people of the brawl & a lot of people, wrongly IMO, blame him more than they do the others. However the fans have it right about the entire talking with the refs. & coach's. That is despicable when he does it. When A.J. said the culture had to change I assume that Jacksons face was in his brain when he said it. I think he has to go & this is going to be one of the very rare times that a player in Indiana is going to be gone because the fans really demand it.

Fred Jones

The good: He can drive to the basket. He can, on occasion, hit an outside shot. He is a physical defender & he is a decent passer. He also is very athletic.

The bad: He is short. He has a very tough time with long lanky shooting guards cause they just shoot over him & on the other end they can change his shot. He has a maddening ability to jump into the air with the ball & not know what he is going to do with it thus often times causing stupid turnovers. Everybody in the free world knows that if he can't go right he can't go.

The outlook: I just don't think the team is going to sink much money into him. I think he has a limited upside at this point in his career & what you see it what you get. He is a good person, God knows on this team that's almost as good as being a good player, & thus the team might want to keep him around just because he doesn't cause problems. Injuries are also a concern with Fred, he seems to every season come down with some form of nagging injury. I could see them signing him or I could see them trying to pull off a sign & trade. Either way I would be ok.

Saras, Danny & Peja. They are going to try & play all three there next season if they are still here. All I can say is, NO. Danny should never be anything but a three & if they feel they have to give him min. somewhere else than powerforward it is. Peja might be able to do a few min. here but I just don't see him being able to guard the Hamiltons & Bryants of the world. I know a lot of you want Saras at the 2 or at nothing at all, well then nothing at all is probably what it shoul be then. When he plays the two guard spot he seems like a fish out of water to me.

Overall:

If we all agree that Jackson needs to go that means we have no shooting guard at all. This obviously would need to be addressed in either a trade or free agency or something. We need a fresh start at the two spot IMO.

beast23
05-18-2006, 06:14 PM
Yep, Jackson has to go.

If the Pacers were to address the PG slot and not be able to address SG, I'd be okay until the trading deadline (using Cro's contract) by using other players to cover the position. 1. Peja 2. Freddie 3. Danny (only if absolutely necessary)

Folks keep talking about Peja's inability to guard the quicker SGs. But, let's face it, he wouldn't be guarding them. Danny would. But I would agree that Danny wouldn't be able to stop them either; but he would have better luck containing them than Peja.

It's going to be an interesting summer. And most certainly the SG position, along with PG will be addressed.

jcouts
05-18-2006, 06:30 PM
I would really like to see us land Mike James over the summer for our SG role.

Yes, he is only 6'3, but in my opinion, he is a guy who plays larger than his size at the guard position, and also has great lateral quickness. I'm not sure how many recall when Detroit knocked off LA in the finals, but he and Lindsay Hunter came in off the bench and harassed both Kobe and Fisher to death on defense, while knocking down 3's keeping LA from sagging on defense. He is a guy that in my opinion can guard anyone from Iverson to Kobe or Vince, even though he is only 6'2-6'3. Dumars guarded Jordan better than anyone else in the league at 6'3...and unlike Freddie, I think James has the quicks to stay with someone like Iverson on the defensive end as well. AJ guards bigger point guards like Billups and Kidd really well, but we need someone who can neutralize guys like AI, Tony Parker, Chris Paul, TJ Ford and those types of penetrating PGs as well.

I've never seen him play without passion, no matter who he was playing for or what game it was. I like Mike James for the role, especially with the direction the NBA is heading where pentration is what makes it all happen, and I think he is very signable. Toronto has widely acknowledged wanting to trade out of their draft spot. James and that draft pick could be packaged together with Eric Williams or Mo' Pete should we wish to do a S&T with Peja to give Danny the full control of the 3.

ChicagoJ
05-18-2006, 06:58 PM
I think Peja's length will help him at defending SGs, too.

Our three SGs, SJax, Fred and Saras, need to find new addresses before next season begins.

Knucklehead Warrior
05-18-2006, 07:00 PM
5-10 years ago we b*tched and moaned that we needed a slasher. Reggie couldn't drive to the basket, couldn't create on his own without a DD screen, didn't play much D, never rebounded, and complained to the refs too much. Now he's retired and on deck for sainthood.

Now we have that guy, but he's a knucklehead. Go figure. :rolleyes:

brichard
05-18-2006, 07:20 PM
This is our biggest need on the floor. Jax doesn't remind me of the brawl nearly as much as he reminds me of Jalen Rose.

With Fred, there is just nothing that makes me think he is somebody we would miss all that much. A common theme with this team is injured and inconsistent, and you can throw Fred in that ring. We can have some of these guys, just not a team chocked full of them.

Anybody else we play at the 2 is not a natural 2, and we should have at least one on the floor. It would seem that the 2 should be a relatively easy position to replace. Not everybody is Reggie Miller, but why we can find so many SF's and so little SG's is a bit of a mystery to me. :whoknows:

SoupIsGood
05-18-2006, 07:56 PM
Have we done the Center position yet? Did I miss that?

rexnom
05-18-2006, 08:41 PM
I really like Jack as a player and I don't think we can get equal value talent-wise. In addition to that, when Peja and JO are both playing, he gets many open looks and he really thrives in the thirs scorer position, just like TPTB thought he would two years ago. The problem however is that unless he goes, the fan base can't be rebuilt and this "culture change" will not be allowed to occur, all because he has become the scapegoat. Especially if Carlisle stays.

Young
05-18-2006, 10:52 PM
Jackson has to go. Our backcourt isn't working for us on or off the court and the fact that he gets booed at home...well I really don't want to see a guy kept here who gets booed at home. It would be best for everyone.

As for Freddie, say thank you and let him walk. I think that we need to revamp our backcourt so let Freddie walk unless you can get something for him in a sign and trade of course.

Bball
05-18-2006, 11:04 PM
Everyone keeps talking of sign and trades, but historically how many S&T's have we been involved in (particularly when the Pacers are the ones 'signing' a player only to trade him)?

-Bball

Jose Slaughter
05-19-2006, 05:08 AM
Other than Brad Miller & James Jones I can't think of any.

beast23
05-19-2006, 08:16 AM
I would really like to see us land Mike James over the summer for our SG role....

...Toronto has widely acknowledged wanting to trade out of their draft spot. James and that draft pick could be packaged together with Eric Williams or Mo' Pete should we wish to do a S&T with Peja to give Danny the full control of the 3.
Mike James is probably at the top of my list, too. He would be a great defensive addition to the backcourt, he can create his own shot, he can slash to the basket and he can hit the perimeter shot.

The only reason the Pacers would not be re-signing Peja would be if Peja wants more dollars that the Pacers are willing to spend. Under those circumstances, I could see the Pacers trying to do a sign-and-trade using Peja with Toronto.

But I have a hunch that if the Pacers wouldn't want to match his dollars, then Toronto probably wouldn't want to spend that much, either. And one other factor... a sign-and-trade would require the cooperation of the player being traded. I don't see Peja as willingly wanting to go to Toronto.

So we are back to using other players to get Mike James, players currently under contract that will have no say in where they are going. And that probably goes back to some combination of Jackson, Tinsley and Jones.

Also, a sign-and-trade with Toronto probably won't net much more than James. I think you are over-valuing our assets if you think we could get James, MP and a draft pick for Peja.

beast23
05-19-2006, 08:23 AM
I really like Jack as a player and I don't think we can get equal value talent-wise. In addition to that, when Peja and JO are both playing, he gets many open looks and he really thrives in the thirs scorer position, just like TPTB thought he would two years ago. The problem however is that unless he goes, the fan base can't be rebuilt and this "culture change" will not be allowed to occur, all because he has become the scapegoat. Especially if Carlisle stays.I think part of the problem is that Jackson is not really accepting of the third scorer's role, primarily due to the fact that our injury situation has never really made him any lower than option 2.

And, I really don't view Jackson as the "injured party" or the scapegoat. I believe Brichard hit the nail on the head when he stated...

"Jax doesn't remind me of the brawl nearly as much as he reminds me of Jalen Rose".

beast23
05-19-2006, 08:37 AM
5-10 years ago we b*tched and moaned that we needed a slasher. Reggie couldn't drive to the basket, couldn't create on his own without a DD screen, didn't play much D, never rebounded, and complained to the refs too much. Now he's retired and on deck for sainthood.

Now we have that guy, but he's a knucklehead. Go figure. :rolleyes:
There is no question that without Jackson, and possibly Jones as well, that the Pacers will be in desperate need of another slasher.

And, you are right about what we wanted TEN years ago. But, the primary difference between Jackson and Reggie is that Larry Brown came along and was able to show Reggie the errors of his ways.

Under Brown, Reggie's defense improved significantly. I believe most of his fellow players would probably say that from that time on, although Reggie wasn't "great" defensively, that he played better than average defense. I think that Reggie's defense, following Brown's influence, has always been underestimated by his detractors.

Also, after his first several years in the league, Reggie began picking his battles with the referees, rather than verbalizing his frustrations every single trip up and down the floor. And, as he was bantering with the officials, he was not allowing it to effect his play... he was getting back on defense.

The point is that Reggie had someone point out to him that his defensive weakness was hurting the team and he dedicated himself to improving it. It was probably also pointed out to Reggie that his constant lip service toward the refs was hurting himself and his team, and he toned it down.

Jackson wears his emotions on his sleeves; he admits that much himself. Says thats the way he is and "that's just him". He has no intention of ever changing that. You accept him the way he is or you can basically go screw yourself.

sixthman
05-19-2006, 08:42 AM
I think you are over-valuing our assets if you think we could get James, MP and a draft pick for Peja.

Over-valuing is too kind.

Anyway, I doubt the Raps really want Peja; small forward is not especially a position of need for them.