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Augustin demoted to 3rd PG, Hansbrough new Backup

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  • Re: Augustin demoted to 3rd PG, Hansbrough new Backup

    Originally posted by BRushWithDeath View Post
    Please. I'm not going to speak for Mackey, but I feel like I've shown considerable restraint in the last year and a half. Frankly, because there was no reason to pile on. Even many of his ardent supporters are seeing now what I and a few others (mainly Mackey, Seth, and able) been talking about since 2009.

    I've also tried to avoid all the "told ya so's" that seem to be so prevalent around here. It's just not at all something I wanted to feel right about. I was really hoping to be wrong. Unfortunately, that ship seems to have sailed.
    The chances of me being the only person to think that are lower than Tyler hitting ten straight elbow jumpers.

    I thought Tyler played very well for a while, especially right before O'Brien was fired. I also think he had a pretty strong start to last season and was a completely different player after getting hit in the head after several games. He has no excuse this season, imo. He's missing wide open jumpers, which opponents are begging him to shoot. He still adds something to the game but he's a noticeably better player when he feels involved offensively.

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    • Re: Augustin demoted to 3rd PG, Hansbrough new Backup

      Originally posted by pacer4ever View Post
      #FREEPENDY

      I want to see a healthy Pendy get a chance. I think he can play liked him in college just hasn't been healthy in the NBA. He is a solid rebounder screen setter and defender. I would much rather give Pendy a shot (which I supported out of camp I was the only one at the pd party ). He very well could fail but in college he showed NBA skills and body of work. Plumlee did not I never even looked at him as draft able literally one of the worst players I have scouted. I didnt like Hans at all in the draft I had Pendy rated much higher than him. I just hope he gets a fair shake to prove me wrong or right. I would say play him 20mpg and you will see a very effective player once he gets his footing. Like I said I could be wrong but I really liked his skill set for the NBA coming out now that he is healthy for the first time lets see if it's there
      Between Pendegraph and Plumlee......whoever is the best screener that will lay into and flatten the opposing Guard is the guy I want to play.

      I am tired of seeing our Guards and Forwards run around a screen set by Hansbrough and the defender literally runs THROUGH the screen like it was nothing. Hansbrough's screen's are as effective as a screen door in a submarine.
      Ash from Army of Darkness: Good...Bad...I'm the guy with the gun.

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      • Re: Augustin demoted to 3rd PG, Hansbrough new Backup

        Originally posted by CableKC View Post
        Between Pendegraph and Plumlee......whoever is the best screener that will lay into and flatten the opposing Guard is the guy I want to play.
        The only player among them that has showed the ability to set good hard picks is Plumlee (also, Mahinmi does it some times and Fez did as well when he played last season).

        Too bad that people around here seem to hate Miles, though.
        Tonight, all flags must burn, in place of steeples.
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        Originally posted by IrishPacer
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        • Re: Augustin demoted to 3rd PG, Hansbrough new Backup

          Originally posted by Nuntius View Post
          The only player among them that has showed the ability to set good hard picks is Plumlee (also, Mahinmi does it some times and Fez did as well when he played last season).

          Too bad that people around here seem to hate Miles, though.
          Doesn't matter if people here hate him. Only matters what coach thinks about him. Until we see him play at least.
          "Danny Granger is one of the top players in the league. To move Danny, you better get a lot back." - Larry Bird

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          • Re: Augustin demoted to 3rd PG, Hansbrough new Backup

            I couldn't help but notice Hansbrough's resemblance to Jeremy Lin.

            Same age, same height, same weight... If Hansbrough turned out to be our caucasian Jeremy Lin, I would be delighted!

            I hope he grasps the moment and excels beyond all our expectations.

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            • Re: Augustin demoted to 3rd PG, Hansbrough new Backup

              Originally posted by RamBo_Lamar View Post
              I couldn't help but notice Hansbrough's resemblance to Jeremy Lin.

              Same age, same height, same weight... If Hansbrough turned out to be our caucasian Jeremy Lin, I would be delighted!

              I hope he grasps the moment and excels beyond all our expectations.
              if only we had an all time offensive great to make him look good

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              • Re: Augustin demoted to 3rd PG, Hansbrough new Backup

                been alot of comments about this and i haven't come close to reading them all. but i will say this- i am glad frank is finally giving ben a chance. he may well prove to be worse than dj- it is possible i suppose. however, we will never know until he gets a shot out there. dj has had his chance and frankly, i am not remotely convinced he can get the job done here. so lets see what ben can do.
                if he sucks worse than dj- bench him or get rid of him but lets at least give him a freakin shot. that is all i want to see.

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                • Re: Augustin demoted to 3rd PG, Hansbrough new Backup

                  Originally posted by presto123 View Post
                  I hate to bring this up again but I still have no idea why we didn't keep McBob over Tyler. McBob has his weaknesses as well but he brings more to the table than Tyler. I hated being right on this one.

                  Yeah, McDud brings so much to the table that it didn't take the Lakers very long into the season for them to figure out they made a mistake and brought in Jordan Hill. He played ONE year for the Lakers and is now in Orlando where the rookie Andrew Nicholson is eating his lunch. Let's see, he has wore a Trailblazers, Pacers, Lakers, and now a Magic jersey. Who is next?

                  There is more to BB than highlite reel dunks, fancy dribbling, and a nice pass here and there. If he had had a mid-range game and a back to the basket game he'd still be wearing a Pacers uni. He never developed a game, hence other players are more valuable than him.

                  Let me preface what I just said saying I'm not a Tyler Hansbro fan either. I wasn't happy about Bird drafting Hansbro as I thought there were better players that could have been drafted. The Pacers needed a PG and Holiday and Lawson were available. I've never been impressed with Bird's drafting skills, but that is a discussion for another time.

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                  • Re: Augustin demoted to 3rd PG, Hansbrough new Backup

                    Originally posted by PaulGeorge View Post
                    Kinda wish we still had AJ Price
                    Me too, i always thought AJ was under rated.

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                    • Re: Augustin demoted to 3rd PG, Hansbrough new Backup

                      Originally posted by pacer4ever View Post
                      #FREEPENDY

                      I want to see a healthy Pendy get a chance. I think he can play liked him in college just hasn't been healthy in the NBA. He is a solid rebounder screen setter and defender. I would much rather give Pendy a shot (which I supported out of camp I was the only one at the pd party ). He very well could fail but in college he showed NBA skills and body of work. Plumlee did not I never even looked at him as draft able literally one of the worst players I have scouted. I didnt like Hans at all in the draft I had Pendy rated much higher than him. I just hope he gets a fair shake to prove me wrong or right. I would say play him 20mpg and you will see a very effective player once he gets his footing. Like I said I could be wrong but I really liked his skill set for the NBA coming out now that he is healthy for the first time lets see if it's there
                      I agree with this as well. Some people might think im crazy, but I always thought of Pendy as someone who could be our Tyson Chandler. I like Plumlee too, but you gotta give Pendy a chance first.

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                      • Re: Augustin demoted to 3rd PG, Hansbrough new Backup

                        Originally posted by BoomBaby33 View Post
                        I agree with this as well. Some people might think im crazy, but I always thought of Pendy as someone who could be our Tyson Chandler. I like Plumlee too, but you gotta give Pendy a chance first.
                        Pendergraph's chance should have come before we used a 1st round pick on a 24 year old rookie.

                        At this point, despite what I think of him as player, Plumlee absolutely should get the nod ahead of Pendergraph.
                        "I had to take her down like Chris Brown."

                        -Lance Stephenson

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                        • Re: Augustin demoted to 3rd PG, Hansbrough new Backup

                          Originally posted by RamBo_Lamar View Post
                          I couldn't help but notice Hansbrough's resemblance to Jeremy Lin.

                          Same age, same height, same weight... If Hansbrough turned out to be our caucasian Jeremy Lin, I would be delighted!

                          I hope he grasps the moment and excels beyond all our expectations.
                          I was thinking the same thing but I know the odds are so far against it. The odds of picking up a really good rotational player as an nba walk on are extremely low. Right now my thoughts are that we simply have nothing to lose. We most likely won't fix our backup pg spot until Granger returns and Lance can take that role, and even Lance is questionable. We should not have pissed away what we had.
                          Larry Bird qouted March 25th. 2015:

                          Bird: I wanted to keep our group together because in the summer, if David and Roy opt out, we're back to zero, really. We don't have that much, so you leave your options open. If we did make a trade, I didn't want to take on a lot of contracts -- because that's what usually happens. Plus, I liked my guys. They're playing well. If we keep the core together and Paul comes back healthy, we'll be right back to where we were.

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                          • Re: Augustin demoted to 3rd PG, Hansbrough new Backup

                            Originally posted by BRushWithDeath View Post
                            The fact that we are turning to Ben Hansbrough for meaningful minutes is really distressing.

                            The fact that it is hard to argue is much, much worse.
                            Yes, it is a sad state of affairs. Front office destroyed a deep, balanced team to a team that must have good games from at least four starters to have a chance at winning.

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                            • Re: Augustin demoted to 3rd PG, Hansbrough new Backup

                              Originally posted by RamBo_Lamar View Post
                              I couldn't help but notice Hansbrough's resemblance to Jeremy Lin.

                              Same age, same height, same weight... If Hansbrough turned out to be our caucasian Jeremy Lin, I would be delighted!

                              I hope he grasps the moment and excels beyond all our expectations.
                              He's not as explosive as Lin
                              Smothered Chicken!

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                              • Re: Augustin demoted to 3rd PG, Hansbrough new Backup

                                Originally posted by Mackey_Rose View Post
                                Who was he going to blame? The rim? The ball? The lighting director?
                                He could blame being in a new situation. Being with a new team, new players, trying to adjust. Or even worse he could blame the offensive system which has him playing off the ball a lot more than he did in Charlotte.

                                There are a number of things he could blame

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