Ok we've looked at the point guards now it's time to take a look over at the other guard, the two guard.
There will be a large vast hole in our starting lineup that hasn't been present for 17 years (remember he didn't start as a rookie). Reggie Miller will cast a large shadow over whoever starts at this spot for years to come. No matter how good & no matter how cluth this person is the first time they miss a long jumper to tie a game or win it the rumblings of "Reggie would have nailed it" will echo throughout Pacerland.
But alas Reggie is now gone so we must look at what we have.
What we have is a group of players with not one of them a natural two guard.
Stephen Jackson, Fred Jones, Ron Artest, Anthony Johnson & even James Jones can all play at the two guard spot & out of all of them only Fred Jones would play two guard no matter what team he was on.
I mean Jax played s.f. for us & IIRC he played the 3 for both Atlanta & San Antonio as well (I could be wrong there).
But does that mean that we are weak at the two? Not really.
Stephen Jackson should be the starter, assuming he is still here. Jax offers us a lot of matchup options because he is very long & fairly fast. He can go both inside & outside & IMO is a very underrated defender. He is the answer for Rip Hamilton on the defensive end. He is fast enough to at least keep Rip honest & he is long enough that he bothers his shot. Whoever Jax guarded in vs. the Pistons had a hard time scoring. He can hit the three point shot & sometimes when he is on he can hit it in bucketloads. He is not afraid to take the big shot & I'm not afraid for him to take it.
I have no real problem with Jax starting a the two guard spot next season. I know he is a hot head & I am aware that Walsh/Bird may just want to clean house & rid ourselves of people who they percieve as problem children. If that is the case I understand that too. Let's face it around here & in Indy Jax recieved as much if not more of the blame for the Brawl as Artest did.
Fred Jones. He had a horrid horrid playoffs. He was inconsistant & honestly there were times when he was on the floor that I forgot he was there. I know he had a broken Knuckle so that will explain the shooting, but it doesn't explain the lack of defense that he had sometimes.
However he had moments during the regular season that in all honesty I thought we were seeing the makings of a star player. He was almost Wade like in his ability to drive & he even played better defense. I'm not sure what happened to him as the season progressed but he kind of lost that driving ability. It may have been fatigue so I think we can understand that.
As a backup I think he is a good player to have. He can swing between two spots & he can create his own shot. Up until the playoffs he was a very good defender so I hope that comes back next season.
Now here is another problem, he is one of the few tradeable commoditys the team has to deal with so it is possible that he may not be here next year. He won't be the focus of any trade but he certainly could be included to make some other team take another trade. I'm ok with whatever they decide to do with him. I want to keep him but if it means getting a better player then by all means do it.
To summerize, the shooting guard is one spot that I have no real issue with. If we came back with the two of these guys & the others capable of emergency min. there then I would be fine with it. I could also see trying to upgrade the spot as well.