I don't know how you expect Bender to be a post player? The key to being a post player isn't just height and long arms--- you have to be able to keep a guy behind you with your body mass, which Bender does not have. On the other hand, Bender can dribble for a non-point guard, is fast, and has a couple athletic spin moves that gets him to the basket while being guarded from the perimeter.
This trade isn't as horrible as it is made out to be. Both guys are in contract years... Bender still has two years left. I don't really want to make the trade, but it's not like we are getting screwed. Bender has potential, but if he gets hurt next year, the only positive is that the 06-07 year is his final.
Yup - that's why it's pretty obvious that Bender was a bust. But if someone like KG can operate in the post there's always a chance - and nobody ever had a chance to find out.
What else would you try to do with a 7-foot player who couldn't defend a perimeter player to save his life, couldn't take the ball inside without either getting it stripped or being called for a charge, couldn't shoot from outside under pressure, and is 7' tall and can jump out of the building?
He certainly never had a chance of playing on the perimeter - not unless he developed enough of a post-up game to force other teams to use a PF on him.
The poster formerly known as Rimfire
The comparison can be made because it is based on potential. If you followed the NBA when Ben Wallace started, Ben Wallace shooting air balls was a constant highlight on ESPN' sportscenter.(in his washington days)
Now it's filled with Darko's career highs of 8 points and 4 rebounds.
On another note, Why should we give up our first round pick and Bender for George and Medvedenko? We are basically giving away our first round pick to get Benders contract off our hands. I personally would rather wait one last year on Bender and see if anything happens. After all, The guy holds the record for the most points scored in the High School all american game..Which doesn't tell you a ton..But it does tell you the guy definitely has crazy skills. So one more year, Then we dump Bender and give up on him.
IMO, I think that JJ has monster potential, Reggie potential.We really need to hang on to him before he develops somewhere else.
Jeff Foster- The only reason that Jeff isn't a star is because he doesn't have the name or the high profile team. Let's face it, the Pacers aren't the Knicks, the Lakers, the Celtics, or even the 76ers for that matter. The Pacers just don't have the visible history or name to have anybody on the team to be considered a star.
Foster is an awesome rebounder, really the only word that can be used is awesome. He has great defense and shot blocking capabilities. The only problem, besides not being a high profile player, is he doesn't have quite the offensive consistency that one might see in a Shaq. Foster is a very Tim Duncan-esque player, he has all these great qualities, but will never get the recognition he deserves.