Simple question that has not been asked - point blank in quite some time.
I realize Jeff will never be an allstar, I realize he will never make some of you forget the former center the Pacers had, but I like Jeff a lot as the starting center.
If someone were to tell me that for the next 5 - 6 years that Jeff will be the starting center alongside J.O, I would be happy.
Let me address a few arguments I foresee some of you making.
1) What about the Pistons series. Jeff was basically taken out of that series because he could not score. I consider that a special situation. Tinsley was getting physically worse by the game. The pacers were put in a tough position of having to change their game. The fact is the Pacers lost the series.
2) Pacers need a bigger stronger center. Pacers need a bigger styronger center to allow J.O to play power forwartd. I really disagree with both of these. Pacers need a very good one on-one defender so J.O can do what he does best and that is be the Pacers Ben Wallace on defense, block shots. Help out. If J.O has to defend players like Sheed, Odom, and other good offensive players he would not be able to help out on defense.
If Dampier replaces Foster, J.O will have to guard Odom, Sheed.
3) So many, myself includes made the point that Brad and J.O were a very good combo offesively, and yes they were, but Jeff and J.O are a much better combo defensively
I have several more reasons, but I have to go