Is Augustin the PG you want leading this team going forward? Can he be the starter on a contending team? My answer to this is no, which makes the Henderson for Rush swap even less interesting.
You want to label Rush inconsistent? Go look at Augustin's game log. He's been on my fantasy team and he drives me nuts.
And if you say Larry Brown is the reason for Augustin's inconsistency, I could say O'Brien is the reason for Rush's (at least on offense, because his defense is there every night).
That's what I'm saying too. If you play Rush under a coach that actually has a more structured offense, I think he would be a lot more consistent.
As for Henderson, having seen them both play quite a bit of a bit, I don't think he has a higher upside than Rush. Henderson looks rigid in his offensive game and doesn't have much range on his jumper. There's a certain smoothness in Rush's offensive game that can't be ignored.
I think Augustin and Henderson trump Rush in terms of realizable potential. Rush offers more than both of them (paired together) in the present tense.
Augustin brings poor defence + poor rebound + poor game management but excellent ball-handling + good scoring + decent shooting (but he's struggling with his shot this season). He may even become Tony Parker, but I think it's more likely he peaks as TJ Ford.
Henderson is limited offensively due to poor shooting + poor off-hand. If he improves on both those things it's anyone's guess. He may very well peak as Dahntay Jones. Defensively he has more potential than Rush - Rush is an above average wing defender; Henderson is quicker and can become a top-notch defender at every back-court position.
Rush is the safer choice. It depends on how much risk you're willing to take and what assets you value more. Personally as I think there's a good chance that Augustin and Henderson plateau as backups at their positions, I'd be risk adverse.
One thing is for sure, O'Brien would hate this trade.
The only player of those three that can possibly be really good is Rush. It's really about his ceiling more than anything.
Augustin, I believe, was considered a coach's dream to work with. If Brown would trade him, it would be because he simply is nothing but a backup...at best.
I think is a bad decision, Rush is way better than those players, I think that AJ has a better starter potential than Augustin and Henderson is a project who could either be good or a bust.
The Pacers are also going to have a lot of choices to pick in the second round PG's, SG's, SG's, PF's, C's this draft is really deep, there is going to be more than one steal of the draft next year.
Do not trade Rush until a new coach with a sound system of basketball and personnel management who teaches fundmentals and generates spacing on the court through ball and player movement as opposed to shooting threes.
If Brandon doesn't shine after a re-adjustment period, then move him. Otherwise, he could be key to our long term future, especially as a player that is apparently well liked by his teammates.
I'm not sure how I feel about this trade. I liked the proposal better when Ford was involved, b/c it got rid of his salary a year early while getting back talent and also opening up more minutes for Price
I think DJ is a nice PG but the league is full of nice PG's. I want a difference maker at the 1 & I don't think DJ is.
I think Rush can be a difference maker on the defensive side of the court once some chnages are made on the bench.
I voted no. I agree with most DJ is NOT the answer at point guard Felton would be better, but I don't think he is a long term answer either. Henderson who knows. What does he do better than Rush.
If Rush performs this way under a new coach, his only value would be that he doesn't cost much and can walk at the end of his rook contract.
I say get rid of him while you can still blame the coach for Rush playing like Casper the Friendly Ghost. Bye, Rush! Thought you were better than this but you blew it.
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