"Just how big big of a move was signing David West?"
Let me know the last time a Pacer signing upset Celtics fans
That alone should make you happy about getting DW.
All joking aside, I hope Monday's game was a good showcase to you Pacers fans how lucky you are in getting a player with a combo of both ability and intelligence at the level David West has. They were the reasons I wanted him in Boston.
Regarding West and how big is his impact on the team I think is big but not as big as many think here, he could possibly help the Pacers move from 8th seed to 7th and possibly 6th max, we are still a first round playoffs exit team in my opinion unless PG becomes the player we think he can be.
Dwest alone doesn't get the Pacers past the first round playoffs but one more move this season or this summer and I think we will be a very strong team to move into the second round.
Whats really amazing is that there is already talks that Amare' is gonna sit out games against lesser opponents to rest up. I didnt' know that guy was so old. But sitting out against weak teams is actually counterproductive. If the goal is to get wins, he should be playing against the weak teams and have an easy time getting the win. Sit him out against the elite teams as he will have to work harder in those games. They could have a 4-1 win ratio if they play 5 games and only one is against a strong opponent.
Last edited by graphic-er; 12-28-2011 at 02:24 PM.
You can't get champagne from a garden hose.
Signing of David West is a huge deal. Don't get me wrong, I don't expect the Pacers to be serious title contenders quite yet, but I do believe West gets us closer. Not only does he get us 18ppg/10rpg closer, but I think his leadership is going to keep this team pushing forward, and help our young guys grow into the potential we've all seen.
Everyone keeps saying that signing him to a 2 year deal made it even better, but if he keeps up the intensity we saw against Detroit and shakes off the rust and hits those easy shots he missed, I get the feeling that we're going to begin hoping it was a longer contract.
I'm very pleased with DW so far, and I expect his signing here to be a BIG deal for the future of this team. His play is great, and he might return to All-Star level. But if he is able to mentor Roy and Tyler, maybe even PG, and make the most of DC's talents, then we're going to be much better for years after his contract ends.
BLUE COLLAR GOLD SWAGGER
You find the tiniest things to latch onto and harp on incessantly.
Well, I'm excited about this season and our prospects... and I haven't experienced this feeling for several years.
But let's not get carried away. I can confidently say that I expect for the Pacers to be competing for at least a 5th seed.
But beyond that, who knows? One thing that I truly believe is that with West and Hill added to our roster, we can compete with every team in the league. And that is definitely something to get excited about.
I wouldn't say that he's trolling... But he is irrationally cynical beyond repair.
So 2009 All Star David West who was averaging 21 points, 8.5 rebounds, on 47% shooting in 39 minutes is VASTLY better than 2011 David West who averaged 19 points, 7.5 rebounds and shot 51% from the field in 35 minutes?
So because he played 4 less minutes caused him to make one less basket per game, and grab one less rebound while being a more efficient scorer is a huge difference?
You make no sense. None. Nada.
As far as this year goes, you're correct, only time will tell. So if we don't know, why do you keep acting like you're so sure and bringing it up every time you see David West's name like it's already been decided? We've seen nothing to show that he won't be that guy. In fact, in the opener he certainly looked like he's still that guy. His game is more of a game of knowledge anyway. He's smart, he knows where to be, and how to get position. Everything we've seen and know about him points towards nothing but a full recovery. I would be much more worried about a guy who relies on jumping high and running fast.
The real issue I think is that you (just like with Dunleavy, and several other players/coaches before) never stop. It's like a little kid poking you to get your attention. It's fine for a while and you can ignore it. At some point though it just gets old. You find a way to reach that point about several subjects every year. It's like you can't help yourself.