I made this list in the post game thread, but I figured, this is a topic that should have it's own thread.
How do you all feel about our starting point guard situation in comparison to the other teams in the league?
I know most people have been fairly high on DC so far this season, and I'm hopeful this improvement will continue. However, I haven't seen enough to suggest he is anything but a lower-tier starting point guard in the NBA.
Let's take a look and compare just the starting point guards, in order of the conference standings. I'm comparing them on the basis of if I'd be in favor of a straight up trade of starting point guard for starting point guard.:
1) Chicago - Yes. Derrick Rose. Obviously.
2) Miami - Yes. Not as obvious. Mario Chalmers clearly outplayed Collison head-to-head last week, but when you factor in the amount of time that Lebron and Wade spend handling the ball, it isn't even close.
3) Philadelphia - Yes. Man, I wish we had drafted Jrue Holiday when we had the chance.
4) Atlanta - Yes. I prefer Jeff Teague, but I'm interested to see how tonight goes. This is the closest so far.
6) Orlando - Yes. I prefer Jameer Nelson, but not a runaway.
7) New York - No. This team's strength is a superior front court. Probably the best 3 man front court in the league. Rookie Iman Shumpert is the current starter. I haven't seen enough of him to suggest he's better than Collison.
8) Boston - Yes. Rajon Rondo is elite.
9) Cleveland - Yes. Kyrie Irving is already better, and has a chance to be a near-elite level player within the next year or two.
10) Toronto - Yes. Jose Calderon is not much of a defender, but neither is Collison. I prefer Calderon, because he is much better about getting his teammates involved.
11) Milwaukee - Yes. I'd take Brandon Jennings every day of the week. This will probably be the most contested choice of the list.
12) Detroit - Yes. Again, I'd prefer Rodney Stuckey.
13) Charlotte - Yes. DJ Augustin is a better player.
14) New Jersey - Yes. Deron Williams. Obviously.
15) Washington - Yes. John Wall is better already. The potential to be elite is there as well.
So in the East, there's only 1 other team that I would say has a worse starting point guard situation than us.
In the West, it's not much better:
1) Oklahoma City - Yes. Russell Westbrook. Obviously.
2) Portland - Yes. Raymond Felton is playing as well as he has in his entire career.
3) LA Lakers - No. Derek Fisher is over the hill.
4) San Antonio - Yes. Tony Parker is clearly a much better player.
5) Utah - Yes. I'd much rather have Devin Harris.
6) Denver - Yes. Ty Lawson is a clearly better player as well.
7) LA Clippers - Yes. Chris Paul. Obviously.
8) Dallas - Yes. I'd take Jason Kidd for the remainder of his career, he'd be great on this team.
9) Phoenix - Yes. Steve Nash would be significantly better than Kidd.
10) Memphis - Yes. Mike Conley is the better player, and has the potential to be much better.
11) Houston - Yes. Kyle Lowry is the much better player.
12) New Orleans - Yes. Jarrett Jack would have been a great fit with this squad. Wish we had kept him.
13) Golden State - Yes. Stephen Curry is a near-elite player.
14) Minnesota - Yes. Luke Ridnour is the starter, and is playing great right now, but I'd take any of the Rubio/Ridnour/Barea threesome and feel pretty good about it.
15) Sacramento - Yes. I don't love Tyreke Evans' game, but he's definitely a better player than Collison.
So of the 29 other teams in the league, there are only 2 that I wouldn't swap starters with right now. Yikes.