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Jazz and Pacers discussed deal that would've swapped Paul Millsap and Alec Burks for Danny Granger and Lance Stephenson - Page 2
It's no surprise really, Danny might not ever be the same and Lance is only going to get better.
IF Lance does get much better, he will be a better basketball player than Danny going forward. He's already a better fit on this starting lineup. He helps with penetration and ball movement...breaking down the defense. We have George Hill and Paul George who can shoot from the perimeter. With Lance we have that guy who can go into the teeth of the defense and dish or lay it in. He puts A LOT of pressure on the defense and unlike Danny, Lance can get guys very, very easy baskets. Along with that, he's a better defender of SG's and is better at getting into the passing lanes. He's also a lot more mobile than Danny Granger with a bum knee. Shooting is only one aspect of the game....
Very weird that within a year of last season's playoffs, most of us are more ready to part with Danny than Lance.
Several reasons for that:
1) Lance is the better fit with our starting unit. Better at everything except shooting.
2) Danny's knee is a big issue and isn't responding well.
3) Lance has made enormous improvements both on offense and defense
4) Danny is a lot older than the rest of our core. Lance is just the right age to grow with them.
5) You've already seen the best basketball you will see from Danny. It's highly likely you will see even better play from Lance.
6) Investing much in Danny is taking a gamble due to that knee.
7) Lance can be had for a reasonable contract.
The wing situation would be a huge problem. You'd be playing with 2 guys that can hit anything outside of 20 feet.
The lane would be so clogged.
Your bench would suck so hard. Who'd be the best guy coming in? Orlando? DJ? Tyler? Yeesh.
I suppose if you thought Burke was the future at the 2 or 3...even then. Ugh. Lance's upside > Burke and really, Millsap.
I believe Milsap can hit 3's, but even if he doesn't do that a lot he can hit mid range jumpers, which is enough. What I kind of like about that group aside from being enormous space eaters and great at rebounding is that you have now also upgraded your backup PF from Tyler to Paul Milsap.
The backup team in this scenario is:
Burks or Johnson
Would have been an interesting, though certainly not a slam dunk, idea.
I believe Milsap can hit 3's, but even if he doesn't do that a lot he can hit mid range jumpers, which is enough.
He's a career 27% 3 point shooter, but lately has been an acceptable 35%. However, he shot 35 last season, and is on track to shoot about 50. So, he's really not much of a threat there, although you make a good point about his midrange game.
It isn't a terribly thought, but it'd be interesting to see how that lineup would work.
Re: Jazz and Pacers discussed deal that would've swapped Paul Millsap and Alec Burks for Danny Granger and Lance Stephenson
I would not let Lance go right now. Honestly, I think Lance is the best player in the whole deal. He has the most potential out of all the players in the original deal. I used to want Milsap until West picked up his play this year. We don't need Milsap. Our missing piece is a strong scorer off of the bench which could be Danny, or next year it could OJ.
We just need to keep our guys. We don't need to trade or sign anyone new this offseason.