I strongly believe in the talent on our current team. I feel that we have the right players playing the right roles. The only area I where there 's some trouble is the backcourt. I have a feeling that the starting lineup for the majority of the year will consist of Monta, Jack, Buike, Randolph/Wright, and Biedrins. However this team is injury prone, people on our bench will see a lot playing time. So Maggette, Turiaf, other half of Randolph/Wright, Morrow, Marco, CJ and Jamal will get a lot of PT. I feel that Jamal, CJ or Marco will be more of a general backup guard playing either the 1 or the 2. Teams generally have at most 4 players who play in the backcourt in most games. We will need to get rid of some of ours.
But keeping 2 out of Marco, CJ, and Jamal increases our depth. This task will be easily accomplished because Jamal can opt out, and if he doesn't, he has an expiring contract either after this year or the next. CJ is also a free agent. Marco could be traded. I just can't decide who should stay.
Jamal can start at PG or SG. Although if he stays he should come off the bench. He would resemble Jason Terry on the Mavs. Come in and score. He doesn't have any real D, although his hands seem to have gotten quicker while he has been here. He is a vet and he seems to be well liked in the locker room. He also may be difficult to trade. So he could stay here andbe bench player who may need to start every so often do to inuries, Jamal would be great here. The downside is that Nellie seems to have a tendency to start Jamal, and I feel with his ability to get hot, there will be more reason for Nellie to try and start him. It would be better if we could have that scoring off the bench. We would have 2 twenty point scorers and 3 other double digit scorers in the starting lineup. Plus Jamal has two years left if he decides not to opt out. He could possibly hinder the growth of Marco, Morrow, and even Monta. He might be the best shooter of the 3, he's less consistent than Marco or CJ. He would be our Jason Terry
He's young, and he knows our system. He can also get hot and his passing game has improved. He has no D whatsoever. None. He can get steals, but that's about it. He would definitely be a good backup PG, and he could definitely see PT alongside Monta. There is a very good chance we will be out bid by other teams for him this summer.
He is the youngest, and he already has better D than Jamal or CJ. He plays the best perimeter D out of any of our guards, behind Jack. He has handles like a PG, he passes like a PG, but he has the body of a shooting guard. He also shoots well, although he seems streaky, but he He is the best compliment to Monta out of the 3 as well. He reminds me a lot of Manu Ginobili. Not obviously based on numbers but based on his playing style. He is still getting comfortable, but he has the most room to grow. He is only 23.
Towards the end of the season up until now I've been praying that Jamal should leave. But now I'm indifferent. He could go, we could try and sign CJ or, give all the playing time to Marco and Morrow, and maybe another rookie. If he stays he plays a backup role, and can be our 29 year old Jason Terry. Plus he's a vet. In all likely hood CJ is out, Jamal stays. Management may want to trade make a trade, but I don't think we need to. So my conclusion is that we should just let CJ walk, Jamal should stay, and we should make no trades. Because the onyl way we'll get value is by trading Randolph/Monta/Biedrins. Wright and Belinelli are seen as too injury prone, so they don't seem as valuable to other teams as they do to us. But that's great our squad is legit. Just hope they are all trying to work on D and that they can stay healthy.