I don't know about you guys, but is there anyone else out there who thinks they should absolutely not make this trade? I understand all of the benefits Amar'e Stoudamire brings to the table, but is he really worth all of this?
Like most of you, I've heard all of these Amare rumors going around and the Warriors sending Phoenix Andris Biedrins, Brandan Wright, Marco Belinelli, and Kelenna Azubuike for Amar'e and how we are supposed to get that low post 4 we've been looking for who rebounds and scores on the block, something we've been begging for for years as fans.
However, does anyone realize that we are giving away our most consistent rebounder to do that? Andris absolutely inhales rebounds and Kelenna and Brandan get their share too and I think you could see Wright get even more if he played healthy for a season. Fact is, Amar'e has never average 10 rebounds per game for an entire season IN HIS CAREER. NOT ONCE. In fact, if you look at their career rebounding numbers, Amar'e doesn't even have a 1 rebound lead over Andris in their RPG (rebounds per game 8.7 to 8.2 for career) Even to another point, Andris protects the ball much better than Amar'e; career numbers have Amar'e at 2.6 TOPG Andris's 1.1. Let's not forget also, Amar'e is coming off another major surgery and has a slight injury tag and would be looking for a big deal heading into his 30's soon. Andris won't be 24 until most of the way through next season and hasn't had a single major injury.
Not only that, but then you'd be throwing the Suns another 14 PPG and 5 RBP from Kelenna, 8 PPG and 4 RPG from Wright (who hasn't turned 22 yet, though is fighting the injury prone tag right now) and even another 8 PPG from Belinelli who I think could be a great asset off the bench, if not starter a la Manu Ginobili for the Warriors if given a chance; It might be a stretch, but wouldn't be surprised if he turned out along those lines.
So total they would be sending the Suns 42 PPG, 22 RPG from 4 players, only one over the age of 25(Kelenna) with only one on a contract paying any significant amount of money (Biedrins) and two players who have shown they can more than handle themselves as players in this league (Wright and Belinelli)
I can't believe the Warriors actually offered this trade because if they did and Steve Kerr turned it down he should be fired. The Suns "rebuilding" process would be started and finished with this trade with the talent they would receive.
Andris steps in to replace Shaq as a big man who rebounds and gets up and down the floor to better suit Alvin Gentry's pace.
Wright gives them another big to fill the floor with great length and athleticism to start or back up Louis Amundson.
Kelenna steps in to fill the opening left by Grant Hill at either the 2 or the 3 and fills their need of a spot up shooter who can create his own shot as well.
Marco gives them a 1-2 combo guard that they could really use since they don't have a solid back up guard who can distribute the ball and score some as well since Dragic isn't there yet and Barbosa doesn't pass enough.
I can't believe this deal hasn't happened from the Suns side, but I am very grateful from the Warriors. I am glad that Phoenix is hung up on Stephen Curry not being in the deal because it allows us to keep the talent we have that we could have foolishly gotten rid of. The Warriors are a talented team, it's just a matter of sorting through what talent they want to keep and what they want to get rid of. They need to decide if Monta is their player to build around or not so they can figure out where to go with their glut of guards. Decide if Stephen Jackson is your starting SG or PF or in between depending on Nellie's planning. Figure out if they can trade Maggette or if they will keep splitting up very small minutes to Anthony Morrow, Kelenna, Marco, CJ Watson and Co. Decide if they like Wright as much as many do and if they want him around. Figure out if Anthony Randolph is a 3, 4 or 5. Last but not least, figure out where Stephen Curry is even going to play.
If Riley can actually figure this out and bring in a low post player who gives the Warriors some more grit, defense, rebounding and energy to play in their uptempo offense, then great. I just hope he uses some discretion along the way because I am one Warriors fan hoping Amar'e stays away from the Bay Area given the costs.