Let’s just get this out of the way early: Dr. JAE does not give away grades. There is no generous "curve". He will not succumb to this era of diminished expectations that is reflected in feel-good touchy-feely gift grades where every excuse somehow bumps up marks a letter grade for fear of someone’s ego being bruised.
Find out after the jump.
OK, no one got an A. No one deserved one.
Stephen Curry: B+
It is also an anomalous grade on this squad.
That is what the game is about, isn’t it? Winning?
We’ve seen the excuses. "He had no one to pass to." This is neither true, nor would such an excuse warrant much forgiveness for the ball-hoggedly play. Good players are supposed to "make their teammates better". Good players ‘take over’ and will their teams to win. Monta did neither. Perhaps Morrow and Watson and Curry and Maggette would have missed that extra shot attempt a game a pass from a triple teamed Monta should have resulted in. Perhaps <scoff> the rest of the team had hit their optimal ledge beyond which any addition FGA was more than certain to miss. It seems unlikely that these guys, all of whom were significantly more efficient from the field were maxed out such that every additional shot was going to be case of significant diminishing returns. Perhaps <scoff>, but with Monta’s head-down drive style and tunnel vision focus on his own shot, we never got a chance to find out. The team did not fall apart when he was off the court and actually performed significantly better when he was on the bench or in street clothes. That might be a result of small sample size of non-Monta minutes, but it certainly doesn’t lend the slightest bit of evidence to the misguided notion that he was the only thing keeping the Warriors from losing by 20 ever night. He was, however, a significant part of the reason we were losing by 6 most nights. Finishing in the bottom quarter of the league in scoring efficiency, tops in the league in turnovers with an assist to turnover ratio that ranks as poor for an off guard, let alone a player who for large sections of the season was running the point, watching his rebounding slip to below average for an NBA point guard (and quite a bit below average for an off guard) and there’s not a whole lot left to like. In sum, he’d have to conjure up favorable comparisons to Michael Cooper, Alvin Robertson or the late Dennis Johnson at the defensive end to offset these negatives. He didn’t.
Andris Biedrins: D-
The end of 08-09 saw
Kelenna Azubuike: Derailed by injury early.
Coby Karl: The most interesting thing about Coby Karl was seeing his first name misspelled as "
Looking back at it, I still think I'm being generous.
Are these grades fair?
This poll is closed
Are you kidding? You're being far too generous.