Clif25 wrote:My doubts are because of his size, he looks small.
Well, after playing a large position his whole life, he's learned to cope. What he doesn't have in height, he makes up for with slick post moves, a solid midrange J, and the ability to get bumped while putting the ball in. Plus, you may not know that Ike Diogu has a 7'4" wingspan, so blocking shots, rebounding, and shooting over players isn't as tough as it would seem at 6'8". He's smaller than most PF's, that's true, but don't think he's handicapped in any way. Disregarding the Heat game (where Shaq bent him over a table and had his way with him), I've yet to see Ike be physically handled by anybody. His height doesn't hurt him.
Clif25 wrote:In retrospect. If I knew that Chris Taft would had been available in the second round, then I think going with Granger would have been better for this team.
I could have lived with that. Danny Granger's got skills and he might have brought the frontcourt toughness we need. However, we've already got one project for center (Biedrins). Bringing in another would do to Granger what is being done to Taft right now: he'd become a habitual towel and Gatorade boy. Murphy plays 80% of the minutes at the PF spot, giving Ike somewhere between 15-20% of the time. Chris Taft will be lucky to see 5 minutes a game when he comes back. I've a hunch Granger would have been more of the same.
Clif25 wrote:If Diogu can become money from 15-18 feet from the basket, then that will help him a lot.
I think his midrange is fine, actually. I mean, he'll never be the type of Troy Murphy, step-back-to-20-feet shooter that would seriously compliment his inside game, but he's got a decent jumper out to about 17 or 18 feet. I don't see Ike miss many shots (jumpers included).
Clif25 wrote:Because if we just put him in the post against other starting PF's, or centers, then I think he will struggle
Maybe. But, then again, in the game against Detroit in November, Ike was paired up with Rasheed Wallace (6'11") for 30 minutes and scored over 25 points. Sheed was confused on how to guard such a combination of inside/outside game. His 25+ points also included a jam over the 3-time, 3-time, 3-time Defensive Player of the Year, Ben Wallace. I think you're concerns about Ike being undersized may yet be addressed by his physical play, combined with a sweet touch. If given more minutes to prove himself, I think Ike could silence many of the nagging doubts Warriors fans still have surrounding him.