tradedunleavy wrote:but i just gotta say Pietrus IS our best defender and no player brings the energy he brings to the court.
I am not so sure I agree with this. Mikael is definitely one of the most athletic players on the team and has the ability to be a lock down defender, BUT.....he is not.
As another poster mentioned, his basketball IQ is very low. What I am getting at is that Mikael is usually assigned to guard the best player on the opposing team. In the past few games I have noticed him bodying the likes of Vince Carter, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James and getting called for unneccessary fouls 30 feet from the basket.
Now, some might say that those calls were made because he was guarding star players, but I watched the games and they were indeed fouls on Mikael.
I just think Mikael has a lot to learn defensively and all-around as a player as well. Just because someone is athletic, does not mean he is a good defender.
Being athletic means you have the potential to be a good lock-down defender, but being a good defender requires not just athleticism, but smarts and know-how as to the best way to position yourself to stop your respective opponent game in and game out.
In my book, Pietrus is a good player, but as others have said, he is not going to get all that much better. He is an above average role player who will likely be paid more than he is worth in the offseason. Therefore, if you can trade him to get a big in return that does not have a horrible contract, I would be in favor of the move.