tHe_pEsTiLeNcE wrote:no. Diogu tries as hard as anybody on that team but Matt Barnes and always has. Diogu is better than murphy and has been for a year. Diogu isn't playing because Nellie doesn't like his game. which he has a history of doing
This is where the argument turns purely into opinion.
I have no doubt that Diogu is better than Murphy, but he's ineffective if the offense doesn't run through him.
He's played 113 minutes since coming back (11 games; roughly 10.3 MPG). He's scored 71 points in that time (which is about 6.5 PPG in 10.3 minutes). That's pretty impressive, at a first glance... but not when you take into account that he's taken 46 shot attempts in that time (which is about 4.2 shot attempts per game).
And did I mention that he throws away 1.3 turnovers a night (in only 10 minutes)?
Taking into account the possessions where he's fouled and goes to the line (he averages about 3 free throws a game), along with the times he throws the ball away, the numbers clearly show that the offense is purely ran through Ike Diogu when he's on the floor. 6 offensive attempts
(4 shot attempts, the extra possession that results in free throws, and the turnover possession) in 10 minutes
Nelson understands that Diogu is only effective when he's getting the ball a lot. He scores and does it at a high percentage, which is good, for short term results. But Diogu doesn't play any defense (and, regardless of how much the opposition scores, the Warriors are a sound defensive team this year, shown by their team BPG and SPG numbers). Ike also doesn't set any screens (the way Biedrins, Murphy, and Foyle do) because he's too concerned setting up positioning for himself.
And, to end this tale of the rawness of Ike Diogu, he's still a hacker (committing 1.6 PF's in only 10 minutes; which would equal 4.9 PF's in a 30 minute showing).
Can everybody honestly not see how green the kid is? Let the guy develop a bit more and he'll be a force. Let Don Nelson work. Falling back on an imaginary grudge that Don Nelson holds -over a guy he's barely known for 3 months- is not logical.
The numbers speak for themselves. In order for Ike to be successful, he needs a horde of possessions, 4 other competent defenders who can cover his ass, and a referee who holds his whistle. More often than not, the Warriors can't supply him with this. So why don't we simply wait for him to develop his game?
Ike Diogu should conform to the Warriors' needs; not the other way around.