8th ave wrote:the morning of the day after the draft...
so i've slept on it, and the only way the klay thompson pick would make sense to me is if we traded stephen curry, who some believe has more stock value than monta ellis... here are my reasons...
1. my biggest concern is that if we trade ellis, we won't have the ability to get into the lane... one thing that monta can do that both thompson and curry isn't capable of is getting to the rim with ease and finishing in spectacular fashion...
2. if we kept curry and traded monta, i would assume that our scorers, in no particular scoring option order, would be curry, thompson, wright, and lee... ALL of those guys are jump shooters, and the days that the shots arent falling, we'd be doomed... i think we can all agree that points in the paint is one of the important keys/stat to winning a game outside of rebounding and opponent ppg
3. we should trade curry because it will solve the small backcourt issue of size because thompson is basically a taller stephen curry! we could slide monta to the 1, insert klay at the 2, and tadao.... no more small backcourt issue and we still have a lightsout shooter in thompson
4. i've already stated this earlier, but curry probably has more trade value than ellis.... if we could package andris with curry to make salaries work, maybe we could acquire a legitimate big man like andrew bynum or pau gasol with recent rumors suggesting they are available... would make sense to both sides since the lakers are crazily over the cap and have a big need at the pg position...
For points 1 & 2 you didn't take into account who we would have traded Monta for. It's reasonable to assume he is worth in value a Deng or Iggy type, who are #2 scorers who excel as slashers. A backcourt of Curry and Thompson with Iggy (for example) at SF is pretty complete and covers most facets of the game. But getting Chicago or Philly to want Monta seems less and less likely.
Overall I agree with your point that if we want a legit C it's going to take trading Curry. I just don't personally trust Monta as a PG. It'll solve one position problem but create another.