uptempo wrote:Centers and low block players were never Nelson's cup of tea. He had Patrick Ewing jacking up three point shots and got his tired ass fired from the Knicks because of his misuse of Ewing on the perimeter. Look for POB, Biedrens, and Foyle playing at the top of the arc and shooting threes.
You bring up a great point, uptempo: Nelly's always been a fan of big guys who can shoot.
Now, the obvious thing to predict is that Troy Murphy will start at center (because of his range... Nelly loves that in a big man)... but the other (more curious idea) involves the big rookie. Patrick O'Bryant was hitting jumpers 16, 17, 18 feet out in summer league play! Anybody else think there's a possibility of him becoming Nelson's pet this season, busting his ass to improve his outside jumper, while swatting big men on defense?
Sounds like a whole new kind of species for an NBA big man. Usually, the big guys with outside jumpers don't get their hands dirty on D. O'Bryant has the potential to be the first nasty 7'0" defender with an outside J. Nothing extremely dangerous (we're not talking about the next Dirk here... or a 7-foot Ray Allen); just something to keep the defense honest. Say, 37-39% from around 20 feet? 32% from the arc? Realistic. Attainable. Up Don Nelson's alley. And not a complete stretch for someone like O'Bryant; whose already shown outside savy.
If I'm Nelly, my mouth is already watering with the idea.