What do you guys think of Earl Clark? It's about time D'Antoni gave this guy a shot. He reminds of what Ariza used to do for the Lakers. He's giving the Lakers youth, speed, and athleticism that the Lakers are lacking. He's contributing on both sides of the floor. If he keeps playing like this do the Lakers bench Gasol or trade him?
I hate saying "bench him". It sounds like a demotion, but Gasol isnt a PF anymore, case closed. I would just have him backing up Howard, and only using them together if the matchups are right.
Considering Hills recent injury, and that, as bobbyb said, his days of playing PF are over, I would trade him for a few pieces. Obviously it would be difficult to get back equal value, but I think trading Gasol for a few solid players would be beneficial for the Lakers. Maybe an athletic wing to come off the bench and a solid (though lesser) big man would help round out their rotation.
It would be great for them to keep Gasol, as I think the Lakers' greatest strength is the individual abilities of their players, but I just have a hard time seeing them accomplishing much with no real role players or bench depth.
Earl Clark fits D'Antoni's system better than Paul Gasol. He's a 6'10" stretch forward who has 3 point range, rebounds well, and blocks shots.
The Lakers can move Pau Gasol to 6th man and he can sub in at Center for Dwight Howard.
I really had high hopes for Earl Clark coming out of L'ville and he has been somewhat disappointing so far because he has the size and talent to be a starter on many teams. With his physical tools he could be a poor mans Durant but obviously that's not happening. Pau is going to be out a couple more games at least and he can continue to grow and will have to take up Hills minutes. In DÁntonis system he's clearly a 4.
I loved Earl Clark at Louisville. He was the reason I watched them. I thought he would've been better sooner in his NBA career though. When Pau comes back, I would probably still start Pau. Earl would still get major minutes seeing that he adds another dimension to the Lakers that they have been desperately needing. But I wouldnt suggest making him the permanent starter at the moment. But as far as Pau goes, I would definitely test the market and see what we could get for him.
Yea he definitely can start for a playoff team, but he deifintely can not be the team's best player
I meant to post this on the thread about Kemba Walker. FML!
Athletic stretch fours in Mikes system playing beside Nash is never a bad idea..
clark is a perfect fit for mike d system as a stretch 4 as for pau if they could find a decent offer id trade him for sure he just isnt worth the money anymore
clark needs a skill to hang his hat on. i was a HUGE earl clark guy back in 09 when he declared. he had the kind of size that jumped out of the screen at u when he played at louisville, but he really hasnt polished any particular skill to get consistent minutes. he isnt a strong shooter, he also isnt a ball-handler really, and he settles alot. he is a good athlete and the size and nice passing skills are there still there, but he really is a classic tweener who needs to find a niche. he has a good chance to right now tho
I dont think he had a fair shot in Phoenix, he showed flashes of talent and athleticism but (then coach) Terry Porter's lack of confidence in perfectly good players, like Jared Dudley whom he seldem used, probably destroyed his confidence and didnt give him a chance to showcase the athleticism and the talent he has. Good for him, I hope he has found a home.
Clark is a better fit in the starting line-up than Gasol simply because Clark is physically superior in terms of athletic ability. The Lakers for obvious reasons shouldn't be an outright running team especially when your starting line-up consists of a near 40 year old, a couple of mid 30's and a 32 year old Gasol. Clark's vibrancy has shown a similar "feel good" factor that past spark plugs Ariza and Brown displayed during their stints in LA, but i'd call for Nash and Artest (refuse to call him by his new name) to have their roles reduced and throw guys like Darius Morris into the fold who's shown he can run and brings some flair in his passing and Clark is a combo forward that can alternate between the two positions.
Right now they need someone who is energetic and has the drive to learn and he'll be in good company when you consider the experience on the Lakers' current roster and D'Antoni is known to find guys that can contribute, most recently Jeremy Lin others include Shawn Marion, Boris Diaw (moving him to power forward opened up his game) and Barbosa. D'Antoni has a knack for unearthing guys who are system players.