Darren Collison and Marcus Thornton
With the emmergence of these two rookie guards for the Hornets, what do you think will be the scenario once Chris Paul returns. Who sees a large reduction in minutes? Who keeps up the recent production?
Collison has been playing great..He's lucky to be learning & watching Chris Paul..Who makes his teammmates so much better..I see Paul & Collison playing in the backcourt at the same time,during some moments of a game.....The Hornets have heard the accolades opposing coaches have given Collison.So they might try to showcase him for a trade this summer..Veteran James Posey is like the groundhog he comes out ..Causes a stir for a day..With a clutch basket or crucial play..Then disappears..Unless Posey can show up for more than 1 game, Thornton minutes will not decrease...
Thornton has been lighting it up lately. As long as he keeps it up I don't see how you can reduce his minutes that much. And Collison is under a rookie contract so I would assume that they would keep him unless they can get major value for him. He is a good insurance policy in case Paul gets hurt again.
i used to think collins was more of a scorer but watching him and his numbers speak other wise he gets assist by putting guys in the position to score..did it very well in helping west get that 40. and was the same way when he was back in ucla. this guy is a true pg. you need assist he can do that you need scoring he can do that as well
I am very suprised by Collinson's play of late but than again like most people say give me the time and I will put up numbers as is the case with Al thornton and Andre Blatche.... I hate to be undermining Collinson's play, but what would bayless do if given these minutes as well as all the players overseas such as Gerald Green, or Pops mensah bonsu (AKA DAVID LEE MORE ATHLETIC) Can anyone help me understand what goes through GM's minds.
i see what youre saying. green has been given many chances, in away i can see the thortan and andre thing except collins is only a rookie and i think the char has been winning more then the wiz. pops is good but has never shown to be good enough to do as well as collins
The only way they trade Collison is if they get to dump one of their bad contracts with him. Collison makes too little to net you another good player by himself and it wouldn't make sense to trade him for a draft pick because then you take the chance of getting a guy that is not as good and probably a guy that makes more money which NO has shown they don't plan to do.
As for Al Thornton, the guy just has a low basketball IQ. He's the type of player that isn't going to get much playing time on a good or disciplined team. Green had plenty of chances and never got anything done. Maybe he will come back from Europe more mature and with a better work ethic because the talent is there.
They should deal Collison this summer. No doubt in my mind. His stock will never be higher, and he will never be the starter as long as Paul is with the team. They might want to package him with Okafor to a team that could net them a 3 and some financial savings.
Would Detroit go for a Tayshaun and Stuckey for Okafor and Collison swap? Detroit gets a true point and a big. New Orleans gets a starting 3 and the kind of combo guard who can get minutes off the bench backing up both Paul and Thornton.
What would Miami, New York, or Sacramento give up to make him their point?
We dont know who will get Wall or lose out on the free agent wars but i think Colison should be kept until they can get a replacement and a quality starting small forward. They could also use depth at any other position. I would try to move Collison with Petterson contract since he give Hornets nothing. Next year will be his last.
why trade collins?..what if paul gets hurt again?..why not keep him and build liek sac town with bibby and jackson. better safe then sorry. paul goes down collins is gone..team end up like nets..coach loses his job
Teams can find solid backups, but if New Orleans can find a team willing to offer up a package worthy of a starting point guard for Collison, then why not? If they want to get themselves closer to competing for a title, they need to address their other problems. They have a lot of money wrapped up in Okafor, Posey, and Mo-Pete. They aren't producing. To turn an bad asset into a good one (or at least decent) they probably have to grease the wheel with a guy like Collison.
My guess is if they can get a good offer for Collison they will bring back Paul's buddy Pargo to his backup again.
if they can get a young future star then year but i wouldnt give him up for a average nba player or even just a good nba player.
Darren Collison is far from being a scorer. He's a playmaker in its truest form. I just love this guys poise at that position since he was at ucla. He really showed that ability once he took the reigns at point his soph yr. He just plays at a pace, and level at control that I want guys like Kemba Walker to arrive at. A lot of his high scoring output is simply cause his team really needs him to score right now on the hornets. Anyway, I say you never go wrong having a solid backup pg who you know there's little dropoff when he comes in. I say you keep him and let him backup Paul until his rookie contract is up and he's a restricted free agent after his 4th yr. You get the most you can for him at that point maybe. But you don't do nothing premature and just trade him after you got great value you from him at the 21st pick, unless it's something you absolutely can't turn down. They could even play him and Paul together at times. Teams all over the league seem to be doing that now, regardless of size, just to get more speed and playmaking out there. Thornton's role should be unaffected, he's a guy who just a machine, I liked him last yr at LSU. If anything Paul's return will enhance Thornton's abilities since they'll be more focus on Paul.