Carl Landry: Better Than I Thought
I've been touting Carl Landry for the longest time as an excellent 6th man who's game I love. I have to admit that I somehow underrated the guy, he's better than I thought. Apparently he's starting in Sacramento and doing a fantastic job. Check out his stats from tonight's game.
12 for 16 from the field for a total of 30 points
With Tyreke Evans emerging in the back court as a future super star, I think Sacramento is one player away from making a run for the playoffs next season. It will be interesting to see who they draft and/or sign as a Free Agent.
And Beno has been playing out of his mind in the last couple as well.
With Kevin Martin now injured again- that NY, Hou, Sac deal is beginning to look like a winner for Sac-town. Credit Geoff Petrie, one of the best GMs in the business (we've said it before) for making a great move. Speaking of great GMs, Daryl Morey was able to stockpile NY picks and grabbed a potential stud in Jordan Hill (yes we still like him a lot) and could still end up the ultimate winner. and the Knicks... WOW hope they are able to use the cap space. Because giving all that up (2 #1s plus Hill) for Joe Johnson (or the like) would be tragic...
PS: Can we please stop comparing EVERY 6-7 power forward to Carl Landry?? He was listed at 6-7 in college, but is actually 6-9. 6-8 barefoot in official measurements... Some people know the deal. But I see it far too often in articles and even speak to NBA scouts that think he's just 6-7! Carl Landry is 6-9 with a huge wingspan. He's a legit PF, and NOT undersized. When comparing small college power forwards to other NBA guys, just forget about Landry..... Damion James is not comparable to Landry! Different positions. James can defend on the perimeter and shoot. Just because he lacks any ball skills doesn't make him a 4.
PPS:We had Landry higher than anyone (that projects the draft on a regular basis) throughout his senior year. And Sam Presti (one of the top minds in the business) dealt him away on draft night for a future second rounder. Nobody's perfect....
PPPS: Yes we missed the boat on Tyreke. We ripped the pick and said he was a potential bust going 4th overall.....We knew he was good. But he's exceeded ALL expectations. Scouts told us "He's better than you think" and "He's a great kid." Response was: Yeah but. Yeah but. But... the incident..... Involved in a shooting, driving the car.... Relative shot a guy. (thought in the back of some people's mind's: What if it was him?? Would the story have been any different???) A tough thing to look past..... Then it was the fact that he lacks a position (not a PG). Too ball dominant, How can you ever win with a guy like that? One big game in college (Missouri)... OOPS!!!
Excuse us Tyreke, Mr. 2009-10 ROY! Go on with your bad self! It's no wonder the Kings went out of their minds when he didn't miss a shot in his workout with the team! He's turned out to be a great pick, and the new face of the franchise. Tyreke can get anywhere he wants on the floor. And in today's NBA where you get a foul for a hand check, that's huge. Even at the off-guard position. Also - People overlook the fact that he's got a chance to be a lockdown defender, if he puts his mind to it. His freakish first step, length and skills make him a seat filler and excellent #1 for a bad team, and potentially a #2 for a very good team. (Lets hope he can embrace the #2 role in the future). Does anyone see him as a franchise player (team's #1) that can lead a team to win a playoff series? McGrady never did it... Regardless, 1 team wins the title every year and 2-3 GMs lose their jobs. Is Tyreke a guy you can build an NBA championship team around? Does it matter??
Can't build around Tyreke as a pg, as a sg yes..pg? no.....McGrady you could build around, unfortunate career due to injuries to either him or his righthand man Yao really screwed them over alot of years! An injury free McGrady was better than Kobe...In my opinion
James Harden is a nice player too. A player that can be a star or a role player depending on the situation. a lot of people missed on the Carl Laundry pick because so people are just hard gauge. Houston sometimes did not play him much but gave him like 20 minutes unlike Sactown who gives him over 30. He fits in well with them but obviously he had limitations that cause people to not think he would be a good fit but he worked hard and improved since being drafted
Only time a point guard or a guard in general wins a championship is if he has other established all stars around him.
I think on a championship caliber team he plays off of a big man.
Historically, only time a PG wins is if he has more talented scorers around him and he can act as one of the last options.
Magic Johnson had 3 other 20ppg scorers on his team
Dennis Johnson had 3 other 20 ppg scorers on his team
Chauncey Billups had Rip Hamilton and a whole bunch of defense
Rondo had the big 3 and was losing even with Paul Pierce Al Jefferson and Perkins
Payton/Wade had Shaq
point guards will never be as good a scorer as a true small forward,
then again there is the Allen Iverson method, great scorer with a whole bunch of defense (kings=whole bunch of offense).
where he couldve made the playoffs
OJ Mayo (play off guard shoot 3s pressure release shooter)
Most team in the NBA have a bunch of talented players. Few teams have less than that. Nets have Lopez and Harris plus young talent and they are losing a lot. even Jordan had Pippen and comp like Horace Grant, Bill Cartright and others. No one player can do it by himself but Jordan has come the close to doing so.
Carl Landry measured 6'7.75' w/o shoes so how does that equate to 6'10'. That is about 6'9" in shoes and also he has a tall wingspan. That seems pretty legit of a height for a power forward to me. Damion James may measure close to this as well though but i think he will be a better small forward though.
All of us have our favorite players that we feel don't get enough recognition for whatever reason. We like it when others also see the same qualities in them. But when a guy is even better than you imagined, it gives you a great feeling.
As I said earlier in this thread, I've been touting Carl Landry for a long time, pointing out how valuable he was coming off the bench. But I never imagined that he could become a star in the NBA. I realize he still has a long way to go and he must prove he has what it takes over an extended period of time. But now I'm beginning to realize that Carl Landry could be something special.
can we really say jordan has come the closest to doing it by himself?..hes had scottie pippen each time and grant who was a allatr talent and then rodman who also was a all star and one of the top rebounders ever