ESPN has a recent article of high targets for teams, where different guys said their peace on the player. I wanted to borrow this idea, and throw out my own thoughts on each target.
1. Buying or not buying: Amar’e Stoudemire
Amar’e Stoudmire is an interesting case because you know what he can bring to the table, but do you want to pay him all that money. Plus he’s been so injured prone the last few years, is it worth the risk? I almost feel like he’s better suited off the bench to help solidify that unit for a team. If you have some good front court players in place, that’s where I would ship him. But I don’t think anyone is really BUYING into the idea of Stoudemire as something of value anymore.
2. Buying or not buying: Brook Lopez.
At the beginning of the season, I wasn’t sold on Brook Lopez, but now that I’ve seen him play in person, I have to change my tune. He outplayed Roy Hibbert last night, and that’s saying something seeing how Hibbert has been so strong defensively. Lopez was hitting outside and inside shots. He grabbed some boards, and actually looked to be a good focal point of the offense without Deron Williams. The Nets get back Deron Williams, and who knows if Lopez is as much a part of the offense. But I would BUY into the idea that Lopez is a good piece to add to your team. Especially, if you need that big man presence. He’s got my All Star vote last night with his play.
3. Buying or not buying: Vince Carter.
Didn’t think I would say this, but as a bench player, Vince Carter could be serviceable. I don’t think he’s going to go out and get you that many points and high light reels like he used to. But for some leadership and veteran presence why not? I don’t think he’s ever been looked down upon that much other than the thought that his career just tailed off when he got injured. He’s never been that big of a flyer anymore. He was always looked to be the next Jordan, and that was some pressure. But for some role player, he could be worth the buy.
4. Buying or not buying: Jameer Nelson.
I don’t think Nelson is worth the buy. He’s an adequate point guard, but doesn’t stand out as someone you want leading that team in that area. Maybe as a back up guy, he could thrive and help a second unit. But he’s not worth the money as a starting point guard.
5. Buying or not buying: Kyle Korver.
You want to bring someone in to hit some three pointers, then buy Kyle Korver. As a Pacer fan, I feel like he’s always burned the home team here. He’s hit a big shot to take the lead or win the game at the end. I would probably use him in a limited role because defensively he’s not that good. But you bring him in the second unit, and get him some set shots, he’ll make them.