Posted on: January 31, 2011 11:20 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2011 11:35 pm

Cavs should look at Dalembert

Even though now losers in 35 of their last 38 games, I refuse to believe that Lebron meant so much to this franchise that they'd immediately go from first to worst in the Eastern Conference.  I refuse.  Still, this is truly unbelieveable how the Cavs have fallen flat on their face since starting 5-5.

Along with LeClown, Cleveland also lost a lot of size with the departures of Shaq and Z, and their interior defense has suffered as a result.  This is probably the area the Cavs need to address the most.  While Anderson Varejao does the dirty work you'd like to see out of your starting center (before he got hurt), he's a little undersized for the position.  One solution could be Sacramento's Samuel DalembertDeMarcus Cousins has emerged as the starting center for Sacto and clearly their guy for the future, leaving little use for the veteran Dalembert.  So, I've come up with a trade idea that would make sense for both sides:

Cavaliers get - Samuel Dalembert, Darnell Jackson

Kings get - Daniel Gibson, Jamario Moon, and Ryan Hollins

The way I see it, the Cavs need Dalembert's size more than they need Boobie's one-dimensional gunning.  Even if Dalembert leaves as a free agent at the end of the season, his exping contract would give Celeveland some needed cap relief and and opportunity to salvage something on what has been a dreadful season.

For the Kings, Gibson would obviously be the key component in this trade.  His shooting would make him a decent fit next to Tyreke Evans and at least gives them something back for Dalembert, who isn't likely to return next season.  Moon is an expiring contract, and yet another questionable signing made by former Cavs GM Danny Ferry (along with his 2005 signings of Larry Hughes, Donyell Marshall, and Damon Jones that would clog up the team's salary cap for years to come).  Hollins is a servicable third-string center, if there ever was such a thing.  OK, so Hollins sucks at basketball, but at least he isn't being paid much and is only under contract until 2012.  Heading back the other way to make the numbers work is Jackson, a former Cavalier, who's been a winner if nothing else - He was the starting center on the 2008 National Champion Kansas Jayhawks.

Even though I'd probably give Byron Scott some more time to make some progress, but if Scott was to be fired after just one season, I wouldn't be too upset if I was a Cleveland fan.  I'm starting to figure out why the Hornets canned him just last season.  His rotations have been questionable to say the least.  For one, he has Antawn Jamison floating around on the perimeter.  He's 34 years old, Byron.  He can't play there anymore.  Though Jamison (17.1 PPG, 6.6 RPG) is still putting up solid numbers, he's settled for a considerably greater amount of threes this season than he has in any season of his career.

Scott's use of Ramon Sessions, Cleveland's top off-season aquisition, has also been rather peculiar.  You'd think Scott's guard-oriented system would play to Ramon's strengths, but Scott doesn't seem to like to use Sessions as an undersized shooting guard alongside Williams, which is probably his more-natural position as it is.  It's not like the Cavs are going anywhere this year, so I don't know why it would hurt to experiment a little bit.  For whatever reason, Scott seems to be more comfortable with undrafted rookie Manny Harris at that spot.

No doubt LeBron's decision was a rude awakening for Mo Williams, who seemed to view playing with LeBron as a right instead of a privlege.  Williams, though, has become a better player dishing the ball (a career-high 7.1 assists per game this season) as a result, even if his three-point percentage is uncharacteristically low (just 26.6%).

I proabably wouldn't trade either Williams or Jamison at the the coming month's trade deadline if I was the Cavs.  Neither player has particularly high trade value at the moment and because both carry hefty contracts, Cleveland would get next to nothing in return.  However, I might shop Jamison this summer as his contract reaches expiring status.  Jamison will make just over $15 million in 2011-12.

Regardless of what happens, 2011 is looking like another tough offseason in Cleveland, even if it can't possibly be worse than it was in 2010.
Posted on: May 15, 2009 12:50 pm
Edited on: May 15, 2009 1:55 pm

A Tribute to Jerry Stackhouse

Lingering foot pain has limited the 34-year-old veteran to just 10 games and a mediocre 4.2 points per game this year, leading to speculation that his career could be over.  If he has indeed played his last NBA game, Jerry Stackhouse will go down as one of the more underappreciated players of this era, plus he had one of the best names in basketball history.

A pure scorer who made a living at getting to the free-throw line, Jerry entered the NBA as your typical overhyped Carolina product.  Drafted 3rd overall in 1995 by the Philadelphia 76ers, he was unfairly hyped as the next Michael Jordan.  Though he didn't come close to meeting those expectations, he had a very solid rookie season, averaging 19.2 points, 3.9 assists, and 3.7 rebounds per game.  That offseason, however, the Sixers drafted Allen Iverson, and there proved not to be enough room in the backcourt for both scoring stars.  Stackhouse, in turn, would be traded to the Detroit Pistons early in his third season in exchange for Theo Ratliff

In Detroit, they already had Grant Hill and Joe Dumars at the wing positions, so Stackhouse had to settle for a reserve role.  After Dumars retired in 1999, Stackhouse took over as the Detroit's starting SG for the 99-00 season.  He did not disappoint, averaging 23.6 points per game as the Pistons squeaked into the Playoffs.  Grant Hill left as a free agent that offseason, and Stackhouse would finally get his opportunity to be a team's #1 option.

That next season, he displayed such indiviual success that has never been seen before in the history of Detroit basketball.  On April 3, 2001, Stackhouse scored a career-high 57 points in a win over the Chicago Bulls, and in a game against my Indiana Pacers, he scored 40 of his team's 73 points on 14-for-28 shooting in an 82-73 loss.  For the 00-01 season alone, Stackhouse scored at least 40 points eight times and averages a Pistons frachise record 29.8 points per game, also good for second in the NBA.  As a group, however, the Pistons struggled, winning just 32 games.

Changes would be made.  During the 2001 offseason, the team signed Clifford Robinson away from the Phoenix Suns for scoring help and hired Rick Carlisle as head coach.  Carlisle immediately sat down with Stackhouse and told him that in order for the team to be successful, he needed to be more of a leader rather than just a scorer.  As a result, Stackhouse recorded double-digit assist five times during the 01-02 season and averaged 21.4 points per game.  Detroit won 50 games, Carlisle won Coach of the Year, and Stackhouse finished 4th in the Most Improved Player voting.

After the Boston Celtics eliminated the Pistons in 5 games in the 2nd round, a series in which Stackhouse shot just 32% from the field, GM Joe Dumars questioned if he was the player they wanted to build around, as Stackhouse was due to be a free agent in 2003.  In a gutsy move, Dumars sent Stackhouse to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Rip Hamilton and a couple of throw-ins just before the 02-03 season started.

In Washington, Stackhouse would team up with a 40-year-old Michael Jordan.  Jerry actually had one of the best seasons of his career in 02-03, averaging 21.5 points, 4.5 assists, and 3.7 rebounds per game, yet despite the fact that Stackhouse led the Wiz in every major category, Jordan was getting all the credit, mainly because his name was "Michael Jordan", and Stackhouse would be snubbed from the All-Star team.

After Jordan retired for the third time in 2003, Stackhouse appeared to once again be the main guy.  However, the Wizards had signed Gilbert Arenas to be its player of the future, and Stackhouse was criticized for believing the team should be built around him.  The timing could not have been worse for Stack, as a knee injury limited him to just 20 games and 13.9 points per game in 03-04.  Stackhouse would be traded yet again in 2004, this time to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Antawn Jamison.

Eager to prove his doubters wrong, Stackhouse accepted his 6th man role with the Mavs and averaged an impressive 14.9 points per game off the bench in 04-05, as the Mavs won 58 games.  The following season, Dallas advanced to the NBA Finals.  It's easy to argue that the NBA robbed Stackhouse of a ring when they suspended him for Game 5 after committing a hard foul on one of Stern's golden boys, Shaquille O'Neal.  The Mavs would proceed to lose the game, and the series to the Miami Heat in 6.

Stackhouse would bounce back from his NBA Finals disappointment in 2006 to shoot a career-high 38.3 percent from 3-point range in 2007, only to see his team lose in the first round to the Golden State Warriors in one of the greatest upsets in NBA history.  In this 08-09 season to forget for Stackhouse, he did have his brief moments, scoring 17 off the bench against the Lakers and 10 against the Clippers.

If this is the end of his career, he leaves the game with 15,749 career points, averages of 18.4 points, 3.7 assists, and 3.4 rebounds, and two All-Star appearances (2000 and 2001).  A solid NBA career indeed.
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