Doesn’t look like I’m going to be able to post on the Lee trade until after the tournament; apologies to those who have been checking back for it. I just have too much to do on my days off here: friends to catch up with, summer league games to catch. And of course, the matter of returning my focus to where it’s needed most. Several posts on the Warriors moves are coming soon, though, I promise. I have too much to say to dog it.
Regarding the latest move to sign Dorell Wright, and let Anthony Morrow walk: Again, as with the Lee trade, I am ecstatic, and again, I’ll post more on this later. I can sum up my feelings on this “trade” quite simply: Anthony Morrow, not an NBA player (sorry). Dorell Wright, NBA PLAYER.
Morrow cannot guard anyone in this league. He is WAY too slow to guard 2s. And he’s undersized against 3s. On offense, he’s almost strictly a specialist. He’s deadly when open, but he cannot get his shot when he’s closely guarded. Can’t rise over them, can’t dribble around them. Which means he will never be anything but a complete bust in the playoffs. Love him as a man, but that’s been my analysis and remains my analysis.
DWright is the antithesis of Morrow. A 6-9″ athlete who plays above the rim. Runs the floor. Highlight reel dunker. Highlight reel shot blocker. FANTASTIC ON THE BALL DEFENDER. Shoots the three (38%). A youngster about to come into his own.
Could someone please post a video of Wright here? (And thanks for the Lee videos!) A word of advice: Don’t watch the video unless you have a strong heart. Mine is beating like mad:
The Warriors have their roster, and for the first time in the second Don Nelson era, it is complete. This is a playoff team.
Thank you, Don Nelson.
A postscript on Brandan Wright: I saw him up close (courtside) at the Ws summer league game yesterday, where he was the focus of the Ws offense. I was not impressed.
Wright can jump out of the building. He will always be a fantastic finisher on the break, and on the offensive boards. He also has developed a decent short (10′) turnaround jumper as a counter when he can’t go left. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that all of the problems that plagued him 2 years ago still remain. Terrible handle. Terrible court vision. Terrible decision-making. No range on his shot, and HE WILL NOT DEVELOP RANGE. Just trust me on this: his free throws, when they spin at all, spin sideways. They’re knuckleballs. Brandan Wright is not a three, and he will never be a three.
I am also on record as not believing that Wright is an NBA four (check out my pre-season player evaluations for more on this). He’s undersized still, and still has a very obvious aversion to contact. He has no instinct for rebounding. Never rebounds in fact unless the ball literally drops on his head. He appeared to have neither the desire nor ability to make an impact in yesterday’s game. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again (adding my voice to Jackson’s and Turiaf’s and Smart’s): No Heart. Or as Nellie puts it, he just doesn’t “get it.”
Which of course leads me to Nellie’s comment in last years’ training camp that BWright was his best power forward. As a veteran Nellieologist, I am as a result of watching this putrid BWright performance convinced that Nellie made that comment to 1) light a fire under Anthony Randolph; and 2) light a fire under opposing GMs.