I’m surprised that so many think Kevin Love and Kevin Martin for David Lee and Klay Thompson is a no-brainer for the Warriors.
Bogut-Love-Iggy-Martin-Curry strike you as a good lineup? Who guards the point guards? Iggy? Well, then who guards the other team’s best scorer? Who guards the SF?
This is an untenable lineup on the defensive end.
What about Bogut-Love-Green-Iggy-Curry, which is the one I’m guessing most of you prefer? Can’t you envision the offensive problems that unit will encounter?
You’ve got two sublime offensive players, surrounded by three non-scoring facilitators. As we’ve seen over and over in the NBA, these kinds of lineups are simply way too easy to defend. As an example, it allows opponents to put their best defender on Curry all game long, with virtual impunity. He’ll be looking at Kawhi Leonard and Matt Barnes and Paul George all season long.
Yes, the pick and pop with Love will be nice. But very little else will be open, much less efficient. You will have solved the problem of opening the floor with a stretch-four, at the price of creating several more problems.
[UPDATE: I see I forgot to consider a starting lineup with Harrison Barnes instead of Green at the SF. Probably because I simply can’t conceive of Barnes as an NBA regular on a winning team. However, this is probably exactly what GM Joe Lacob and his chief lackey/spokesmodel Bob Myers have in mind. For one thing, it gives them one more crack at proving that their over-hyped draft pick wasn’t disastrous. And for another, they probably don’t understand just how bad Barnes is at the defensive end. Will he or Iggy be used to guard the point guard? If it’s Iggy, that will expose Barnes badly againt potent two-guards. He can’t stay in front of them.
Add to that all of the well-chronicled offensive deficiencies in Barnes’ game, and you still have a trade that defies easy analysis.]
Something else no one seems to be considering: Kevin Martin sucks. He has been injured for much of the last three seasons. He’s almost never completely healthy. Even when healthy, he plays only one side of the court. And he has a horrible contract that the Warriors will never be able to get rid of.
I think most of you think Kevin Martin is a useful player. He’s not. At this stage of his career, he’s an albatross. A terrible, losing player. Which is why Sacto, then Houston and now the TWolves have been so anxious to move him.
Love for Lee might be a no-brainer. Love for Lee and a potential Hall of Fame small forward, plus choking on a horrible contract?