You can never really tell, until you’ve seen them play together, how well NBA players will fit together on a team. Some pairings are inspired, like Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett or Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. Others, like Gasol and Dwight Howard, or Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire, never really click.
Will this season’s new player combinations click? Twelve games might not be enough time to really make an assessment, but based on what we’ve seen so far, we should be able to make an implication.
via Waiver Wire: New Pairings.
Will the Rockets honor Asik’s request? For now, the answer seems to be no. According to an ESPN report, Asik has been informed that the team is not seeking a deal. Of course, things could change. Denying Asik’s initial request might just be Rockets’ general manager Daryl Morey’s way of saying, “I’m not making a move until the market develops.”
If Morey does opt to deal his disgruntled big man, a “stretch four” would be the logical target. Power forwards with the ability to step out and hit a three have thrived playing next to Howard, Rashard Lewis in Orlando being one of the most obvious examples. Someone like New Orleans’ Ryan Anderson, who is working his way back from a toe injury, would make a lot of sense for Houston.
via Waiver Wire: Coaching Hot Seat.
Woodson has stubbornly insisted on playing a more traditional lineup this season, with Chandler at center, Bargnani at power forward, Anthony at the three and Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert in the backcourt. Last season, the Knicks were much more successful playing a small lineup, with Anthony at the four and two point guards – Felton and Pablo Prigioni or Jason Kidd – in the backcourt. Chandler’s injury will force the Knicks to go small more often, which will mean more minutes for Prigoni (1% owned) and Beno Udrih (1% owned). We could also see more all-around production from Iman Shumpert, (24%) owned who will have to play like a poor man’s Andre Iguodala for the Knicks to get through this stretch at anything approaching a .500 record.
via Waiver Wire: The Curse of Expectations.