Free As Seagull.
On an Olympic team, he's not the best player on the court. Other teams have to account for every single other player on the floor, so he'll be seeing 1-1 matchups no matter what.
That isn't the case in the NBA. On a team with Rubio who cant shoot and Hill who isn't going to kill you offensively playing alongside Kobe, opposing backcourts/wings only have one player to worry about.
Nash is a better offensive player than Rubio will ever be. Having him dump it off to Kobe in an iso or pick and roll will be immensely more effective due to the fact that Nash can hit down shots from anywhere on the floor -- the same cant be said about Rubio.
Granted less than ideal combinations have worked before and are continuing to work. Westbrook-Durant and LeBron-Wade are both far from perfect combos but you're also talking about four of the league's ten or twelve best players in that case.
i could say melo will average 30 ppg this upcoming season because he played well in the olympics.. you can't really compare the olympics to the NBA. talent drop of is major, and the majority of the best players usually are all on the same team (USA).
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This isn't the triangle offense where Kobe Bryant needs the ball in his hands all the time, and the notion that he can't play off the ball is not true. He's never played off the ball during the time he's played with the Lakers, but Kobe Bryant still has shown to be one of the better players in the world even when he played off the ball during the Olympics. If he's done it with superstars on his team, he'll definitely do it with Rubio as well. Aside from that, Rubio is the type of PG that will make all of his teammates better. The experiment of him and Pekovic is an experiment that has already exceeded in the past and would exceed well with this team as well.
Manhattan's floor spacing is very poor which I think is a huge factor here. They have nobody who shoots 34%+ from 3 in their starting lineup and their 1-3 are not very efficient. And to say that Davis can contain Dirk is purely speculation. We have no idea how Davis will fair in the NBA. He's never ever guarded a Dirk-esque player in college basketball. An inexperienced rookie going against one of the most versatile scorers in the game is a huge advantage for us.
Also, Kobe's defense has notoriously become worse. He's not an elite defender anymore. Gordon can slash, run the pick and roll, spot up, and create his own shot. He's a great second option going against an average to above average defender.
Lastly, Kobe definitely isn't the best shooter in the world when open. There are numerous players I'd take over the same Kobe that shoots 5 3's per game and makes them at a 30% clip.
Both of these 8 seeds are really ****ing good.
Manhattan is much better than some other teams with higher seeds.
Rubio/Bryant is great. A good floor general like Rubio is just what Bryant needs.
Last edited by Raidaz4Life; 10-07-2012 at 07:50 AM.
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I'm on the side of people think Kobe having a quality ball-handling PG is a GOOD thing... but Davis guarding Dirk is too much of an advantage for Santa Monica.