View Full Version : What if Don Nelson handled the Mitch Richmond situation differently?

08-13-2016, 11:06 PM
I'm not even sure why Don Nelson traded Richmond in the first place (feel free to shed some light onto that if you like). But needless to say, he didn't get much in return. Owens was a quality player, yes, but wasn't even a career starter, let along an All-NBA player like Richmond was.

The Warriors already have Tyronne Hill and had just picked up Chris Gatling and obviously had Chris Mullen at SF, so their starting-line up in the front court was looking pretty good. And they had Tom Tolbert, Victor Alexander, and Rod Higgins backing those dues up. Not great, but not bad at all. With Mario Elie backing up Mitch, and Tim Hardaway handling the point, they were in great shape. Certainly no need for ANOTHER forward. So why trade for Billy Owens?

There are two scenarios here. One. They simply keep Mitch and build with that. In which case, they could have had a trio as impressive at shooting as Curry, Klay, and Dray (relative to their generation). Two. They trade Richmond and draft Mutombo instead, who they passed up on.

With Mutombo, they have Tyronne Hill and Gatling, making a solid front court rotation. Chris Mullin and Elie with Tim, and soon after Sprewell joining the roster through the draft.

Either situation would look great on paper.

Had Nelson done either, do you think it changes anything significantly in the league? Does Hardaway, Spree, Mullin, Hill and Mutumbo meet and potentially top the Bulls in the finals? Do they replace the Rockets as champs in 94 and 95?

What do you think Nelson could have done to handle that situation better?

08-14-2016, 12:30 AM
minus injuries Billy Owens was a stud

08-14-2016, 02:39 AM
minus injuries Billy Owens was a stud

I may be being harsh on Owens. He did start a lot. But stud or no, he never accomplished anywhere near what Mutumbo and Richmond did throughout their careers, and he only lasted 10 seasons.

We are talking to HOFers vs. a guy who had to fight to earn starting minutes.