posted by Dave at 11:20 AM
C'mon, it has to be Steve-o in a landslide. we've seen them both in person and i don't think there's any comparison. Blake can defend better, see's the court better, is more athletic, and despite Dickau's reputation as a shooter, Blake's J is much more dependable, especially at crunch time.
I pretty much agree with you, but I'm betting there will be some who won't. Dickau has a higher scoring average, is local, and there are some who think he didn't get a fair shake last time through. We'll see. Anyone want to make an argument for Dan?--Dave
As much as I hoped for goodwill for Dan when he left us two years ago, I would rather have Steve as the Blazer back-up to Jack. Dan had great play for New Orleans and earned himself a nice contract, but he's much like Rick Brunson, an nba journeyman who can be counted on in an emergency (not as your starter). Dan's greastest positive is that he's a local. Steve just brings more to the court. I'd like more good results for Dan, but I just can't see that happening especially with all the other talent young blazer points on the roster. There just aren't enough minutes for him to thrive.
It's definitely Blake, and I'm actually not as enthusiastic about Jack as many people are. Jack has potential, but as a statistics nut I can't escape the fact that my spreadsheet pins Blake as a lower-than-average starter right now, while Jack is in "mediocre backup" territory.
It's Blake easy, and Matt is right. Blake may just beat out Jack for the starting job this year. Dickau is an ok backup, but he only put up big numbers in NO because he got so many touches and had nobody else to help score, and now he is nursing an achilles injury.
Blake in a landslide. I can never quite shake the idea that Dickau reminds me of Robby Benson in that basketball movie, One On One. That's a silly thing to base an opinion on, but there you are.I also have to agree with the apparent collective consciousness idea that Blake just might be the starter.One thing I do feel fairly comfortable with is that, with Blake/Jack/Roy, Dixon/Roy/Webster, and Miles/Webster, we have a good backcourt/swing combination.I see Miles and Dixon as eventual odd men out, which will leave us shallow at SF.
Backup? Here's hoping Blake continues to start, and continues to improve.
If he does develop into a starter chances are it won't be with us. I think the Blazers are pretty enthused about JJ and if they think Blake will command starters minutes and money they won't re-sign him. (Or he won't re-sign here, either way.)--Dave
Between the two, I would pick Blake. But I just have this feeling he's going to be a sweetener for a deal (I haven't given up on that (NY) pick of Chicago for next year). If Dickau heals up, he would be servicable as back-up... especially since Roy is now an option there, too.
I have a feeling that Blake may be traded this year, Pdx doesn't have his bird rights and I think there will be many more teams willing to offer him more than Portland will. It's too bad beacause I really like him as a player. That said, Jack, Dickau, Sergio, and Roy should all be able to handle the duties without Blake if needed.
I have to vote for Steve because he came through when we needed him. I like my point guards steady and reliable rather than flashy and inconsistant and even if he's "not a starter" he's a perfect back up. So what happens when JJ and Sergio both mature at the same time? They can't both be starters. It's going to be interesting! Not sorry that Telfair is no longer in the mix.
i really haven't seen dickau much, so i won't speak to him.blake plays hard, practices a lot, has a clutch 3pt shot (40%) and is a legit 6'3". he also runs the offense efficiently. jack is seen as the future starter by nate (i think), so it's pretty much a one year audition while sergio and roy learn the ropes as backups. it's blake's contract year and i don't see him getting beaten out by dickau. stevie will be fighting for the starting spot with jack for at least the first half of the year.
Jack is much better than you think if you really believe that Steve Blake would beat him out for the starting spot. Did any of you see him play at Texax Tech? He can do everything. He's reliable, a better defender than Steve, a better rebounder, a better passer, he's a lot stronger, and a good shooter (though I think Blake might edge him out a bit in that category). And last year he played on a gimpy ankle all year. That's tough. I like Steve, and I'd love him as our back-up. I also like Dickau, he was great at Gonzaga, but I don't think he is the kind of point gaurd this team needs. I don't think he has the leadership qualities that Jack or Blake have. That is where I think Jack really shines over Blake in fact. He is a real team leader, a get in your face if he needs to kind of guy, which our young team (him included) really needs.
If you were in a street race and needed someone to ride 'shotgun' who also happens to be good with a gun, who would you choose- Zach or Darius?
interesting point by prophet. i'd have to go with zach cuz i think the shotgun kick would knock darius back a few yards..LOL...i have to also point out to Earl that i have NEVER seen Jack play at TEXAS TECH. I do believe it was Georgia Tech you are thinking of Earl.Now, i'm just going to have to be different and say Dickau, just for the pure reason of going against the grain here. Honestly, Steve Blake is awesome and will be an excellent backup for a very long time, but i don't really see him starting long term in the league. I'll take him over Dickau though just from the confidence he has shown. I've never really seen any sort of confidence out of Dan, just kind of an "aw shucks, it's cool to be home" kind of attitude.
That's embarassing. You're right Scott, it was Georgia Tech. Not quite sure how I wrote that one wrong since I did know. Oh well, thanks for correcting me. My point was, I loved Jack's college game. He had good vision and "point gaurd skills", but knew when they needed him to score, and he could definetly carry the team when they needed him to as evidenced by his last NCAA tournament appearance. I'm hoping Nate relies on him more this year and while I like Dickau (both as a player and a person), I'd rather see Jack and Blake get the minutes at Point.
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