New Year’s Resolutions Part IV: Southwest Division
Every NBA team will enter 2013 with an addition or a subtraction they’d like to do to their roster, or something they want to establish within the team, whether an identity or an attitude or something like a new offense.
So here are some notes and resolutions that each team may want to start on.
This time we’ll focus on the Southwest Division.
They want another star, any star, just one on the right side of 30 to pair with Dirk.
OJ Mayo may have been the best signing this off-season, but he is another player who only plays one side of the ball, much like Dirk, and he’s not a star.
The Mavs have put together a load of free agent cast-offs and lottery pick busts, but somehow they’re still sniffing the playoffs out West.
A healthy Dirk will help them get some sense of identity, but if they’re going to make some noise then they need to package some spare parts and picks together to try and nab a legit ‘other’ option.
A big name might be attainable for some of the Mavericks assets and Mark Cuban’s cash, names like Al Jefferson or Pau Gasol or even DeMarcus Cousins if he keeps acting the way he has been for the Kings.
Even in that game the team lost despite Lin’s valiant effort, something he wasn’t use to after a big game for the Knicks last year.
Lin’s had a decent stretch lately, pairing with Harden to be one of the better back-courts in the league.
Harden gets to the line more often than a full team does sometimes, and he thrives in close games when teams have to back off to prevent the drive by.
The Rockets are improving, but they have a hole at the power forward spot that needs filling – wouldn’t Paul Millsap be a perfect fit for this team?
The Grizzlies need Rudy Gay to get his groove back.
Whatever is bugging him, it’s affecting his scoring and his field goal percentage is at just over 41%, which is a career low.
He is a clutch player who relies on getting shots in rhythm and scoring easy buckets early, but he also cruises at times to the detriment of the team.
Zach Randolph has bounced back to the point where he’s rebounding at a career high clip, and this is a guy who has averaged double figure boards six times in his career!
Tony Allen is a free agent at the end of the year, and it will be tough for the Grizzlies to not overpay him to keep his services and unmatched perimeter defense.
New Orleans Hornets
The Hornets want – no, need – something, anything from Eric Gordon.
Whether it leads to him contributing to this young team, or whether it builds him some trade value so the team and Gordon can part ways in a mutually beneficial way.
Robin Lopez is scoring efficiently on the low block, and General Grievis has shown he can play point guard for 35-40mins, albeit inconsistently at times.
The less said about Austin Rivers the better, and my mother always taught me if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
San Antonio Spurs
There isn’t a better run franchise in the NBA than the Spurs.
For their resolution they want Tim Duncan to keep playing like a 30 year old Duncan rather than the 36 year old legend that he is.
This team doesn’t have many holes, but their rotation at the 5 in particular could be solved with the addition of a good starting defensive big such as Marcin Gortat, Chuck Hayes or Anderson Varejao.
Up next is the New Year’s Resolutions for the Northwest Division.
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