I find the debate regarding a hypothetical trade for Monta Ellis pretty interesting. On one hand you have some eager Magic fans, who are drawn by Ellis' aggressiveness and scoring ability. On the other, you have Evan and others (myself included) who are quick to point out Ellis' high volume, sloppy play. He would not fit smoothly into Stan Van Gundy's offense.
My question is, who would?
Ever since the NBA Finals run of 2009, Otis Smith has worked to fill an apparent hole at two guard; more specifically, a hole in the offense, the lack of a dynamic scoring option. He traded for Vince Carter, then traded Carter for Jason Richardson.
As Evan has pointed out, on paper Richardson fit in great. He's a historically great perimeter shooter who can, when necessary, attack the basket. Unfortunately he never really became the player we thought he would.
And holding on the Carter likely wouldn't have paid off either, as his decline in Phoenix suggests.
But who, then, is the guy? A better question is: what do the Magic need (short of cap room to sign Chris Paul) to curb two straight years of decline?
What would be a prototypical two guard be able to do in Stan Van Gundy's systems, and who in the NBA comes closest?
Even if he is a bit of a reach (and someone who has been mentioned on these boards a lot ) I think Andre Iguodala might be the best fit. His perimeter shooting could stand to improve, but he's a dynamic scorer who can rebound, move the ball and defend very, very well. He may not be Dwyane Wade, but he can certainly create his own shot.
Assuming we can't pull Iggy, who is the closest comparison? And who comes after that? Name names.
And if Iguodala isn't a good fit for SVG's system, who is and why?
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