(The top five draft picks of all time: Darko, Darko, Darko, Darko and Darko.)
Oh man. I knew the Shaq signing was going to get some bad reviews. After all, there are some stats out there that say he was pretty much devastation to the Cavs. But this? Darko? DARKO? DAAARRRKKKOOOO???? Child please.
I react like this because Henry Abbott made a bet saying Darko will out-produce Shaq next season. (TrueHoop)
So, here’s the deal: I’m not saying Milicic will score more, play better D, have a better PER or anything else. I’m saying that over the course of this season, smart analysis will show he’ll produce more at both ends of the floor, in total. In other words, heck yes we’ll factor in defense, and heck yes, I’ll take the advantage I’ll get from the reality that he’s likely to play more minutes.
And that may not be fair in judging the better player, but it’s fair when we’re talking about the value of signing this or that player — players who can get on the floor are more valuable than players who can’t.
Okay, so granted, Abbott’s kind of cheating a little. He’s talking about pure production, which apparently factors in the amount of minutes played. Shaq clearly won’t get many minutes. Darko, even if he doesn’t deserve any, probably will.
But I’ve got to tell you, when a respected individual writes that the newest member of your team will be outplayed by Darko Milicic, it’s never a good sign. Even if Darko IS a manna from heaven.
P.S. – Everyone says Darko is a good defender because they know he can’t do anything else, but he actually sucks.