Tuesday, January 17, 2006

The Burbs....NBDL and more!

Sometimes you just can't agree-so you agree to disagree. What started as a discussion about Fort Worth being a suburb of Dallas, escalated into a debat about whether Vancouver (and Beaverton, Tigard, and other "places" not named Portland are actually suburbs of Portland).

Here are a couple of definitions:
1) suburbs The usually residential region around a major city;
2) The outlying districts of a city thought of collectively.
Example: lives in the suburbs
Form: the suburbs

I don't know the answer: All I know is this-many of us think of the surrounding areas of Portland including Beaverton, Tigard, Oregon City and yes even The Couve as "burbs" of Portland.

Now the the real reason for the debate on The Burbs!

Martell Webster and Sergei Monia to Fort Worth of the NBDL is a good thing!
One of the biggest problems with the NBA is the inability to truly develop young players. The "new" NBDL or at least the 2005 version allows teams to send young guys down to play against good competition, and since the NBA oversees the league, you would assume they are receiving competent coaching. Since midway through his first year in the league, Darko Milicic has been called a bust.
Is he really a bust? Or just a 20 year old big man who has not been able to develop because he can't breakthrough the deepest lineup in the NBA? He is in his third year in the NBA, so the rules do not allow Detroit to send him down, which is too bad. He needs to play, quality minutes, every night. One of the most common complaints from NBA coaches is the lack of practice time teams get once the season begins. Even during non-game days, when you would expect practice to be an option, it is hard to work guys hard enough to get true development and improvement.

It takes big stones for Nash to send Webster down. Monia is easier because if push comes to shove, JN can always blame that pick on the scouting regime that was let go after the 2004 Draft. He wasn't THEIR guy. They never saw Monia play in person until last summer. But Webster is THEIR guy, and by THEIR I mean Patterson, Nash, Pritchard and luckily for the Big Three, even Big Man in Seattle was in love with Webster at #6. So what is the best thing for him to do? Play. Unlike in the past, they have an option in the NBDL so let him go down, play a lot, play the point as Nash told us on the show he will do, and develop.

The NBDL won't be quite as good as the Vegas Summer League, so you have to believe Webster will go there and gain confidence. In Vegas, against a ton of current NBA players, Webster averaged 12 ppg, 4.3 rpg, and shot 6-16 from 3 pt. range. He started out like a man looking every bit the part of a number six overall pick with a 9-15 shooting day and 21 points before tailing off in the last game where he went just 1-8.

Lets see not what Webster and Monia do down in the NBDL, but what they do when they get back.

Thank you and goodbye,


At 2:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vancouver is a Portland suburb. End of story. Why is there even any debate? The Couve, Tigard, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Gresham, etc., are ALL suburbs of Portland (even though they are all also cities with their own government). Any of what comprises the "Portland Metro Area" would fall into the category of suburbs.

At 9:22 AM, Anonymous Jeff said...

Sorry, I missed the connection between the burbs and Webster?


At 12:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey guys, I'm curious about something that I'm hoping you can help clear up...

That place where I park my car when I go to stores like Home Depot and Fred Meyer...is that called...a parking lot?

At 2:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, and I think a parking lot is considered a suburb of the store.

At 7:33 PM, Blogger BuddyJay said...

What's with the insecurity of the Webster pick? I have heard a lot of Blazer fans claim the move to the NBDL is terrible. It seems to me like the best thing for him. I have said since the beginning of this nightmare youth movement that the young players will develop bad habits and get used to a losing culture as one of the worst teams in the NBA. Webster's confidence was being killed with his fits and starts of minutes from game to game. The NBDL was created for him. One year out of high school, he needs instruction and time, just what the NBDL offers.

One point not mentioned regarding the NBDL and Webster: You think the guys going up against the #6 pick are going to go at him pretty tough? Yes, they are working for an NBA pay check also. The NBDL should provide enough of a challenge to help Webster, and be the right skill level for him to develop some confidence in his game.


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