Artest and the Mavs

July 18, 2008 at 3:46 am 1 comment

The Josh Howard Show

The Josh Howard Show

Rumor is that the Mavericks offered Stackhouse and Bass for Artest and the Kings rejected.  Next part is that they would take Howard for Artest. 

Artest is better than Howard, fine.  But does trading your #1 defender for a better defender make you so much better that now you’re over the top?  I’m not saying it doesn’t help, I just don’t think it’s the most helpful scenario.  Cuban would buy a championship if he could, and this might be an opportunity for him to try. 

In any sport: Of the 2 teams in the finals, the team with the better defense will generally win the championship.  You gotta score enough points to get there and you gotta score enough to win, we all agree.  But how much you score is determined partially by your own offense…but greatly by the opposing defense.

So with that in mind, Dallas should keep Howard and add Artest, boosting their defense.  This would allow them to maintain a defensive presence throughout the game when one is resting.  Howard is versatile enough to work as a swingman when he plays with Artest and/or play the 3 spot when Artest sits. 

The Kings are rebuilding their team, so their 2 goals are getting out from under big contracts and getting draft picks.  So first you take on one of their crappy contracts and second you give ’em a draft pick or two.  Next you send a couple of players – some possibilities: Stack (definitely Stack), Devean George, Antoine Wright (I believe George & Wright are FA, so this takes some doin’), Bass, and anyone else down the bench (Berea, Lue).

Keep Josh Howard.  Add Artest.

** UPDATE **: The Mavs rejected the “Artest for Howard” deal.  I’m on board with that!

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Julien  |  July 18, 2008 at 4:59 am

    I think its a fair deal for both of ’em. Anyway, Artest is a crazy guy!

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