Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Big Man's Fryes

Warriors, take note of finals big men by Tim Kawakami from the SJ Mercury
That's why Detroit and San Antonio made it to the finals. That's why both teams can frustrate you, block your shot and beat you down court for a flying dunk.

Which leads me, as always, to the Warriors and their No. 9 overall pick in the June 28 draft.

The Warriors' starting big men are Troy Murphy and Adonal Foyle, who do not resemble Rasheed Wallace, Ben Wallace, Tim Duncan or Nazr Mohammed in any way, shape or flop.

There's a possible solution: 6-foot-11 Arizona big man Channing Frye, who isn't a monster but blocks shots, can defend Amare Stoudemire (probably) and score on the post and is the nearest thing to a polished, Pistons-style big man in this draft.


At 9:25 AM, Blogger CUENKA said...


At 7:34 PM, Blogger fantasy junkie said...

wow tim kawakami is a genius. the reason detroit and san antonio are in the finals is because they have talents, skilled big men who can defend. i would have never guessed that. it's actually more than that: they have guards who can control the tempo and play tough D. it's a team defensive effort that causes the frustration, not just duncan/nazr and wallace^2. good defense is and always will be a team effort. you need tough defenders at every position. and yes having great defenders in the post are essential, but having guards who can defend are just as important. take away bowen or tayshaun and what a difference that would make.

and sorry, but i don't think channing frye can "probably" defend amare. isn't this the same amare who played against the frustrating san antonio big men for 41, 37, 34, 31, and 42 points not minutes folks. that's right, he averaged 37 points against Tim's boys.

In conclusion, Channing Frye is not the answer. The warriors need defenders (more pietrus, less dunleavy). Warrick can defend and cause problems. Frye is just soft. If Amare goes off on Duncan and Nazr for that much, imagine what he could do against the big softie from Arizona.

And I love the comment: "Picture Frye teaming with last year's No. 1 pick -- tall, active big man Andris Biedrins -- and there's a frontcourt to fear." Oh I'm sure the NBA guards are trembling because they will have to drive on Biedrins and Frye.

At 8:37 PM, Blogger realitybytes said...

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At 9:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could see the Ws consider Frye but I don't agree with Kawakami's analysis. The reason why both teams are in the finals is because both team's philosophy regarding team defense from 1 to 5. Last time I checked players like Amare, Dirk, Rasheed, Shaq, and Tim still got their points.

Like him or not, Foyle is a shotblocker and Biedrens is developing into one. He's a couple years away but he'll get there.

I agree that the Warriors need another big man. I just don't know they'll fight the right one in the draft. Also, it's not the only route to get one. I think they should consider putting together a trade.

They need more talent and athleticism in the front court. I would love them to get a Shawn Marion type in their lineup.

At 9:38 AM, Blogger atma brother #1 said...

haha, duncan-lite? light like a feather.

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