DMo actually got 8 minutes of playing time in Lakers first playoff game. 0 points, 0-1 from 3pt, 0 assists,0rebounds, 1 foul. Not exactly stuffing the stat sheet. If Nash retires, it will be interesting to see what the Lakers do: give DMo a shot at point guard or go for a free agent/trade and bring in another veteren.
4/23 10:21 PM | IP: Logged
And his NBA prospects in general are not good. LA is his hometown, but the Lakers were not a team where he was going to get PT. Would have been better off with a lesser franchise where he might have played.
4/23 11:41 PM | IP: Logged
The pressure of playing for the Lakers as a rookie, and it being his hometown, has to be significant. I used to read about how well he was playing in practice, but it's totally different on gameday. Hope he get's a shot somewhere else. It will be interesting to see what the Lakers do. Frankly Nash hasn't seemed to make much of a difference either, even during the rare times when he's healthy.
4/24 12:11 AM | IP: Logged
That was the main reason I, and most others, thought he needed to come back. At his height and his ability to distribute the ball being able to stick the open shot consistently would've secured him a long-term stint in the NBA. Sometimes it pays to put in the extra time before making the jump.
Others are right though. When he got drafted by the Lakers it didn't look good. He needed to be on a team that pushed the pace so that the team's philosophy played to his primary strengths.
4/24 1:13 AM | IP: Logged
and he really does play the game the right way. You can tell he was well coached in college. He gets tons of hockey assists, and just runs the offense. Most guys, when given the opportunity, play more for themselves. When he has gone in the games, he has just run the offense the right way. Moreover, with Kobe in there, youre pretty much assigned the the 3 point line while he runs the offense. He hovered around 38 percent most of the year from 3 though, which is pretty darn good
4/24 9:44 AM | IP: Logged
His attempts are limited (and were particularly so his 1st year), and perhaps he's passed up shots for lack of confidence -- though I have not seen evidence of this -- but what in particular makes you think he'd be a better shooter if he'd stayed a year more in college than he is now?
It's easy to say it would've been better some other way. The truth is that most players are not going to make it long in the NBA. I took a quick glance, and I don't think a single player ranked between 50 and 150 in 2009 Rivals150 is in the NBA now, and only Mason Plumlee looks at all likely to get any better of a shot than Darius did. (Darius was 77, which I think was his highest national ranking). He's had a couple years to work in the NBA, make about $1.4 million.
And the fact that this has happened without necessarily being in the best NBA spot doesn't make the decision itself seem any worse. It may not have been the right decision, but it's not clear at all it's the wrong decision, especially if NBA success is the measuring stick.