Before Dragic, Barbosa basically had all the point duties behind Nash, and those were the days when he put up his best numbers.
While there are many combo guards who didn't work out for each one I can name, those were players who were one-dimensional, who's skill wasn't too rare or valuable, or who just didn't work hard enough. Having someone who is a lockdown defender AND can being an offensive spark in Bradley is something that will keep him in the league for a while.
I'd just also like to state that I have nothing against Bledsoe, he seems like a nice prospect and if the Raptors draft him I wouldn't be too mad, but it seems there are some people who are hating on him because of the point skills thing and refuse to acknowledge that he could bring something with him that would help the Raps out a lot.
Evans does have the size to play SG, if he wanted to, and will probably end up playing a role similar to Wade or Kobe, just not as successfully. For all his success last season, he's still not able to run an offense, and after watching him play a bunch of games, I question how he'll do on a better team where he won't be able to dominate the ball. At the very least, though, he can play the 2.
And Fisher is actually a better PG than you give him credit for. He knows how to run an offense and could from day one, but in the triangle offense, the PG isn't asked to do as much running of the offense. I've actually discussed this before. If the Raptors were going to run the triangle offense, then perhaps Bradley might be an okay choice. But for the rest of the 29 teams, having a PG who can run an offense is pretty important.
Not being a pure point guard isn't a really big deal, but it's pretty important that your point guard know how to run an offense. Tony Parker is a scoring guard and isn't asked to run the offense because Ginobili and Duncan do that, as well, but he can and does.
If you've got a PG who doesn't have PG skills, you're always going to be at a disadvantage and looking for a real PG. Just look at Detroit. They've got Ben Gordon and Stuckey but neither are real PGs and they're looking for someone else to start at that position. Both will most likely end up being being bench players.
Again, Bledsoe is not a bad pick in my books, I just don't agree with the Bradley hate.
Bench players are a lot easier to find.
When I mentioned AI not counting because he's a potential HoFer, I meant it in the sense that he is a freak talent, the same way as MJ and other greats. I do believe that given enough time, you will find some unnatural talent unexpectedly making a name for himself, so nothing is impossible. But just as Dirk, for instance, started the craze over big men with range, the next bunch of years teams started overrating other similar players with range. Not a single one of them so far has worked out nearly the same way. Had Dirk not been so successful, you would probably see a lot of players like Nikoloz Tskitishvili (5th), Vladimir Radmanović (12th) and Žarko Čabarkapa (17th) picked a good bit later in the draft. Bargnani, though I have no problem with where he was picked, would never have gone #1 but for Dirk's success.
The jury was pretty clear on Iverson, as you can see where he went in that draft, but Bradley is a much different creature. I'm not hating on him at all either. I think it'd be exciting to see if he could pull it off, and if he does, we are that much closer to the "future" of the Raptors. If we were a good team or just picking later in the draft, Bradley might be perfect, but considering all the holes we have (even DeRozan isn't a certainty), I hope each of our draft picks for the next few years all become big parts of a championship contender. We need to make sure we have our future starting lineup before we start worrying about our future bench. We need to be reasonably certain that he can start for us a few years down the road.
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