Rasho Or Gooden: The Finishing Touches

Matt JCorrespondent IJuly 18, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 02:  Teammates Jamario Moon #33 and Rasho Nesterovic #12 of the Toronto Raptors block Raymond Felton #20 of the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Bobcats Arena on March 2, 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The Detroit Pistons just signed Chris Wilcox to a reported two year $6 million deal, using basically the rest of there cap space for him. There is though just enough room for them to sign a player to the veterans minimum. 

The two players they are interesting in signing are Gooden and Rasho. It was reported before Wilcox was signed that they were more interested in Rasho and Wilcox than Gooden. That seems to be the case still and I'm happy with that. 

So let's take a look at why signing Rasho would be more beneficial to the team than signing Gooden. At least in my opinion why it would be. 

1) Rasho has a higher shooting percentage.

Drew Gooden may have a higher scoring average but his shooting percentage is also worse than Rasho's. Rasho has been in the last five years an over 50  percent fg shooter. Where as Drew has been around a 45 percent fg shooter. 

Gooden may score more points a year than Rasho, but for a bench role player I would want the higher percentage guy coming off the bench. Plus Drew likes to shoot the ball a lot. So does CV, BG, RH, RS, TP, and so on.

We can't have everyone on the team taking 500 shots a game which is what it would seem like if he was on the team, because he like to get his shots in as well. We need to also have guys playing some defense and bringing in a big man presence to the team. 

Which brings me to my next point: 2) Rasho brings a much needed big man presence. 

The Pistons are in desperate need of big man. Whether they want to admit it or not. Even Wilcox is a PF/C with the PF coming first because that would be a better place for him. With Kwame Brown starting center he's the only true center they have. 

If they were to sign Gooden it would just be another PF that they try to convert to C thing going on and it doesn't work that well. They need some true C's on that team and Rasho is. 

At 7' and 255 lbs. he is a big man and he would bring a much needed big man presence to that team. He would bring in a lot of relieve for Kwame and we would have at least two true centers. I love the idea of having a seven footer on the team. 

3) Rasho would help on the defensive end as well.

Not only would he bring a big man presence on the offensive end, he would on the defensive end as well. He averages more blocks per game and there about the same on defensive rebounding. 

Rasho also is better at creating turnovers AND not turning the ball over. Gooden has a higher turnover rate than Rasho and we can't afford to be losing the ball. Plus Rasho on the defensive end creates more turnovers than Gooden. 

4) Rasho is used to more of a coming off the bench role.

Gooden is used to playing a lot of minutes, which in essence may be why his stats are higher. He was averaging about 30 minutes a game while Rasho was averaging about 18. 

Gooden is used to being a starter and I'm sure how effective he would be off the bench. Where as we basically know what Rasho can do in a back-up role. If Gooden was signed he would be third behind CV and Wilcox. 

I just feel that Rasho would be much more beneficial to the team and the way we are headed. He averaged 11 points against Detroit last year with an almost 60 shooting percentage in only 16 minutes. That would be a nice player to have if you ask me playing best against conference teams.