First off I must say to everyone who reads this. I am a or was a HUGE Sonics fan, and now forced to like the same team but not in our city anymore. I refused to call them a WNBA name, with WNBA colors... I love the players but hate the front office so sometimes I don't know whether to route for them or not. Let me know your guys take on that.
This is really what I wanted to get into. What do the ex-Sonics need? Rebounding, post presences, a big man with some type of jumper, team player, set solid screens, and a good outlet passer for Westbrook and company to run the fast break quickly.
I think the man they need is Kevin Love. He fits the mold almost perfectly. Before I get into why I think he would be a perfect fit I'll talk about how this could happen. I have no clue what so ever if this is even possible or either team would want this at all. Don't quote me on this will actually work.
ex-Sonics Receive- Kevin Love
Minnesota Receive- Both of Ex-Sonics 1st round picks (21,26) and Nick Collison
Maybe not Nick Collison but we would have to throw in maybe one player to even it out, I don't really know the value.
Rebounding- Well as a Rookie Love averaged 9.1 rebounds a game. This year he averaged 11.0 rebounds a game. Kevin Durant was the leading rebounder on the ex-Sonics last year with 7.6 RPG. Thats just not going to get it done in the playoffs. Every playoff (almost) has a player thats going to get you at least 10 +/- 2 RPG. The Ex-Sonics do not have that and need it. Love would be perfect for that. He is a double-double every night.
Post Presences- This one might not be the best aspect of Loves game. he is a little undersized not the most athletic guy in the world but he's solid. Hell he's better then any of the ex-Sonics post players right now and he's only going into his third year.
A big man with some type of jumper- Well he scored 14.0 PPG, not bad at all. Jeff Green scored 14ish as well, so the scoring wont disappear. Love even added a 3 point shot, that he is averaging 33% which isn't great I know but if he has the shot he will be able to take it and make it.
Team player- He is a high character guy. He is a guy that would fit perfectly with all the young talent around the team. Was a teammate of Westbrook. Isn't a me guy is a team guy. He's a gritty player that is your typical PF that doesn't care too much about him and more about winning.
Set solid screens- The ex-Sonics do not have a player beside Ibaka that can play the pick and roll with Durant and Westbrook. Love would fit perfectly for down screens and pick and roll. He has a wide body and his 6'10" 260, so should be able to get Durant and Westbrook some easy buckets.
Outlet Passer- He was known throughout college as the best outlet passer in years. He is a good passer in generally. He average 2.3 APG which is solid. If he came to a better team you would expect though to go up. The team needs a big man that can clear the bounds then throw a great outlet pass to Westbrook or Durant or Harden or etc. for easy transition bucket.
Another big factor is for getting a PF that is more of a natural PF like Love is, that this will mover Jeff Green to the bench were he could be a Odom/manu 6th man player. Jeff Green could now back up Durant at SF and Green's natural position is SF not PF. This would help our second unit a ton, with Green, Harden, Manyor leading the bench. This will also make us better on defense. Green wont have to guard Dirk, David West, Tim Duncan, all the great PF in the west, Love will guard them and actually have some of the same size they have.
Starting Lineup 2010
Stats PPG APG RPG
PG-Russell Westbrook 16.1 8.0 4.9 Do all player.
SG-Thabo Sefolosha 6.0 1.8 4.7 Defensive stopper.
SF-Kevin Durant 30.1 7.6 2.8 Scorer/leader/rebounder
PF-Kevin Love 14.0 11.0 2.3 Rebounder/solid scorer
C-Serge Ibaka 6.3 00.1 5.4 Rebounder/defender/blocks
Bryon Mullens/Nenad Krstic
I love this bench. i feel D.J. WHite needs to get some what of a chance to play but we'll see. Love Manyor Harden and Green as bench role players.
Another thing I thought of is trading into the top ten to get Greg Monroe somehow. he is kind of the same player Love is
What do you guys think of this?