NBA Rumors: Is Carl Landry Better Fit for Bucks or Pacers?
The 2011 NBA offseason happens to feature one of the worst draft classes, free agent classes and a lockout all at once. Carl Landry just happens to be one of the top free agents in that poor free agent class. He averaged 15.8 points a game during the New Orleans Hornets first round match-up with the LA Lakers showing off his scoring ability.
According to jconline.com, Landry named the Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks as two possible landing spots if he were to leave New Orleans. With Chris Paul’s future on the team in doubt, he’ll most likely head elsewhere. The teams he mentioned make perfect sense as each has a huge need at power forward that both squads failed to address in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft.
The Indiana Pacers have a starting caliber talent at the position in Tyler Hansbrough, but they need depth badly in front court. A power forward that could stretch the floor would be the ideal fit in Indiana. Landry can hit mid-range shots consistently, but the Pacers may be looking for someone with a little more length to make up Hansbrough.
Milwaukee is Landry’s hometown and is the better fit. The Bucks had the worst offense in the entire league last season so his scoring ability would provide a big lift. Landry doesn’t have much competition for the starting job either as Drew Gooden is a mediocre talent, Luc Mbah a Moute is just a designated defender, Larry Sanders hasn’t proven anything yet and Tobias Harris is a better fit at small forward.
His slight lack of height and rebounding ability wouldn’t be a problem next to Andrew Bogut. Look for Carl Landry to head home to Milwaukee once the NBA lockout is over.
David Daniels is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report and a Syndicated Writer. Follow him on Twitter.
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