Originally Posted by RFX45
You guys are crazy. Alston is too temperamental, of course Van Gundy had something to do with it by sitting him for Nelson but getting rid of Alston is a good move. If Nelson didn't get hurt, they would have heard a year long complaint from Alston. With Jason Williams, they know who they got and Williams know he is coming off the bench. He still got it and watch and see, the Magic will finally have a passing PG for once. He'll be able to knock 2-3 three's a game too. I really suggest you guys watch Alston take over Devin Harris in New Jersey, dude just keeps chucking up shots like he's Kobe (that ones for you Steve). Alston doesn't distribute the ball well, in 6-7 games as a starter, his one highlight was a triple double and there really wasn't anything else to brag about before or after that. Carter maybe old and he won't be jumping over anyone but he is surprisingly good still. He fits in with Magic 3-point shooters well and can still score. Plus you guys are talking as if Alston is an exciting player, he isn't doing And 1 anymore, you won't see him break anyone ankle and then throwing behind the back lobs for a thunderous dunks to Dwight or Carter. Jason Williams was a lot more entertaining than Alston ever was in the NBA. Check out his highlights, white chocolate will have you scratching your head in awe. The only downside to him is that he is also injury prone, hopefully he stays healthy for the Magic while Nelson is out. Overall, if I were to pick a back-up PG, Williams > Alston any day, unless of course it is street ball then Alston may have the edge.
You have to ask yourself this simple question: Without Rafer last year, would the Magic have gone as far as they did ? It's not And 1 anymore, I know that, NBA scouts know that and Rafer certainly knows that. Although his age is working towards his detriment, Rafer is becoming a smarter NBA player year over year. Sure, there are still remnants of street baller in him, but that aspect of his game will never leave him. It's integrating the street ball athleticism into the structured NBA style that makes him a quality player. He makes some erratic shot choices and his knowledge of the NBA game and the PG is certainly a bit questionable at times, but we can list a few players who fit that bill. The role of each player on a given team is governed by the Head Coach. This isn't college ball , where 1 player starts chucking 3's just because he is their best player (read: Stephen Curry). The HC defines the roles and asserts the overall game plan. Period. The Nets need a lot better management, because they shouldn't be winless. And if Devon gets outshined by Rafer taking 45 FG's per game, blame the HC not Rafer. He is just playing to win.