Originally Posted by lawyerdad
Back in the day when the Weber/Bibby/Christie/Stojakovich Kings were the contender trying to knock off the Shaq/Kobe/Fischer/Horry/Fox Lakers, I used to breathe a huge sigh of relief whenever Turkgolu would come into the game for Sacramento.
Really? Turkoglu always frightened me. He was just getting into the league then.
Turkoglu is playing in a system that tailors to his talents, but his talents are considerable and as such I think a good coach would alter his system to accommodate those talents (much as Stan Van Gundy has done). He's a tall player who can dribble well, can shoot well, and most importantly can make plays. He's a pretty good rebounder and makes defensive plays, although no one will confuse him with Bruce Bowen. (That said, the Magic defensive system is geared toward gambling and having Howard erase any mistakes that come from that.) Stats don't tell the whole story, but here is the simple truth: Turkoglu is a matchup nightmare. He can stretch the floor and finish around the hoop, and he can post up. He's too big for most SFs to handle and too quick for PFs to handle. In this way, he's a lot like Dirk (although less in everything, of course). This year, he's come up big in crunch time, too--according a recently posted Yahoo! article, he's fifth in the league in fourth-quarter scoring, which sounds like a meaningless stat until you consider the august company ahead of him (LeBron, Wade, Joe Johnson, and Kobe).
Granted, I am a bit idiosyncratic in my basketball tastes (as I am in my fashion tastes!), but I especially like players like Turkoglu. The fact that you can go to him again and again when you have an exploitable matchup is something that you will never
be able to do with Marion. For all of Marion's attribute's, and I'll say it again, he's just a glorified Udonis Haslem
. Do you think the Magic would be better with Marion rather than Turkoglu? I say no way.
I honestly think the Suns' offense will run much more smoothly with Diaw in the lineup rather than Marion. What that does to the Suns' defense is another matter, but that really wasn't their game, anyway. That just means that the burden of their perimeter defense will fall more on Raja Bell's shoulders, which should be OK.