Good post. I am certainly not blind to Biz's limitations, but I am more forgiving of them since he is the age where many graduate college. Al being such a terrible defender with questionable effort certainly is a contrast to Biz who gave great effort. I see how that could cause many, including myself, to overvalue what Biz does, but until we add some shot blocking and rebounding inside, I will be disappointed in this move.
I recall Biz posterizing multiple people from catching lobs off pick and rolls. For those defending Al, how do you explain the improvement of this team, particularly the flow of the offense, when such an "offensive liability" like Biz was in the game? People need to see the big picture, including our front office. Detroit fielded a damn good team with Ben Wallace out there. Biz is not balanced, much like Big Ben, but he is elite in something; something that I believe was worth at least the 4 mil QO.
Terrible move. After a pretty solid offseason, this kind of ruins it for me. I just want to make sure I have this straight.. We draft Biz at 18 years of age, knowing he is a project with high upside, then let him walk at the end of his rookie deal... How foolish. Waste of a draft pick then. Why draft a project before he reaches the age where he starts putting things together? In Biz, I saw a player that really came into his own, particularly when called upon to start when Al was hurt. He is one of the better post defenders in the league and blocks everything in the lane. I honesty do not see us replacing him with an equivalent player, let alone one that is as affordable. I'm about as butt hurt as someone can be about this. Very disappointed.
I would have done that first trade as well. I like Sully, and Hunter would have been picked up by us with one of those two 1st's this year. That said, I really like the look of our team, as long as we sign Biz back.
Great read Omega. I appreciate the time you spent on this. I agree that Biz is a player worth keeping, particularly because he is a rim protector and one of the best at that task in the league, despite any offensive limitations.
I'm the same way Carl. I respect Al's post game. It really is fun to watch him work the post; love when he takes superior athletes to school with his finesse and skill, but his lack of effort on D, and the way the team played better without him on the floor shows me that we need to move on. Perhaps injuries really did just take a toll on Al last season and he can bounce back. We shall see I suppose.