GMJ wrote:There's nothing overwhelming nor definitive to say he can't succeed at playing SG. Just because he knows zone defense doesn't mean he doesn't know how to play man defense. He's an excellent playmaker, since he was the star that lead Syracuse to unexpectedly be one of the better teams this past season. After reviewing the argument the criticism comes down to passing ability and ball handling, which has not been substantiated beyond stating this opinion and is otherwise weak as it pertains to a SG on a team that does not require these skills out of a third player in the backcourt (the first two being Devin and Terrence Williams).
Replace SG with PF. Replace Syracuse with Kentucky etc, etc
You are attempting to create a condition where there are no right or wrong answers. In that case lets all pull out our mats and gather around for circle time followed by a nice little nap. After we get up, we will all receive a nice certificate and a pretty ribbon for participating.
As to your Nets specific statement, you are offering up the opinion that Wes can play SG for the Nets if he is playing with TWill and Harris. A lineup, mind you, in which there isn't a clear distinction of who is playing on the ball on offense and who is playing off the ball. So yes, in that specific situation, they could play together, and between the 3 of them, they would match up defensively with their best fit and on offense Wes would primarily be a spot up shooter.
However, the scope of can Wes play SG is really not that narrow. Wes doesn't compare favorably to the best two SG's in the game, Kobe and Wade. Nor does he compare to Ray Allen or Manu Ginobolli. So who does he compare to at SG? He is more well rounded than Michael Redd, but not the scorer that Monta Ellis is. Skill wise he is below Evans and Mayo. Beyond all of that, you still have to go back to opportunity cost of the draft pick and how to best utilize Wes if he is drafted as the Nets centerpiece of this draft.
This entire argument has taken a trip to pedantic-ville. So fine, you want to believe he can play SG, great.