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Play Tito and Boki Now!

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by Maryland Terps, Dec 28, 2002.

  1. Maryland Terps

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    We have the personel to succeed, we just have to use it. We need a real (pass 1st/ run the break like Jason Kidd) point guard who can play defense = Tito Maddox

    +Tito Maddox Draft Capsule+
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    VITALS: 6-4, 190, sophomore, Fresno State

    OVERVIEW: Maddox did not play for Fresno State last year after
    being dismissed from the team before the season for receiving
    improper benefits. He had a tremendous 2000-01 season for the
    Bulldogs by averaging 13.5 points and handing out 8.0 assists,
    good for fourth in the nation. Maddox was named the Western
    Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year for his efforts. His
    size and strong ballhandling abilities make him an intriguing
    choice.

    LIKELY DRAFT POSITION: Second round. Atlanta, Denver, Indiana,
    Miami, Milwaukee and Toronto worked out Maddox. Atlanta in
    particular is looking for a big point guard. Maddox is one of
    several in this draft, so he’ll have to battle Fordham’s Smush
    Parker, SMU’s Damon Hancock and Miami’s John Salmons for
    attention.

    COMPARATIVE UPSIDE: Rod Strickland, Greg Anthony

    COMPARATIVE DOWNSIDE: Jeryl Sasser, Jamison Brewer, Rafer Alston

    ROLE PROJECTION: Reserve

    POSITIVES: Maddox is the best distributing point guard in the
    draft. He’s a fine passer with the knack for the flashy, and
    can really get a club going in the transition game. In terms of
    his halfcourt ability, Maddox understands how to run a play
    without using it as an opportunity to set up his own shot, and
    that’s a rare thing. Maddox certainly can score, he just
    tempers his urge well. Physically, Maddox has considerable size
    for his position. He’s bigger than most of the league’s
    starters and can match up with the Jason Kidds and Gary Paytons
    of the world.

    SHORTCOMINGS: Maddox is certainly not your perfect point.
    Turnovers are a problem area that likely will not go away, and
    the offense he played in during college gave its players the
    freedom that he won’t see in the NBA. An even bigger question
    may be with regard to his shooting. Maddox shot less than 30
    percent from 3-point range in his only season. Even quality
    shooters struggle to adjust to the NBA perimeter game, so
    Maddox’s minutes may be limited substantially early in his
    career if he proves to be a liability from long range.

    WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: "He does a very good job of getting in the
    paint, but in our league, there are guys who will make it much
    more difficult for him to finish. You certainly question
    whether he can hit the outside shot, and nowadays, that’s become
    the key." - Phoenix Suns coach Frank Johnson


    We need a shooting guard/forward that can actually shoot = Bostjan Najbar.


    Bostjan Nachbar Draft Capsule+
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    VITALS: 6-9, 221, Benetton Treviso (Italy)

    OVERVIEW: Nachbar is a member of the Slovenian National team and
    has played for Benetton Treviso of the competitive Italian
    League for the last five seasons. His coach there is former
    Denver Nuggets coach Mike D'Antoni. Nachbar started 33 games a
    year ago and averaged 13.7 points while connecting on 37%
    of his 3-point attempts. Nachbar has attracted attention with
    his versatile play as he has a strong mid-range game and can
    play with his back to or facing the basket. He competed in the
    Hoop Summit in 1999 and 2000.

    LIKELY DRAFT POSITION: Mid-first round. Houston (15) is the
    favorite. Not many clubs have seen Nachbar, with his club
    playing through June in Europe.

    COMPARATIVE UPSIDE: Peja Stojakovic

    COMPARATIVE DOWNSIDE: Antonis Fotsis

    ROLE PROJECTION: Reserve, future fourth starter

    POSITIVES: Nachbar is a shooter. He has great touch for a 6-9
    athlete and may actually be more of a big guard than small
    forward. He also is mobile with his dribble and can create his
    own shot. At Nachbar’s size, it is easier for him to get looks
    over his defender.

    SHORTCOMINGS: Going to the basket and finishing is not one of
    Nachbar’s strengths. He shies from traffic and is a weak
    rebounder. Some feel that he is not even that strong of a
    scorer, and that he is just getting attention because of the
    European hype. Defense is a big concern.

    WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: There are some questions about his strength
    of character. When you play an 82-game schedule, you have to
    be able to play through small injuries, the time zone changes,
    the mental and physical fatigue. Is he going to be able to
    develop the American toughness that’s required to play in the
    NBA? That’s the question with him. - Phoenix Suns director of
    European scouting Tim O’Shea


    G-T. Maddox
    G-S. Francis
    F-J. Posey
    F-E. Griffin
    C-Y. Ming
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    G-M. Norris
    G-C. Mobley
    F-Bostjan Nachbar
    F-Maurice Taylor
    C-K. Cato
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    1. Terrance Morris
    2.G. Rice
     
  2. CY02

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    Don't believe everything this kind of report said. Ha... remember what they said about Yao Ming.

    If they are good enough, they will play. Don't pretend we know more about these players than Rudy.
     
  3. Clutch

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    Please don't use ALL CAPS for thread titles, Maryland Terps. Thanks ...
     
  4. luckystrikes

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    Playing Tito and Boki won't happen for a while, because it makes perfect sense. Rudy would never allow that to happen! Don't you see?
     
  5. Pat

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    Turtle Guy and all other "play Boki now" posters,

    What is your vision of what is happening in practice? Boki is canning everything he throws up, and stealing every loose ball, while Rudy wanders around with both hands desperately searching for his butt oblivious to the fact that we need shooting? I mean shirley you don't think that is the case, do you?

    Is it more realistic that Rudy, who sees Boki play for a couple of hours a day, every day for months now, sees all of the options and makes the best choice? Nobody involved with the team is whining for Boki to play. Maybe it is the injury, maybe the different league, but somewhere between "he is just not that good" and "not ready" is the truth. Sad but true.

    Your calls to see him are just an urge to satisfy your own curiosity. Rudy has had that itch scratched, and decided not to play him. There is a reason. I know that it is unfathomable that Rockets management does not run all decisions by us first, but that dosen't mean ther is not a reason for their decisions.

    By the way, I share the itch to see what Boki can do, but I deffer those who actually have the facts.
     
  6. RocketsPimp

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    You just know its getting ugly when people start calling for Tito and Boki.
     
  7. Maryland Terps

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    We always knew Moochie and Glenn suck -- and Mo Taylor for that matter. I have always believed Tito was a steal in the draft -- he would run the offense better than dumb ass Moochie + play DEFENSE. Our point guards are getting burned by everyone..

    Troy Hudson/Rod Strickland?

    Jason Williams?

    etc.
     
  8. MysticRyder

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    One fact is well known. Rudy tends to play favorites over better players. Nachbar should be given a chance to show what he can do. He can't possibliy be worse than Rice.

    :D :D :D :D :D
     
  9. RIET

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    In the past Rudy has played Matt Maloney, Emmanuel Davis, Randy Livingston, Oscar Torres and a host of borderline NBA players and CBA All Stars - why not Nachbar?

    If Terrence Morris can get minutes, there's no reason Nachbar shouldn't.
     
  10. SLA

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    Bostjan will get his chance. Don't play Tito though. Oscar Torres was waived by the Golden State Warriors. :( I feel sorry for him.
     

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