Once again Derren over at CG came up with a good piece. Don't underestimate the value of a good pass first point guard. I agree that the point guard can make a huge difference in how a team plays. We haven't had a true pass first PG in years. We had Payton, Chucky Atkins, and Kenny Anderson, but they were all at the tail end of their careers and couldn't effectively run the fast break. But they gave us a taste of how a team can play when led by a true floor general. I am excited to see how this season unfolds.
Look at the difference Chris Paul has made in New Orleans. For a good portion of the season, they were in contention for the playoffs. This is a big turnaround from where they were the year before, and their roster did not change much from the year before. It can simply be attributed to a playmaking PG who runs the team well.
Chris Paul could be the new generation's best PG, a perennial All-Star starting PG and All-NBA 1st teamer. I don't want to confuse anyone into thinking that I think Telfair is going to be Paul's equal. I don't think its probable that Telfair is going to be Paul's equal.
But we've seen the difference of what a pass first PG who directs the offense and creates plays for his teammates can do. And we've got much better players on our team than New Orleans. Telfair won't have to play at Chris Paul's level because he'll have solid players around him who can pick up some slack.
Last season, we weren't totally void of isolations plays and we went through dry spells when the ball stopped moving. Also we weren't a good fastbreaking team. Having a playmaking PG who can push the tempo, and who can use picks and screens to open up plays for himself and for his teammates is going to open up our team offensive game immensly. Last year, we did not have a real PG running the show, so we relied on a lot of players being able to see the court and pass to open players. This caused us to be one of the worst turnover teams (29 out of 30). Ricky, Blount and Pierce all committed way too many costly turnovers and it just killed us. We couldn't hold many momentums and our comebacks would come up short because we'd give away precious possessions.
A real PG who has real court vision and has real passing ability and has real floor leadership will be a difference maker on a team who lacked a true pass first PG.
Once we are in midseason form (and it may not take until the midseason to reach this form), Telfair will be controlling the ball (in a good way) and he'll be directing the action. Gomes will be one of the bigger benefactors of Telfair running the show. He's good at sliding into open spots on the floor and Telfair will find him quite frequently. Gomes is also a good trailer on the breaks, and he will get a lot of chances to finish plays. Jefferson is also a guy who Telfair will find a lot, especially under the basket. As a penetrating PG, Telfair is going to pull defenses toward him when he gets into the paint, and Al will find slivers in the defense where he can receive passes and score easy layups. Jefferson is good at rolling after the pick and he'll give us a nice two man option with Bassy.
Pierce's game will continue to go through morphs. He'll now learn how to be more of a catch and shoot guy and will go away from creating his own shots.
Wally seems like a natural fit to play alongside of a passing PG. He can use pick and rolls on the perimeter to get open 20 footers.
And we must not forget our athletes who thrive in the open court. Gerald Green and Tony Allen will certainly find themselves on SportsCenter highlights when they run with Telfair.
Sebastian may not be a great PG, but with the talent he has around him, we won't need him to be a great PG for us to reach the promised land. [More] source:Derrenmatts - Celtics Green