So after watching the last month of games, I think the idea of trading Milsap is finally starting to grow on me a little. Dont get me wrong, I love Milsap and everything that he brings to our team. I wont even go into all the good he does for our team. We all know he is undersized, but has developed his game and improved every single year. But that's not really what I want to discuss.
After watching Milsap try to play against the longer power forwards in the league, it's very apparent that even though he can hold his ground by hustling, he will never be someone that can consistently provide offense when he is over matched. Earlier this year he had a string of four or five games where he dominated the best power forwards in the west. (Griffin, Gasol, Dirk, Love) While those games were amazing, they were probably the exception as well. Milsap has really struggled against Aldridge, Ibaka, and even Ayon. The problem seems to be that is Milsap isn't at the top of his game, he is going to really struggle against against half of the power forwards in the league.
The one thing I have learned about Milsap is never to count him out. I am by no means trying to hate on Milsap, I just think as long as he is on our team Favors is never going to get the time he needs to develop. All the things that Milsap lacks, Favors has. He has shown a handful of very solid post moves, his long range jumper looks decent, and even his free throw shooting has vastly improved. I think it's time to hand the reigns over to Favors and let him turn into the power forward that we need. If we play Milsap off the bench, that's fine I guess, but I think Milsap deserves to be a starter, even if it's on a different team.
I have been opposed to trading Milsap ever since we got Favors, but the thing that has finally put me over the top is that this years draft has a plethora of solid power forwards. Our draft outlook has never looked better considering our record has plummeted, and Golden State has been playing very well. Chances are that we will get two lottery picks, so we can easily add power forward depth to our bench to backup Favors if we decide to trade Milsap.
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