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Watson vs Tinsley


I guess we have to choose between the two before next season, sadly. I love having both of these guys on the team, and wish we could somehow combine their qualities into a mega bench PG. But things don't work that way, the FO has to make some tough choices.

First off, here's a list of the qualities considered to be 'pros' of these two players:

Watson:

-Great leadership

-A good mentor to the young players, he seems very supportive of all of them

-Our best rebounding PG

-Plays very scrappy on offense and defense

Tinsley:

-Good leadership

-Not quite as good of a mentor, but there's been plenty of times that he's helped our young guys

-Great Passing, he makes things happen on offense during the parts of games that our offense starts to stagnate

-Decent (though not great) shooting

-Accepting of any size of a role

Some of the 'Cons' are:

Watson:

-Not a great shooter

-Sometimes lets the offense come to a halt, especially against good defenses

-Dislikes a 3rd string PG role

-Defensive liability against quick PGs

-Sometimes shows bad shot selection

Tinsley:

-Slower and becoming less capable to push the ball up the court as he ages (Our team needs to be able to get off and run)

-Defensive liability against quick PGs

Personally, I think everything depends on who we draft at #47, and if we get any other point guards (like Nash or Dragic in FO, or somebody else via trade), but on the chance that our PG position stays the same, personally I would choose to have Tinsley playing off the bench rather than Watson, at least for most matchups. I think it is something that should be taken on a game-to-game basis. Watson seems to be better able to guard quick guards than Tinsley (key word, better, Watson still isn't too great defending them). Tinsley seems to be able to take advantage of guards that don't have great defense, and with Kanter coming off the bench, I think our bench unit would be more potent with a better passer.

My main thing with Watson is that, even though he means well, when he tries to will things to happen, things don't always work too great. He sometimes relies more on pure will than on using his skills and initiating the offense. He and Devin are the PGs that seem to encourage ISO plays with their playing style, but when Jamaal is in, the offense works like it is supposed to.

One last thing, if we choose Jamaal over Earl, Jamaal seems to be fine with a 3rd string role, while Earl would definitely leave us in free agency. If we were to upgrade in the PG position, Jamaal seems like the only one of the two we would be able to keep here. While I love Earl, and he has done a lot for us these past two years, I think it is time to move on, because Jamaal just gives us a better chance to win each game, and if we were to get a point guard prospect, Jamaal might be the one I would rather have mentor him.

All comments are the opinion of the commenter and not necessarily that of SLC Dunk or SB Nation.

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