By Marcus Thompson
Friday, March 27th, 2009 at 8:00 am in Uncategorized.
His start with the Warriors was rocky, with many considering him a bad signing. But since his move to the bench, he seems to have become much more liked by fans. The Warriors couldn’t move him by the trade deadline, but he should be easier to trade in the offseason with one less year on his contract. But do you want him out, or should the Warriors hang on to him? I’ll make the case. You decide.
Say what you want about him, the dude is an efficient scorer – which is a vital weapon to have off the bench for a team that relies on offense. Speaking of coming off the bench, he has handled it extremely well. Coming off the bench has cost him nearly six minutes of playing time. He hasn’t complained at all. As a reserve, he’s averaging 19.0 points on 48.1 percent shooting in 29.6 minutes. As a starter, he averaged 18.7 points on 42.7 percent shooting in 35.1 minutes. At times, Maggette is the only player who can score without a jumper. And his propensity for getting to the free throw line gives the Warriors an much-needed dimension.
THE CASE FOR COREY MAGGETTE TO GO
For $10 million a year, the Warriors need more than a scorer off the bench. That amount of money should get you a starter and team leader. When he was in that role, it didn’t work too well. For all of his offensive productivity, he can stall the offense because he goes one-on-one a lot and is usually looking for his own shot. He’s also missed 20 games this season, giving credence to the reference that he’s oft-injured. Despite his strength’s, Maggette may be more valuable to the Warriors if they can pawn him off to a contender who needs a reliable, veteran scorer off the bench and get a larger need. The Warriors are young and developing and have players who can score off the bench. Perhaps not as well, but it’s not like its the difference between a title and not.
So, what do you think? Cast your vote here.