Next on the List: Backup Point Guard
With Tobias Harris coming to town, Detroit’s starting lineup gets a lot better. Unfortunately, there was no way out of trading one of our best bench assets: Brandon Jennings. This, in return, makes Detroit’s bench weaker than it already was prior to the trade. With that being said, Detroit now has Steve Blake and Spencer Dinwiddie to back up Reggie, and unless Dinwiddie discovers his game, not much will be done when Reggie is on the bench. Since Detroit doesn’t have many more trade-worthy pieces , free agency is where a point guard will have to be obtained during the summer.
Norris Cole, New Orleans Pelicans
The one thing that I like about Norris Cole is that he has experience. He may not have been that important in Miami, but he has been on the big stage. Cole has averaged 15.1 MPG in the 14 games he has played in the NBA finals. Not only this, Norris has been in the playoffs every year since joining the league. As of right now, there are only three players on the current roster that have even been in the postseason.
Greivis Vasquez, Milwaukee Bucks
6’6″. 217 lbs. That is a whole lot of point guard. Greivis provides a combo guard for Detroit who can basically do it all. With his time in New Orleans in 2012-13, Vasquez averaged 13.9 PPG. That’s not the impressive part. In addition to this, he put up 9 APG. Over his whole career, Vasquez has also had a decent outside shot (35%) that looks very attractive to Van Gundy.
Ish Smith, Philly 76ers
It is really hard to say that any player has been good on the 76ers this year, but Ish has proved to be a great pick up for them. Since going to Philly in December, Smith has put up 15.3 PPG, 7.9 APG, and 1.5 SPG. The only thing that could make Detroit hesitant to sign Ish is his free throw shooting (65%) but this can be fixed, especially with SVG’s success with point guards.
….and last but definitely not least
DJ Augustin, Oklahoma City Thunder
I loved the trade for Reggie Jackson last year, but I knew that DJ would be missed greatly. With that being said, Detroit unanimously won this trade, but lost a great back up point guard in doing so. Although his numbers have dropped since being shipped to OKC last year, DJ has still proved to be a good backup. At the age of 28, DJ still has time left to make an impact off the bench.
Keep in mind, Detroit had Jennings coming off the bench while he was making around $8 million a year, this is just assuming that they will take it easy on the money rather than spend a lot.