Season In Review: Gerald Wallace
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 05/26/2011 11:28 PM

    During 2011, Gerald Wallace...
    Exceeded Expectations (28)
     61%
    Met Expectations (16)
     35%
    Failed To Meet Expectations (2)
     4%


    We're going to start something new this offseason and review each player's season, how they performed, whether they met expectations or not and if you'd like to see them in uniform for the Blazers to start the 2011-12 season. Up next is our starting small forward and trade deadline acquisition, Gerald Wallace.

    2010 couldn't have gone much better for the face of the Bobcats. Gerald Wallace was named to his first ever All-Star team, was recognized for his outstanding defense by making the NBA's All-Defense team and was the driving force behind the Charlotte Bobcats only playoff appearance in franchise history. Everything seemed to be heading upward for Wallace and the 'Cats but a slow 3-7 start never got turned around and by the time Charlotte rang in the New Year, they were sitting at 11-20 without much hope of a return trip to the postseason. And, uncharacteristically enough, Crash wasn't performing up to his high standards. His points per game dropped by more than 1.5 every month through January, dipping as low as 12.3. People were questioning if Gerald had anything left in the tank after his no-holds-barred style of play, which earned him the the nickname "Crash", had led to a total of four concussions throughout his career. With the Bobcats struggling and Wallace owed $22 million through 2013, their front office felt it was time to move the original Bobcat.

    "To feel like you're not wanted anymore or you're not good enough for the franchise anymore it's a slap in the face," said Wallace, whose new team faces the Bobcats Friday. "That was a hurtful feeling for me."

    Those were Gerald's words before the Trail Blazers faced off against the Bobcats in Charlotte a little over a week after the trade that sent his world crashing down. It's not that Wallace wasn't excited to be a Blazer and take part in a playoff chase, but his family was settled down in North Carolina, he'd spent over six years as the poster boy of their franchise and apparently was told he wasn't going to be moved at the deadline. So you can only imagine the shock he went through. Not only does he have to get acclimated with an entirely new cast of teammates, learn another system, and play for a different coach but do it across the country while his family is left back in Charlotte. But Gerald was a great player and this trade was exactly what he needed. After coming off the bench his first eight games as a Trail Blazer, Crash was revitalized in Rip City and gave Portland a reliable second option behind LaMarcus Aldridge. Not only did the Blazers flourish with him in the starting lineup (11-5) but when the competition got the toughest, Gerald was at his best, especially in April. That month saw the Mavericks, Thunder, Lakers and Grizzlies visit the Rose Garden, only to have Crash power Portland past them all with averages of 17.3 points and 7 rebounds. In a signature victory over the Lakers, Wallace put on a clinic by scoring 19 points, grabbing 13 rebounds, and handing out 7 assists, and showed the rest of the League just how dangerous the Trail Blazers would be in the post-season.

    Gerald Wallace's Season Splits (Via Basketball-Reference.com)-


    Although Gerald will only turn 29 this July, there are questions if he can maintain his All-Star caliber play due to the style in which he plays at, which is predicated on athleticism, heavy minutes and a disregard for his body. Gerald Wallace only knows one way to play, all out, and as long as he's in the NBA, he'll play that way. But can his body hold up into his mid 30's? Four concussions, in a nine year career, is already a product of that style and he's no stranger to logging a lot of minutes, never averaging lower than 36.7 since 2007. Without a go-to move on offense nor being a sharp shooter from outside, Gerald gets most of his points through slashing, off the glass or in transition, which makes it no surprise he averages 6 more points a game when he plays more than 40 minutes compared to 39 or less. No other aspect of his game is affected as drastically when the minutes increase. It's apparent Gerald succeeds as a starter, but can he find different ways to score so he doesn't have to rely of large quantities of minutes to get his points? The lowered minutes will exponentially improve Crash's chances of having a prolonged career at a high level.

    Gerald Wallace's 2010-11 Minutes Breakdown (Via Basketball-Reference.com)-


    Regardless of Gerald's past injury history and current playing style, he is the second best player on the Trail Blazers behind Aldridge. He brings a certain toughness to the court unmatched by many and his ability to play either forward position allow Coach McMillan to use in an a variety of ways. While he doesn't solve the Blazers outside shooting woes, one can only wonder how many more wins the team would have accrued had Wallace been a Blazer the entire season. Already a fan favorite, Gerald appears to be in Portland's long-term plans as he's moving his family out to the city this summer.

    Gerald Wallace Season Highlights



    Let all of that information soak in for a moment Rip City. Looking back, did Crash live up to the hype? Was his defense, hustle and playmaking abilities enough to put him in the long term plans of the franchise or is his injury history too much too handle?
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  1. freddead
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    Posted 05/26/2011 11:33 PM

    frankly he disappointed me in the playoffs i mean some times he have dirk on him on the outside and i would yell at my tv just take em i mean really dirk cant guard gw on the outside he should have just taken at his chest he was far to tentative in the playoffs he only had one decent game
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 05/27/2011 12:06 PM

    If only Gerald played like he did in Game 6 the rest of the series, we win hands down. But it wasn't like he completely disappeared either. He's still a great player and we'd be foolish to move him. If we can acquire another player of his caliber for expiring contracts, I think we could be a sleeper pick to come out of the West next season.
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  1. RipCityChamps12
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    Posted 05/27/2011 1:16 PM

    Keep in mind early foul trouble prevented Gerald Wallace from having a great game 2. But overall would have liked to have  seen more out of him in the playoffs.
    I am a fan of the RETURN of Greg Oden
  1. mbmurr1
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    Posted 05/27/2011 2:53 PM

    Gerald is a star with potential to improve his game on a quality team like Portland.
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 05/27/2011 3:37 PM

    When we got Gerald, we were so mesmerized by Lamarcus' stellar play, we were like, "Man, so that's how another NBA All-Star plays. This is great!"
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. Posted 05/27/2011 6:18 PM

    Great Job Dustin.  It almost felt wrong choosing "Met Expectations", but I had very high expectations for GW in Portland.  As a Bobcats fan watching him go sucked!  But, I knew he would bounce back and the PDX fans would quickly fall into a basketball bromance with him (ok, some of the gals may want more than the on court stuff).  Anyway, his run with the Blazers is just starting, he'll understand the system better next season, he'll study the playbook, he'll learn the habits of his teammates, etc. 

    Heck, until 3 years ago, I don't think GW was actually coached very much on basketball.  Even when Bickerstaff was the CLT coach, he was more of a motivator.  Larry Brown actually started to teach Gerald the skill of waiting on defense, working at rebounding while the ball is in the air, going after blocks when you will be effective, and only going onto the floor/stands about 10 times a game.

    As far as his playoff performance, I was very reluctant when the 1st round match-up was against the Mavs.  GW has always struggled against the Mavs (and always owned the Lakers, which was the other potential option that last week of the regular season).  But, he figured it out and had a fantastic season ending game.  My hope is he stays healthy and leads Portland to a first round series that is hosted by Portland as one of the top 4 seeds in the west next season.

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  1. D_pickett
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    Posted 06/05/2011 6:41 PM

    Easily my new favorite Blazer. (Still love you though, LA!) He plays like an aggressive street baller and I love it. One of the things that's always driven me crazy about B-Roy is that he catches the ball, cradles it in one arm and points around until he gets his Iso. Then he has to get overly fancy to beat his guy one on one. I'd much rather see a player like GW who catches it ready to put it on the floor or take an open look if there's any lack of rotation from the D. As far as I'm concerned, the trade for GW was the best personnel move of the past 3 seasons. Also, you can blow up the rest of the roster as long as you keep GW and LA. Just my opinion.
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