I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The “You Be The GM” series put on by The Oregonian is one of the best they do. It’s right up there with Jason Quick’s “Behind The Blazers Locker Room Door,” another one of my faves.
Expressing opinions on each player is exactly the kind of post-season therapy Portland fans need—it’s an especially interesting task right now as the Trail Blazers prepare for a franchise changing off-season
This week they tackled Jamal Crawford and Luke Babbitt
and now Craig Smith, Jonny Flynn and Joel Przybilla are up.
How did you vote? Do you agree with the opinions of the panelists?
First up is fan-favorite, the Vanilla Gorilla Joel Przybilla
“There's no question Przybilla's best years are behind him, so he
should not be your starting center. But his experience and willingness
to do the little things -- set screens, block shots, etc. -- make him a
valuable role player. And most important is his presence in the locker
room. Early in the season, the Blazers were desperate for someone to
take ownership of a season that was slipping away and call out teammates
who were splintering the locker room. If Przybilla had been around for
an entire season, he may have been the person to do just that. I expect
Przybilla to be in a Blazers uniform next season.”
Freeman: “The Rhino was one of the season's biggest enigmas. On the one hand, he seemed to contribute and leave you longing for more every time he played, particularly early in the season. But on the other hand, he could not crack the rotation regardless of whether Nate McMillan or Kaleb Canales was the coach.”
Pelton: “Over the last two months of the season, I think Jonny Flynn showed enough to stick in the league, but not enough to earn himself a shot at a regular role. For the first time in his career, Flynn got regular minutes playing a pick-and-roll style that fits his skills. He responded by handing out assists at a strong rate with the Blazers, but he still struggled to finish in the paint, meaning he wasn't a particularly efficient scorer. And Flynn is too small to be much of an issue for opponents at the defensive end.”