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Posted by Scott Anez, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, 11:57 AM
Richardson for Barnes
Otis Smith tweaked his team in the off season.
No wholesale changes—just a few moves here and there.
One of those tweaks was to allow Matt Barnes to head to Los Angeles in free agency while signing Quentin Richardson to replace Matt.
How’s that worked so far?
Jury’s still out…
I thought Matt brought a junk yard dog ‘tude to this Magic team—he was a good teammate—but a nasty guy to play against. Just ask his current teammate Kobe Bryant.
Offensively, even though Matt lit it up in Minnesota Friday night for 24 points on a perfect 7-7 from the field and 5-5 from three-point range (Matt was my guest on Inside Magic Thursday night…Maybe he should come on the program more often), he was more of a slasher who cut to the hole hard.
Defensively, Matt was solid. More importantly, he gave us that edge that is hard to come by in this league.
Off the court, Matt was a good guy—but, the thing that we all loved about him was the thing that got him into trouble. His emotions got the best of him at times. His public brush-ups with Stan on the sideline were unfortunate and unnecessary.
As for Matt’s replacement, Quentin Richardson, we have not seen his best yet. At least I hope we haven’t.
I believe the main reason why Otis opted out of Matt and into Q was, pure and simple, the threat of the three-point shot.
Last year, Q stroked it at a 40% clip for Miami.
Through the first 11 games of this season, Q’s shooting a sub par 27.7% from downtown.
Now, keep in mind that Matt shot the three at the 32% rate last year (Barnes’ three-point percentage this year is 46.7% in L.A.).
Overall, Q is probably the better balanced player. He’s a pretty solid defender and rebounder. Now, like some of our other guys who are struggling shooting the rock early in the season, we gotta get him going from the arc. Q tends to become invisible on the court at times when that shot is not falling.
I will say this about Matt Barnes. Good or bad, at least you always knew he was on the court.
So, through 11 games, it’s impossible to make a true assessment of the move to bring in Richardson and let Barnes go.
But, I can tell you this…We need more O from Q!
Anez Sez is solely the opinion of Scott Anez and does not reflect the views of the Orlando Magic or the NBA.
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