Originally Posted by BillDoran
Just my impression, but I think Batum and Budinger are similar, if not redundant, players. Both hyper-athletic SFs who do little more than jack 3s. Batum is just 23 though and has all the ability in the world. His defense is wildly overrated though (some metrics have him as a negative contributor), as he's more of a flashy, weak-side shot blocking, lane-gambling defender.
I think a change of scenery may serve Batum well. Maybe Adelman could tap all that potential.
I'd really like the think the Blazers could get more than Ridnour and some mid-first picks though.
I know Batum did not adapt at all to McMillan's offensive philosophy where he basically stood in teh corner and shot 3's.
If anyone's gonna get the best out of him, it will be Adelman.
In regards to Budinger, his numbers under Adelman in Houston were much better than they were under McHale also.