It’s tough in today’s NBA proceedings to understand what the future lies ahead. Injuries, poor performances and losing streaks all tend to play their part in the bigger picture of building towards something special. As Trevor Ariza nurses his ankle injury (and recovers) Sasha Pavlovic has seen incremental playing time in his place.
Sasha’s numbers are not gaudy, he doesn’t particularly dominant on either end, but I will say this. He is a team player.
Watching the couple of games that he has played, it becomes apparent to the casual observer that Sasha understands basketball. His passing ability and shot selection are all excellent and his defense isn’t “pop out of your eyes” bad.
So the question becomes, “Do we sign him on for the rest of the season?” I think too we must look in to how Quincy Pondexter is developing. It seems he is struggling both offensively and defensively (although it’s not your fault when you have to guard Kobe Bryant). I still think that having Q-Pon in a developmental role is the best situations for the team moving forward.
As for Sasha Pavlovic I think we should sign him on.
Because outside of clanking Marco Belinelli the Hornets don’t have a specialist three-point shooter to compliment Chris Paul. That is a scary thought. When New Orleans traded away Peja Stojakovic, James Posey and Morris Peterson a big void was lost in outside shooting. That’s not to say it’s been a terrible idea (you’d be an idiot to think it was). But adding an extra specialist 3-point shooter might not hurt in the long term because it gives head coach Monty Williams much more flexibility with his bench.
So tell us, do you think Pavlovic should be extended?