Well hello there everyone! It’s good to see you all again. I’ve been on vacation so that might explain my recent absence. But now that I’m back, I wanted to talk some more about Carl Landry. James broke down Landry’s recent comments about how he thinks he’d be a good fit in Portland. But I don’t see how that is a good situation for the Hornet’s forward. Time to take a deeper look. Let’s do this…
I’ve been a fan of Landry going back to his Rockets days. He’s a player that always seems to end up on my Association mode teams in any of the NBA 2k games. But I don’t get why he’d like to play for the Trail Blazers.
Landry is a pure power forward. He’s not quick enough to play as a swingman and, at 6-9, he’s too undersized to play center. The thing is Portland has that position on lockdown after the breakout season of LaMarcus Aldridge. And when Aldridge moves to center, they have Gerald Wallace to fill his spot.
Check out the Portland lineups over at 82games.com. Ignoring the lineups with Dante Cunningham (he was traded to the Bobcats), do you really see Landry cracking any of those top lineups? Didn’t think so. Now let’s take a look at the top Hornets’ lineups. The top two feature David West at power forward and the third has Landry.
Don’t forget that at the start of next season (whenever that is) West (assuming the Hornets resign him) may not be ready to play after his knee injury. West may also choose to sign elsewhere. In either case Landry becomes the starter and earns far more playing time than he would in Portland.
I wonder if Landry is just throwing out teams in order to create leverage for himself when the lockout ends. Regardless, if playing time is what matter to Landry then resigning with the Hornets makes the most sense.
Today, I’ll leave you with this…