Rozier isn't a better "fit" than Kyrie. Rozier plays the same type of game, he just plays it at a vastly inferior level. It's not like we're talking about a pass-first versus a scoring PG, or an elite pick-and-roll PG versus an iso-heavy player. What skill (outside of perhaps rebounding) does Rozier have that Kyrie doesn't?
And seriously, we're arguing about Terry's production if he was suddenly given 44 minutes per game? Terry ranked 11th on the team in points per minute. He was behind Wanamaker and Theis. "Per 44 minutes", Terry ranked 270th in the NBA. He also ranked 400th (!!) in True Shooting Percentage. What point is it that is trying to be argued?
You're posting things that have no bearing on my point, and obviously you missed a couple posts if you're still talking about 44 minutes.
All yall can see is Kyrie's scoring, but if you haven't noticed, we don't really need that kind of scoring at the point...to the detriment of the team.
What that does is shore up our perimeter defense a little bit better so the entire team is not a step behind the ball or players driving, so the bigs and the rest of the team have a better chance of staying in front of people, and not so out of position for rebounds, and most importantly free's up the rest of the scorers for a more balanced and consistent attack.
If you can't see that, then there's no more reason for me to keep writing it.
Your points don't make any sense...
You talk about not needing scoring, and improving perimeter defense. Our main issue last year has been defined roles, ball movement, not cutting/moving off-ball, and defense down low. There were many times where players drove by us, perimeter defense is important, but not every player is Kawhi Leonard that can shut someone down man on man consistently..
By the way Irving ranked 4.7 in VORP, career high, along with 0.4 on DPM/2.9 on DWS.
So you're literally just either making stuff up, or share the similar intense dislike for Irving like some of the users here.
Also what does your scoring argument + the rebounding/perimeter defense have anything to do with each other?
Are you saying because Irving iso's, and shoots a lot that it doesn't allow the defense to get back in transition/offensive rebounding? I don't get it.
Just so you'll understand...
Defined roles=Brad and Kyrie's fault...Only Kyrie has a defined role...shoot whenever he wants
Ball movement=Kyrie's fault...Refuses to pass
Not cutting=Kyrie's fault...what's the point of cutting if he's fighting through 5 guys to shoot?
Defense down low= Brad's fault...ineffective switching scheme, everyone getting by Kyrie taking bigs out of the paint...with foul pressure, so they play fake defense.
And I meant if Rozier was the starting point that's how it would change the team without any player movement except letting Kyrie walk.
Now if you don't understand any of that then you should be a hockey fan.
Come on terry.
Statistics have proven, in multiple posts, that the notion of irving not passing is false.
He has the same assist numbers as lillard/kemba/george/mitchell and the list goes in.
Scoring guard...guess what...score. Its not their job to be the main playmaker. That is why they play better with other playmakers. And your playmaker doesnt need to be your pg anymore. Hasnt been that way for a decade.
And players not cutting? Thats on the system amd the players.
Defense? Kyrie trumped rozier in all hustle stats, trumped smart in a few as well. . defensive rating terry was a whole 1 point ahead...while player against inferior talent. But kyrie destroyed terry in net rating
But then there is that whole pesky defemsive win shares number...which favours Irving...but you know. That doesnt fit the narrative so lets keep numbers out of it and just say kyrie is worse than terry.