FWIW.....quick "scouting report" from last nights game:
Sure it was only one game, but I was sitting about 6 rows from our GM, right at center court and it was very obvious that Lester is simply not an effective point guard right now ... even at the D-League level.
Perhaps it works a bit at the defensive end, as he really gets after it and his is very physical and strong. But he simply had trouble getting the ball up the court last night and was completely over matched by Oliver Lafayette.
Maybe it was just a bad shooting night for him, as his shot looked very flat, but his ball handling skills are suspect at this time.
Walker on the other hand pretty much did it all on the offensive end and he also played very good defense.
He had two sick dunks in traffic and several finishes that just left you shaking your head.
Yes, he would come into the lane making you think he might be able to get off a quick floater or short pull up jumper. Instead, he would just lift effortlessly and glide right to the rim for a beautiful finger roll with either left or right hand.
You would never know he has "knee issues" as there was no brace or wrap on either knee and he really is on another level with his physical skill set. Do not think he is 6' 6" though?
He did make some poor cross court passes that resulted in turnovers, but his shot looked very pure from the three point line.
Also, he used great judgment several times by passing up open threes and instead taking it to the rack against his run out defenders.
Alexis Ajinca clearly has some flaws, but it is hard to believe he is not on an NBA roster. Looks much bigger than his listed 7 feet and is very active at both ends. Sure it is tough to tell from one D-League game.....but he looks very talented to me and it appears he would give Charlotte everything Chandler does at about $10 million less.
We had a Vitaly sighting as he is an assistant for Fort Wayne. Yikes, just when I had finally put that era out of my mind the emotional scars return. Haha!