Right now, just about anywhere in the Kings fan universe, their is cursing about the Kings not signing Ryan Anderson. (And probably Nicolas Batum too, but that was pretty unrealistic given the circumstances.) I understand that, but I don't agree with it. I knowthat I wrote about this a couple days ago, but I feel that more needs to be said.
Let me make this clear: I'm not defending the Maloofs. Read Marcos Breton's column from this morning, and tell me that you don't disagree. I know I agree with him. Not signing Ryan Anderson has nothing to do with the Maloofs; there are better legitimate reasons involved.
The biggest reason? You can't pair up Thomas Robinson and Ryan Anderson for big batches of minutes together. Now if the Kings had drafted Andre Drummond? I would have argued Ryan Anderson would be the perfect move for the Kings instead of Jason Thompson, but the Kings didn't want to take on that kind of project remember? Remember that? Or has too much time passed and 10 days that long ago?
This is about not only Thomas Robinson, but maximizing Ryan Anderson's value too. If you sign Anderson to a 4 year 36 million dollar deal, something that is fucking reasonable beyond doubt and then some (never have said I don't like RA), then the answer is of course Ryan Anderson has value. The better question: How do you maximize that value? By playing him minutes. How many matchup's can you play Robinsona and Anderson together? A third of the league? Maybe? Neither are Centre's and neither guy have ever been either. Neither guy has been a SF for that matter. Neither will be moving forward. There's nothing wrong with that. It just makes it hard to sign a veteran to a big contract when you have a talented young player whom you just used a sigifnicant asset on, the fifth pick (remember? 10 days ago?), to bring into your organization. Now you want to spend significant cap space on a player who plays the same exact position because he can shoot the ball?