He is not pretty good at scoring around the basket, unless he is wide open and gets a perfect pass from Rondo.
And one player does not make a poor defence team become a top 5 defence team in the league (especially Perkins). Bringing a player (i.e Garnett) can spark a team with already solid defenders, to play more intense defence. Perkins will not make Calderon a defencive stopper, or make him look anything like that.
Plus if we gave Perkins for Bargnani, I'd say we'd be last in defence AND offence.
And I'm not saying he's going to turn the team into a top 5 defensive team. He's certainly going to bring improvement, though. Having a true defensive big man does wonders for a team's defense. A team can cover a poor defensive guard far easier than a poor defensive big man. San Antonio has been one of the better defensive teams even with Tony Parker, who's not very good defensively, precisely because they have a solid defensive front court.
And I think you give far too much credit to Bargnani's offense. He's a good shooter for a big man, but he can't create for himself, doesn't move well without the ball and is a poor post player. He still needs someone to create for him.
Hell, per 36 mpg, Bargnani only scored 4 more ppg than Perkins last season. I really don't think the offense would suffer that much, but the improvement on defense would be fairly big.
Some false offensive small men in NBA history would include
Anthony Carter 6'1" and 5.0 ppg
Scott Brooks 5'11" and 4.9 ppg
Jacque Vaughn 6'1" and 4.5 ppg
John Crotty 6'1" and 4.0 ppg
All of whom were 6'1" or shorter, averaged 5 ppg or less and played at least 450 games in their respective NBA careers.
False Offensive Small Men
And Carter is seriously the best false offensive small man ever, c'mon. 20 mpg, 5 ppg. 40% fg%, 24% 3pg%, 70% ft%.
I am a Libertarian so that thinking doesn't fly with me or even crawl with me.:):)
The fact of the matter is this.
If you didn't spend so much time on this website you wouldn't know how much time I spend on this website.:):)
Give me Liberty and give me the YGZ®:D:D
Maybe MLSE wasn't to happy with Bargnani's GQ photo shoot. So they decided to make DeMar the face of the team?:):)
...or they went online and realized how many fans are pulling for the YGZ to take over the team.
Wright - To come in for Amir when he gets in foul trouble
My money would be on the top unit, especially after the all-star break.:):)