Tag:Lou Amundson
Posted on: January 14, 2011 12:44 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2011 12:55 pm
 

The Warriors' never-ending problem at center

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

It's quite obvious now that Keith Smart has little faith in Andris Biedrins, and why should he? The man looks lost. Career-wise, he's halfway back to Latvia. He played all 12 minutes of the first quarter, to the tune of one shot and one rebound. It's also clear that Smart isn't ready to play Ekpe Udoh against a team as talented as the Lakers, and Udoh himself admitted he needs more time to adjust to the NBA game. The most intriguing lack of trust last night involved Lou Amundson. Listen, the guy's no world-beater; he has limited skills. But he had some success against the Lakers during the Western Conference finals last year, particularly in Game 4, when he gave the Phoenix Suns seven points and seven rebounds off the bench in 17 minutes. The Lakers are no mystery to him. Seemed awfully strange that he didn't even get off the bench.
via The Warriors A Matter of Trust : Bruce Jenkins' Three Dot Blog.

Biedrins has started for the Warriors since 2006-2007. Before that? Adonal Foyle. Clifford Robinson. Before That? Erick Dampier. So we're talking a long and historic range of failure at the center position. 

What's sad about this is that the Warriors have run such a fast paced system, that had they simply had an above-average big to really fill in all the blanks while keeping their style, their success could have been so much greater. It's not true that a legit big man is an anathema to a system that runs and guns. That's likely why David Lee was brought in. Unfortunately, due to injury, adjustment, or just a smaller role in the offense, Lee hasn't been nearly the player he was in New York, with significant regression in points and rebounds. Meanwhile, Biedrins is also slumping, and despite being on the trade block for years, hasn't been moved by management yet. Ekpe Udoh theoretically shows that kind of promise, but it's hard to see him making that kind of jump immediately. 

Amundson was brought in as a free agent at the last moment. That Amundson was available was confusing as he showed such tenacity in the playoffs with the Suns. But perhaps the scouts were right about Amundson's lack of discernible skills being problematic outside the talent basin in Phoenix.

The Warriors don't have to slow it down, play traditional ball, or grind it out. They can play up-tempo, play fast and loose with focus. But to get to the next step, they have to have a big man to fill in that role, a true big who can get big buckets and rebounds coming off those breaks. Until they find that, the Warriors are just spinning their very fast wheels. 
Posted on: October 17, 2010 7:00 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 7:52 pm
 

Lou Amundson Breaks Finger, Needs Surgery

Golden State Warriors big man Lou Amundson reportedly needs surgery on a broken finger. Posted by Ben Golliver Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com reports that new Golden State Warriors big man Lou Amundson fractured his finger during a preseason game on Saturday night and that the injury will require surgery.
The Warriors are going to be without backup center Lou Amundson for a little while.  Amundson suffered a fracture in his right index finger during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers – and the injury will require surgery.  The date for the surgery has not yet been determined. 

Amundson was a late addition for the Warriors, who signed him to a two-year, $5 million contract in early September. Don't be fooled by his ponytail: Amundson is a hustle guy off the bench who isn't afraid to mix it up.  The Warriors and first-year head coach Keith Smart will likely make due in his absence by leaning more heavily on new starting power forward David Lee, who was also acquired this summer. Steinmetz reports that backup big men Dan Gadzuric and Jeff Adrien are also likely to see their playing time increase in Amundson's absence.
Posted on: September 13, 2010 11:29 am
Edited on: September 13, 2010 11:41 am
 

Lou Amundson signs with Golden State Warriors

Suns free-agent forward signs two year deal with Warriors, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports.
Posted by Matt Moore


Lou Amundson's long journey of free agency is finally, thankfully over. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com confirms that Amundson has signed with the Golden State Warriors for a two-year deal for $4.7 million. Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports and Marc Stein of ESPN both had reports earlier confirming the signing. Berger confirms that the second year of the deal is a player option, leaving both Amundson and the Warriors flexibility down the line if the marriage doesn't work, so to speak.

Amundson has been on the vine since free agency started, despite being a huge part of the Suns' run to the Western Conference Finals. At 27 years old, he's not a spring chicken, but he's not getting fit for a walker, either. He finished with a 16.7% rebounding rate , that's right behind Kendrick Perkins among centers. He's not the caliber of Perkins, but he does provide solid rebounding production and defensive effort off the bench. In Don Nelson's system, it'll be interesting to see if he's able to keep up that kind of work in a system that neither rewards, nor facillitates good rebounding or good defense.

But Amundson deserved a job, and it's good for the Warriors that they nabbed him this late for a good price.
Posted on: August 18, 2010 9:04 am
 

Shootaround 8.18.10: Louuuu!

Pierce wants help, Wall won't get that many buckets, and the Suns have the pick but no roll in today's edition of the shootaround. Posted by Matt Moore

Paul Pierce says the Celtics need one more piece , specifically a wing to come in and relieve him. He doesn't sound thrilled with the team losing Tony Allen, specifically. How they'll fill that hole is an entirely different question, if at all. Allen played a pretty specific role (and honestly didn't play it all that well prior to the second half of last season). Furthermore, Pierce's statement serves as a significant knock agasint Marquis Daniels, who's supposed to particularly be just that for that for the Celtics.

The Warriors, Hornets, and Pacers are in pursuit of Lou Amundson, the Phoenix big man who found the team didn't have room for him after their replacement moves this summer. The Warriors are the easy option, a nice market and a fun way to play. But it also provides the least chance to win. The Pacers are likely to be a fun team, full of speed and versatility (much like the Suns last season), but it's not clear if Amundson (28) wants to be the veteran presence on a team. That leaves the Hornets, who will play a much slower pace than he's used to most likely. The fact is that the best situation for Amundson was Phoenix, who really did need him. But hey, when Hakim Warrick comes available...

John Wall is a near-lock to lead all rookies in assists next year. But how's his scoring going to be? Bullets Forever takes a look at the issue and finds that Wall's top three options are heavy-usage players that don't necessarily score a lot off of assists. So not only will Wall's scoring be lower than expected, but similarly his point totals may not wow the eye either. There's a solution, here, ditching Gilbert Arenas for cheap fluff, but no one wants to hear that option in Washington (or they believe that no one will take Arenas period).

A perfect example of what advanced metrics can do? A block is a block right? Except some blocks have more value than others , and the number of blocks you make impact the overall value of all of your blocks. So a block is not just a block.

Kendrick Perkins is targeting February for a return . Which is awkward, because that means if the Celtics find themselves surprised by a lack of center depth (despite Jermaine O'Neal and Shaquille O'Neal), they're not going to have much time to make that assessment if they need to make a trade.

The NCAA president wants to see baseball-like rules for the NBA's draft guidelines. This would mean players can go to the NBA straight out of high school, but if they elect to go to college, they must stay for three years or until they're 21. An interesting idea, but as John Krolik points out , one fraught with complications. An additional question is where the NBA D-League would play in this process, and if it would help bridge the gap. Either way, it's unlikely for this option to be adopted, given the economic realities.

Jerry Buss isn't lacking for confidence when it comes to the Lakers' chances against the Heat. The list of people actually admitting fear or even legitimate respect for the Heat is pretty small, for some reason.

The pick-and-roll has been the cornerstone of the Suns' offense for years. And yet looking at their options , the Suns may be looking at a lot more pick-and-pops than rolls. Robin Lopez may be their only hope.


 
 
 
 
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