- Earl Clark - The Suns have had an interesting offseason, yet there have been casualties. For some reason, they have seriously stocked up on forwards, bringing in Hakim Warrick, Hedo Turkoglu, Gani Lawal and Josh Childress, but there have been victims from that. Louis Amundson was one; he was the team's best rebounder, and he's now gone in favour of Hakim Warrick, who is much worse at it. The Suns' rebounding now falls squarely on Robin Lopez's shoulders, and he's not even really that good at it. The other victim is Clark, who figures not to play a single minute. And I'm not sure what he did to deserve that. (Also, what's Jared Dudley going to do? What did he do to deserve a minute cut? Because he'll inevitably have to have one, even if you play Childress as a full time backup 2.)
Clark's rookie year was not great, due in no small part to a lack of opportunities. He averaged only 2.7 points and 1.4 rebounds per game, shooting 37% with an 8.5 PER, and not always playing the quality defense for which he (should) be known. The departure of Amare Stoudemire should in theory have gotten him more playing time; however, the acquisitions of Hakim Warrick, Josh Childress and Hedo Turkoglu, plus the retention of Grant Hill and Jared Dudley, and the possible re-signing of Louis Amundson, seem to have snuffed that out again. Where Clark's minutes will come from next year is once again unclear.
[...] Few other offseason moves have worked out, either, and the Cavaliers have found themselves off to a disappointing 10-21 start. Most notably, #1 overall pick Anthony Bennett is off to a horrific start to his NBA career, shooting 28% from the field and looking utterly lost and overwhelmed. After his great climax to last season, Jarrett Jack has regressed to his career means with sedate averages of 10 and 4, whilst the other big summer signing, Earl Clark, has gone from being a player who could do a little bit of everything except shoot to a fairly one dimensional (albeit efficient) one dimensional shooter who no longer wishes to use his good passing skills. The efficient, capable, sweet-shooting Matthew Dellavedova has been a good third string point guard pick-up, and Henry Sims has pretty much outplayed Bennett in his limited minutes to date, but with draftees Sergei Karasev and Carrick Felix offering nothing so far, the Cavaliers’ offseason acquisitions have been mostly underwhelming. And because of this, the team has been underwhelming.
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